The Seattle Seahawks began their effort to cut down to NFL-mandated 53 players on Friday, making a roster move that ultimately was more about money than performance.
They released fullback Michael Robinson.
“Been real #12thMan will always have love for ya,” Robinson said via Twitter
The Penn State product served as running back Marshawn Lynch’s escort for three seasons since joining the team in 2010. However, Robinson was due to make $2.5 million in base salary in 2013, which would have made him the highest-paid fullback in the league.
Robinson had been dealing with a serious illness that kept him out of Seattle’s last two exhibition games. Pete Carroll indicated he did not know when Robinson would be healthy enough to return once the regular season began next week. And if Robinson was on Seattle’s roster for Week 1 of the regular season, his full salary would have been guaranteed.
Now, the Seahawks could bring Robinson back during Week 2 on a reduced, non-guaranteed contract, taking on less risk.
Robinson, 30, earned a Pro Bowl invitation in 2011, and was a first alternate for the annual all-star game in Hawaii last season after helping Lynch rush for a career-high 1,590 yards.
Seattle has other options to use at fullback, including second-year pro Derrick Coleman and rookie sixth-round draft choice Spencer Ware. The Seahawks also have used tight end Zach Miller at fullback at times when Robinson has been injured.
With Robinson released, the Seahawks are down to 74 players, and have to submit the team’s 53-man final roster to the NFL by the league’s 3 p.m. PDT Saturday deadline.Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @eric_d_williams