Bleacher Report released a list of five trades NFL teams should try to make before this month’s draft and included the Jacksonville Jaguars in one of its potential deals.
Ian Wharton thinks the team should trade left tackle Cam Robinson to the Carolina Panthers. In the script, he had Jacksonville parting ways with his pick at 198 and 223 for the Panthers’ pick at 137. Here’s what Bleacher Report wrote:
Whether the Jaguars pick an offensive lineman or pass thrower with the No. 1 overall pick, spending $16.7 million on Cam Robinson’s franchise tag is a waste, given their needs. 2021 second-round pick Walker Little can take over at left tackle, and Robinson doesn’t have the talent to justify paying that much for a left guard. The Jags’ decision to tag him feels more like they’re looking for a trade.
Carolina would be a much better place for Robinson both now and in the long run. While the Panthers probably don’t like the idea of losing another draft pick, this regime needs to play to its strengths to get a viable long-term winner on the field. Taking a rookie quarterback with the sixth overall pick and putting him behind a rebuilt line is one way to get back on track.
This deal doesn’t make much sense for the Jaguars. Paying Robinson $16.7 million seems like a lot, but he improved last season. He allowed just one sack and 31 pressures all season, which are the two best numbers of his career excluding the year he tore his ACL at the start of the season (2018).
Head coach Doug Pederson has spoken highly of Robinson at owner meetings this offseason and said he hopes the team can reach a long-term deal with him.
“Bringing back great guys like Cam is protecting your quarterback,” he said. “We want the offensive line to solidify. We want guys up there who’ve been around. Cam is a big part of that, so we’re obviously excited to hold him back. I hope we will find a long-term agreement with him, so he has been there for over a year.
However, a caveat to this argument is that Robinson still hasn’t signed his tag. But Jacksonville has months before the deadline to reach a long-term agreement.
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