Allen Robinson won't rule out return to Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Wide received Allen Robinson is open to returning to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he admits to being slightly offended that the team did not use the franchise tag on him.

Robinson made those comments during an appearance on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports radio with Adam Schein on Monday.

As for possibly re-signing with the team that drafted him in the second round in 2014, Robinson told Schein he "wouldn’t rule that out by any means."

The Jaguars declined to use the franchise tag on Robinson, which would have guaranteed him $15.982 million in 2018. His agent is now free to negotiate with other clubs and he can sign as early as 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, when the new league year begins.

"I know that it is a business so I know that on their end they have to do business for themselves as well," Robinson told Schein. " ... What I’ve brought to this team, to this city, to this league, I’ve strapped it up each and every Sunday for Jacksonville, so I mean for me it was, I’m not going to say frustrating because I know it’s a business, but at the end of the day it is what it is."

Robinson has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns in four seasons, but he is coming off a torn left ACL that he suffered on the third offensive play of the 2017 season opener at Houston.

Robinson had 48 catches for 548 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie before a knee injury ended his season after 10 games. He had a monster year in 2015 (80 catches, 1,400 yards, franchise single-season record 14 touchdown catches) and appeared to be on the cusp of joining the elite list of receivers in the NFL.

However, the Jaguars’ offense struggled in 2016 and so did Robinson. He was targeted the same amount of times (151) as he was in 2015, but his yardage and touchdown numbers dropped off: 73 catches for 883 yards and six TDs. After leading the NFL with 31 catches of 20 or more yards in 2015, Robinson had just 11 in 2016.

His per-catch average also dropped by 5.4 yards from 2015 to 2016.

However, Robinson had a fantastic training camp and appeared poised for a big season in 2017 before his injury.