Former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, a popular mainstay of the team the last three years who was released in the final cutdown to 53 players, said in an interview on KJR-AM this morning that he was shocked to be cut by the team but has no hard feelings.
“Just as it was a shock to you it was a shock to me also,” he said. “But it’s the business. … There are no hard feelings. Everybody playing in the National Football League will receive that call some day and unfortunately it was my time.”
Robinson said he was cut because he was making $2.5 million and also had been sick the previous two weeks with what he said was a “real bad reaction to some prescription medicine.”
Robinson said the bad reaction impact his liver and his kidneys and that “it was looking really bad for me for a while. I didn’t realize the extent until afterwards. … when you have a roster tag of $2.5 million and the uncertainty of your health, obviously some business decisions have to be made.” Robinson did not play in the team’s final two preseason games.
Robinson said the team did not ask him to renegotiate his contract, which he says he wishes they had, instead simply releasing him.,
Robinson has since returned to his home in the Phoenix area and is dabbling in broadcasting, which he wants to make his post-playing career. But he said he also is continuing to work out with the hope of being signed by a team.
“I’m just sitting around waiting and doing some broadcasting while I’m waiting,” he said, adding that he now has some time “to get completely healthy.”
Robinson said he continues to talk regularly with players such as Marshawn Lynch and Red Bryant and that he would be open to returning to the Seahawks if they called.
“You can’t say that the ship has sailed,” he said.
Seattle kept first-year player Derrick Coleman and rookie Spencer Ware at fullback instead of Robinson.