The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will re-sign cornerback/special teamer Josh Robinson, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN. Robinson was a core special teamer last season and looked decent in very limited time as a cornerback, so taking him back at a cheap price makes a lot of sense for the Bucs.
Robinson is getting a nice chunk of change, according to Adam Schefter, which probably signals an expanded role on defense — perhaps nickel corner, or at least competing for that spot.
Josh Robinson is signing with the Buccaneers: 2 years, $6.5M, including $3.5 guaranteed, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2017
The Bucs lost Russell Shepard, their best special teams coverage player, to the Carolina Panthers, who promised him a bigger role as a wide receiver. And also more money. Money matters. Retaining Robinson was thus key to the Bucs’ special teams performance.
Robinson spent the first four seasons of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, earning a starting job in year two and losing it in year three. He is unfortunately best known for once comparing same-sex marriage to incest and pedophilia, which earned him a lot of criticism in 2015 — he’s since kept silent on those and other non-football issues.
Ignoring his off-field commentary, Robinson is a really good special teamer and a solid backup cornerback, though, so this re-signing makes a lot of sense.