The Seahawks have made just one roster move so far in paring the roster from 75 to 53, but it was a rather surprising one as the team released veteran fullback Michael Robinson. The news is included in the NFL.com lists of cuts.
Robinson also Tweeted a goodbye message to Seattle fans.
Been real #12thMan will always have love for ya
— Michael Robinson (@RealMikeRob) August 31, 2013
Robinson, who the Seahawks picked up as a free agent in 2010, was due to make $2.5 million this year, making him the third highest-paid fullback in the NFL, a salary that at the age of 30 left him expendable with the team having younger, promising players who can fill that spot in Derrick Coleman and sixth-round pick Spencer Ware. Cutting him will save the team $1 million in cap space.
Robinson is a respected team leader and also the producer of the popular RealRobRobert videos.
Robinson had not played in Seattle’s final two preseason games after suffering a virus that coach Pete Carroll had said on Wednesday could keep him out for a few more weeks.
Robinson was named to the Pro Bowl in 2011 and named to Sports Illustrated’s All-Pro team last season when he had 14 carries for 49 yards and 13 receptions for 126 as well as providing lead blocking for tailback Marshawn Lynch.
And as KJR-AM’s Curtis Crabtree has noted, the team could simply try to bring Robinson back at a lower salary a few weeks into the season.
UPDATE: And here’s some reaction among teammates:
From linebacker Bobby Wagner:
I did not see that coming
— Bobby Wagner (@Bwagz54) August 31, 2013
And cornerback Richard Sherman:
The Business side of the NFL… Sucks for both fans and players….
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) August 31, 2013
UPDATE: And from Russell Wilson:
I'm going to miss you @RealMikeRob You're the best in the business. Love you VA.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) August 31, 2013