Cleveland Browns: No reason to panic on Greg Robinson front
The Cleveland Browns released Greg Robinson on Sunday which led to a little panic, but there’s no reason to worry as the team plans to bring him back
In what was a rather unexpected move, the Cleveland Browns released Greg Robinson on Sunday. Their starting left tackle for the second half of the 2018 season, Robinson entered this year expecting to continue to fill that role.
Not only was he given a contract that could be worth up to $9 million, but Cleveland didn’t bring anyone in who could legitimately push for his job.
That made it even more shocking when his name hit the news ticker as a player the Browns were releasing. That lack of a true contender for his role also led to understandable panic amongst fans in the Dawg Pound.
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Thankfully, there were more reports to follow that said Robinson is still in the plans and according to Scott Patsko of Cleveland.com, he’s still expected to be on the field Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans.
"“Robinson signed a one-year contract with the Browns earlier this season after starting the final eight games of 2018. Robinson has been the team’s starting left tackle throughout training camp and preseason, and is still expected to start Week 1 against the Titans.” — Patsko, Cleveland.com"
So why was he released? Well, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network says that this move was all about being able to keep fellow offensive lineman Drew Forbes, who will go to the IR. Forbes, who injured his knee in the final preseason game would have been subject to waivers had Cleveland placed him on the injured reserve before the 53-man roster was set.
As for Robinson, being a vested veteran meant he was not subject to waivers if cut. That allowed them to make this move and keep Forbes while simply re-signing Robinson once that move is official.
And for anyone worried that G-Rob could sign elsewhere, he was surely in on the plan. This isn’t the first time a team has done such a move and surely won’t be the last.
What will be interesting is seeing if there is any change to the deal Robinson had. Perhaps he gets a little more security beyond this year for his willingness to help them keep a young player. Or maybe they just give him the same deal he originally had.
Either way, this situation will be resolved quickly and there’s no reason to panic. Robinson will be on the field protecting Baker Mayfield‘s blindside when the 2019 season kicks off.