New Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell is continuing his gutting of an extremely overpaid roster.
On Wednesday, the Jaguars announced they released wide receiver Laurent Robinson only one season after he signed a five-year, $32.5 million deal as a free agent. The move is somewhat shocking given the fact that Robinson was recently cleared to return to action after suffering four concussions last season, but seems to follow along the lines of Caldwell getting rid of the bad contracts that former general manager Gene Smith has handed out the past two seasons.
Robinson was the Jaguars top free agent target last offseason after he had a breakout season with the Dallas Cowboys in 2011. Due to his concussion problems, Robinson was never able to play up to the level of his big contract. Apparently Caldwell was of the opinion that Robinson was not worth keeping around at the price tag he was carrying.
The release of Robinson leaves the Jaguars with only Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon as the only legitimate options the team has at the wide receiver position. However, with both Shorts and Blackmon emerging last season, Robinson was never going to be anything more than a third option for the offense. The Jaguars will now look for a significantly cheaper option to fill that third receiver role.
This release is the fourth such roster move this offseason in which the Jaguars have dumped overpaid veterans in order to make room for younger talent. The Jaguars have already cut ties with offensive tackle Guy Whimper, safety Dawan Landry and cornerback Aaron Ross this offseason.