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The Jaguars' receiving corps last season resembled a hypothetical race between the Ryan brothers, Rex and Rob. It wasn't pretty.
As such, Gene Smith pledged to upgrade the unit this offseason, both via free agency and the draft. His attempt began with Laurent Robinson, despite the rich crop of receivers on the market.
There is nothing necessarily wrong with signing Robinson with the intent to complement the move with Justin Blackmon in the draft, but Smith did so by giving Robinson a $32.5 million contract.
The five-year journeyman parlayed one good season into a nice contract. You will note that Robinson had a good year, but he had just 858 yards receiving. His 11 touchdowns looked great on his stat sheet, but the touchdown is a fickle friend.
As you might imagine, Robinson had not even totaled half that many touchdowns in the four years prior to landing in Dallas with Tony Romo slinging the ball and talent galore surrounding him.
Once again, Smith had an opportunity to sign a more proven veteran, and he had the cap space to upgrade the offer. Robinson got himself a nice payday, but it might come at the expense of Jaguars fans.