Allen Robinson is one of the biggest names on the 2021 Free Agency market. With a huge need for a top receiver, the Baltimore Ravens should show interest.
The Baltimore Ravens wide receiving core is far from an impressive unit and now it will likely undergo a major makeover this offseason. With no true number one receiver and a talent influx needed regardless, we should (hopefully) see the Ravens be aggressive in upgrading the position. There are a slew of free agents to be had and a handful of talented prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft to select, but the most intriguing option available has to be Allen Robinson.
Robinson has long been an established stud receiver since coming into the league in 2014 with three 1,000-yard seasons on his resume. Robinson has accomplished all of his success in spite of mediocre quarterback play during his time with both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears. Despite just one Pro Bowl nod after a 2015 season that saw Robinson collect 14 touchdowns and 1,400-yards, the 27-year old receiver has entrenched himself as perhaps a top-10 receiver in the league.
It’s surprising that a player of Robinson’s caliber is so likely to hit the open market. While the Bears could opt to franchise tag Robinson in hopes of trading him, it seems almost guaranteed that Robinson will be playing football somewhere else in 2021. With any luck, that team should be the Baltimore Ravens.
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Baltimore has a massive need for a receiver who can be its de facto top guy. A guy like Marquise Brown has shown that despite a first-round investment he is no better than a number two option. Brown needs a partner in crime in order to maximize his effectiveness. Others like Miles Boykin and Devin Duvernay are better off as role players than they are starting roles. This offense needs someone who can come in and be the top-dog for this receiving core. Robinson seems like just the right guy for the job.
While the Ravens admittedly are a very run-heavy team and therefore don’t need to have an elite receiving core, the need for Robinson remains a large one. Adding Robinson gives this offense an entirely new dimension that will make the unit a nearly unstoppable force. With a guy like Robinson in the folds now every area of the field is open to being attacked. How can you stop such a great rushing attack when you have to respect a guy like Robinson opening up the middle of the field or working the sidelines? You can’t.
The more important factor than adding a guy like Robinson is the fact that Lamar Jackson needs a true number one receiver to take the next step as a passer. The best quarterbacks in the league have elite receivers to compliment them and Jackson needs just that to get to their respective levels. In Robinson, you are doing just that. Commit to surround Jackson with as much talent as possible and watch your team achieve more success than you can possibly imagine.
Adding Robinson won’t be cheap; he’s likely going to command north of $18 million a season. The going rate for wide receivers continues to climb and Robinson is a guy who you can justify allowing the reset the market. With any luck, Baltimore can get him for less than $20 million, but even then he would be worth such a large investment.
Allen Robinson may be the final missing piece to this Baltimore Ravens offense. Adding him would make this receiving core good enough to keep up with some of the best in the league and allow the Ravens to out-score even the best offenses in football. Robinson would complete this Baltimore offense and allow the team to be unguardable. No matter the price, Robinson would be worth the expenditure.