Moncrief will theoretically replace Allen Robinson, who reportedly signed with the Chicago Bears, but he joins a crowded wide receiver group in Jacksonville that now includes Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Dede Westbrook, and Keelan Cole. The circumstances will make it hard for Lee to take a big step forward from what he did the past two years. And not long afterward they made another addition, with ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting that Jacksonville will be adding Indianapolis Colts free agent to their roster when free agency officially begins on Wednesday.
Moncrief, 24, caught 64 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns in 2015 but has just 56 receptions since, with Andrew Luck out of the lineup for much of that span.
After playing in all 16 games his first two years in the league, however, Moncrief would suffer a bit from the injury bug in 2016 and 2017, playing in a combined 19 games over that span. Based on Robinson's deal with the Bears-$42 million over four years-it will likely be under that $10 million-plus average-per-year that the Jaguars chose not to offer Robinson in lieu of Chicago's interest. At even just the guaranteed money of $18 million, the Jaguars could have placed the franchise tag on Robinson in 2018 for less. However, Lee will continue to play a major role in the offense moving forward as a consistent receiving target for quarterback Blake Bortles.