Up next in our review of the Browns’ unrestricted free agents is OT Greg Robinson.
How and When He Joined the Browns: Robinson joined the Browns during the 2018 offseason as a veteran free agent signing, having spent his career with the Rams and Lions up until that point. Robinson was signed as Cleveland tried to find a replacement for future Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas.
Productivity Level Last Season: After an unconventional roster move (the Browns cut him and re-signed him prior to Week 1), Robinson was then ejected in the first regular season game for kicking a player in the head. He would go on to start 14 games for Cleveland. According to NFL Penalties, Robinson was flagged 12 times in 2019 (5 holding, 3 false start, 3 other). Per Pro Football Focus, “Robinson’s 66.9 overall grade in 2019 may only rank 22nd among 37 qualifying left tackles.”
Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: Robinson has a lot of flaws, but prior to him starting midway through the 2018 season, we saw how much worse things could be at the left tackle situation. I hate to say that he offers a sense of stability, but on a low barometer scale, that’s what he did, and his two years with Cleveland were the best of his career.
What the Browns Should Do: It’s time for the Browns to move on from Robinson, and it’s not just because of the 157 pounds of marijuana that he thought was worth risking transport:
Photo via U.S. Customs and Border Protection from the Greg Robinson bust, showing the duffle bags holding 157 pounds of marijuana found in the back of the rented Chevy Tahoe pic.twitter.com/xMTI00ojkt— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) February 21, 2020
The bigger reason the Browns need to move on is that they need to find their future left tackle. Robinson bought them a two-year stopgap after Joe Thomas’ retirement, but now Cleveland has a Top-10 draft pick in a tackle-heavy draft at the top. Also, if the weed thing doesn’t impact his NFL career, Robinson would probably command a deal worth more than $7 million per year, which isn’t worth it for a player whose ceiling is average at best.
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