In a move as under-the-radar as ditching a high-proflie free agent can be, the Jacksonville Jaguars released WR Laurent Robinson today as the 2013 NFL free agency signing period revs up in full gear on day two.
The move seems to at least attempt to do something positive with their embattled QB situation, apparently. 2011 top-ten pick Blaine Gabbert has been awful both his seasons and will face off with ex-Miami Dolphins QB Chad Henne in training camp and could – perhaps – lose his job, depending on the situation.
The team paid handsomely for Robinson’s services last season with a 5-year $32.5 million deal when Robinson had a “breakout” 1,000-yard season in 2011 with the Dallas Cowboys. They have Tony Romo, however, and Romo puts up great stats for the first 58 minutes of the game. Gabbert? Not so much. At all.
WR Cecil Shorts, a second-year pro (last season) out of college powerhouse Mount Union, had his own “breakout” year with 979 receiving yards and 7 TDs, leaving little left to go around with Robinson and rookie WR Justin Blackmon on the roster. Robinson spent a good part of the time injured last season with concussions and I’m sure that went into the thinking as well.
On a personal note, I’ll always root for Cecil because of two reasons: I have a 2 1/2 yr-old cat named Cecil so I noticed Shorts’ production earlier than most people did in my fantasy leagues and was able to pick him up off waivers in 2 of those 3 leagues, one of which, I won.
So, with his combo of names…cats are many things, but they’re not exactly TALL, right?…and with his production coming along, he’s a beast!
Okay, okay sorry. But he IS poised to be a 1,000-yd WR in 2013 and Blackmon shouldn’t be too far behind him by the time opening day rolls around and the Jags wanted to dump his salary; they’ll deal with the ‘cap hit’ in the short term. Laurent’s still well into his $14 million guaranteed money anyway, so the team simply freed the roster spot in essence.
RB Jahvid Best of the Detroit Lions had to call it a career after very little active NFL time because of concussions and the problems and instances have been greatly magnified by a number of news reports on them in the past year – all of them bad. There’s lingering disagreement between Robinson and the team as to his current health, however, so this story may have more to go. He reportedly had 4 different concussions and he claims he still isn’t healthy.
Sounds like nobody will be picking him up anytime soon and given the tone I’m hearing, legal action could be brewing. It’s early early yet…but this is huge news in the broader issue of TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury – and the ongoing process in the courts on the issue between the NFLPA and NFL.
Robinson vows to be “ready very soon” for any potential suitors and looks forward to the season.
I seem to recall similar preseason sentiments from Jahvid Best last year.