The NY Jets are looking to bolster their wide receiver room this offseason in hopes of surrounding Zach Wilson with as much talent as possible. But free-agent wide receiver Allen Robinson doesn't appear to be near the top of their list of potential targets.
Despite earlier reported interest, the Jets will not be pursuing Robinson in free agency, per The Athletic's Connor Hughes. Hughes listed off a few names that the Jets could be interested in, but also insisted that there's a reason he hasn't reported much on Robinson.
The Jets aren't interested. They will look for other ways to upgrade their wide receiver corps.
The consensus seems to be that the Jets will target a mid-tier veteran in free agency to pair with a top-40 player in the 2022 NFL Draft. Robinson doesn't fit that criteria.
Don't expect the NY Jets to sign Allen Robinson
Robinson has long been seen as one of the more underappreciated wide receivers in football. A second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Robinson has spent his career playing with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.
Apart from that one year Blake Bortles decided to be a good quarterback, Robinson has been saddled with subpar quarterback play for his entire career. Now a free agent, he's eager to sign with a team that could maximize his talents.
While the Jets are hopeful that Zach Wilson will take a big leap in his second season, the rookie's inaugural NFL campaign isn't exactly a strong selling point for Robinson. It's hard to believe either side would be interested in a potential union.
At 28-years-old, Robinson undoubtedly still has plenty left in the tank. That said, he's coming off an injury-riddled 2021 season that saw him miss five games and finish with a dreadful 38 catches for 410 yards.
Robinson checked out in Chicago, and his own team's subpar quarterback play certainly contributed to his lackluster stat line. Spotrac projects that Robinson will receive a contract north of four years, $65 million worth over $16 million per season.
It stands to reason that the Jets aren't looking to pay that much for a player who averaged just three catches for 34 yards per game last season, especially given his injury history.
The Jets will likely explore other options to upgrade the wide receiver position. Allen Robinson will not be one of those options.