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Laurent Robinson Signs With Jaguars: Deal, Analysis and Grade

ARLINGTON,  TX - NOVEMBER 6:   Laurent Robinson #81 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the ball after making a catch against the Seattle Seahawks at Cowboys Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  The Cowboys defeated the Seahawks 23 to 13.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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David LevinSenior Writer IIMarch 14, 2012

The Jaguars got their man.

After a day where it looked like Laurent Robinson would leave Jacksonville without signing a contract, the former Dallas Cowboys receiver signed a five-year deal worth $32.5 million.

Now with Robinson on board, the look of the Jacksonville receiving corps got a little brighter.

According to a story written by Vito Stellino in the Florida Times-Union, Robinson, entering his sixth season in the league out of Illinois State, caught a career-best 54 passes for 858 yards last season in Dallas.

The deal is similar to the five-year, $34 million deal that tight end Marcedes Lewis signed last season. That had $17 million in guarantees.

The deal also means with one receiver on board, the Jaguars can pursue other receivers and possibly look to other positions of need like defensive end or the offensive line.

The Jaguars have made it known that they needed help with receivers and would look at free agency and possibly the upcoming draft to fill those needs. The market, however for receivers, shrunk in the closing days before free agency as big names re-signed with their current teams.

The Jaguars could still looking to add more pass-catchers to the team with players like Brandon Lloyd of the St. Louis Rams and Mario Manningham of the New York Giants still out there to be signed.

Based on the need and the fact the Jaguars got a player who is athletic and a new red-zone target, just the signing alone could lead to others wanting to play in new head coach Mike Mularkey's offensive system.

Grade: B+

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