FB Michael Robinson May Rejoin Seahawks
By Corbin Smith
In one of the most shocking final cuts of training camp across the league, the Seattle Seahawks released veteran FB Michael Robinson in August due to salary cap and health concerns. It appears that the Seahawks have interest in re-signing him after a rash of injuries left depth at fullback greatly compromised.
With Derrick Coleman and Spencer Ware out indefinitely with injuries, the team doesn't have a healthy fullback on the active roster. Ware has missed several games with an ankle injury, while Coleman suffered a hamstring injury in Thursday's win over the Arizona Cardinals, forcing TE Zach Miller to step in during two back sets in the second half. Seattle employs a power running game with Marshawn Lynch, and they can't afford to be without a steady blocking presence at fullback, leaving the possibility for Robinson and the team to reunite.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times intially broke the report that Robinson will be taking a physical sometime today with hopes of rejoining the Seahawks. This will be a big step in the process because health issues played a key role in the team's decision to cut the veteran at the end of training camp and the organization will need to see that he's fully recovered from an illness that affected his play during the preseason. Robinson believes that the illness stemmed from a nasty reaction to a prescription medicine, and if he's fully recovered, the move makes great sense for Seattle. Unlike other free agent options, he's familiar with the playbook and would be able to step in and contribute immediately.
If he passes his physical and the Seahawks decide to bring him back, Robinson would be an instant upgrade at the position. He developed into one of the NFL's best fullbacks during his three-year stint with Seattle, as his blocking skills helped Lynch cement his status as an elite running back and he provided valuable versatility on special teams. Robinson, 30, also has been a quality receiver during his time in the league, hauling in 22 catches and scoring three touchdowns the past two seasons.