Jaguars will let WR Allen Robinson test free agency

Robinson missed all but three snaps of this past regular season.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson may test free agency after all.

The Jaguars chose not to place the franchise tag on Robinson prior to Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline.

Robinson will be scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 14. The Jaguars still have the ability to negotiate with the 24-year-old wide receiver before the free agency period begins.

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On March 12, teams begin the legal tampering period ahead of free agency.

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Robinson missed all but three snaps of this past regular season. He tore his ACL on the third play from scrimmage during the season-opener against the Texans in Houston.

The injury occurred during the Jaguars' first offensive possession. Robinson caught a pass for 17 yards and planted awkwardly as he was pushed out of bounds.

Prior to the season-ending injury, Robinson had a strong training camp.

The fifth-year wide receiver has caught 202 passes for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns since being selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

During Robinson's absence from the lineup, the Jaguars saw the emergence of rookie wide receivers Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook. Both players are likely to help fill Robinson's void if he leaves in free agency.

Robinson's potential departure may impact the statuses of fellow wide receivers Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee.

Hurns is due to make $7 million this season. The Jaguars can save that entire annual salary by cutting Hurns this offseason. With Robinson set to hit free agency, the Jaguars may be inclined to hedge their bets by holding onto Hurns.

Lee is also set to become a free agent this offseason. Despite leading the team in receptions, he finished second to Cole in yardage. The former second-round pick caught just seven passes for 69 receiving yards during the Jaguars' three-game postseason run.

Lee may still be an option for the Jaguars. The 26-year-old has actually played in more games during his NFL career than Robinson, despite having a reputation for being injury prone.

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This year's wide receiver draft class could also help make up for a potential Robinson departure. Texas A&M's Christian Kirk, Oklahoma State's James Washington and SMU's Courtland Sutton could appeal to the Jaguars in the first round of April's NFL Draft.

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter at @Mike_E_Kaye.