Posted on March 14, 2012 at 6:08 PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars finally got going in free agency.
The Jaguars agreed to terms with receiver Laurent Robinson on Wednesday and re-signed defensive end Jeremy Mincey, filling the team's most pressing needs on the second day of free agency.
Robinson agreed to a five-year, $32.5 million contract that gives the team a No. 1 receiver. The deal includes $14 million guaranteed. Mincey signed a four-year contract worth $20 million. It includes $9 million guaranteed — an $8 million signing bonus and a guaranteed salary of $1 million in 2012.
The Jaguars consider Robinson and Mincey players on the rise. Others will question whether they are one-year wonders.
The 26-year-old Robinson caught 54 passes for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, a breakout year for a guy who was cut in training camp by San Diego and waived again after a week in Dallas. The Cowboys re-signed him a week later.
Robinson became in demand when several top free agent receivers were off the market, including Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston, Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon. The Jaguars desperately needed someone to pair with young quarterback Blaine Gabbert, but many will wonder if they overpaid for a receiver with 143 career catches and 15 touchdowns.
Nonetheless, the Jaguars can only hope Robinson works out better than all the other No. 1 receivers the team has rolled though Jacksonville since Jimmy Smith retired six years ago.
Reggie Williams, Matt Jones, Jerry Porter, Dennis Northcutt and even Mike Thomas failed to give the team the kind of play-making ability missing since Smith abruptly walked away from football following the 2005 season.
"Obviously he wouldn't be here if he wasn't the type of guy that had Jaguar traits," defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said. "Talent makes you a prospect and character makes you a Jaguar."