Jaguars sign WR Robinson

Posted March 14, 2012 @ 6:53 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated March 15, 2012 @ 2:08 a.m. ET

The Jaguars have had a desperate need for a receiver, and they addressed it by signing former Cowboys WR Laurent Robinson to a five-year contract.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $32.5 million.

Robinson had a breakout campaign in 2011 for Dallas, catching 54 passes for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns. He began his career with the Falcons in 2007 and played for the Rams in 2009-10.

The Jaguars' top receiver last season was Mike Thomas, who went 44-415-1.

 

Fantasy spin

Taking advantage of a career year, former Cowboys WR Laurent Robinson is now a Jaguar, with a five-year, $32.5 million contract, with $14 million reportedly guaranteed. For a player with four subpar years in five seasons to garner a contract this big, when he was part of a Dallas corps of elite receivers, is foolish. However, we're here to talk fantasy football and not the questionable business decisions the Jags continue to make. 

Robinson ended the season with 54-858-11 TDs on 81 targets — a per-game average of 3.9 catches for 61.3 yards and 0.8 TDs on 5.8 targets in 14 games. He had three games with two TDs each and three other games with 100-plus yards, which is impressive for a team's No. 3 receiver. 

He's also injury-prone, and his emergence came out of the blue after fantasyland and NFL analysts had given up on him. Before that, his best season was 2010, when he totaled 34-344-2 on 75 targets, which tells me that fantasy owners who draft him are taking a big risk.

By all accounts Robinson should have a career year as the team's No. 1 receiver by being a vertical threat, but he's never proven he can carry the banner as a No. 1 receiver. The Jaguars may also not be done with free-agent wideouts, as the team's best receiver in 2010, Mike Thomas, is best-suited to play in the slot. Before Robinson's true value is known, we need to see if the team brings in another wideout. For now, view him as a No. 3 fantasy receiver with upside in talent, but who is injury-prone and unproven.

— William Del Pilar