Franchise-tag Debrief: Allen Robinson among players not tagged

The most interesting decisions made on franchise-tag deadline day concerned the players who weren’t tagged. Sheldon Richardson, Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins are all set to hit the open market next week as top-five overall free agents because of their rare combination of youth, talent and previous production.

There are red flags associated with each player, however — otherwise, they wouldn’t be getting to free agency in the first place.

The Jaguars failing to tag Robinson was the most surprising decision. He’s coming off a torn ACL that kept him out for almost all of 2017, and before that, he posted an erratic 2016 season, but his 1,400-yard campaign in ’15 at age 22 showed a true No. 1 receiver skill set. The Jaguars have spent so freely on other teams’ stars that it must be discomfiting for general manager David Caldwell to let one of his best offensive draft picks (made in the second round in 2014) walk away.

Perhaps Jacksonville can still get a deal done before March 14, when Robinson’s agents can begin officially negotiating with other teams, but the siren

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