Big Blue signs D-Tackle Robbins

The Giants next free-agent find was Fred Robbins, a defensive tackle known for his run-stopping ability.<BR><BR>

"Robbins is a big man and a run stopper who will play in our tackle rotation," GM Ernie Accorsi said.

The 6-4, 325-pound Robbins, who signed a six-year, $20 million deal, started 39 of the 56 games in which he played for the Vikings, with all of the starts coming in the last three seasons. He has played in all 16 games each of the last three seasons. Robbins has been credited with 121 tackles (61 solo) and 3.5 sacks. In 2003, Robbins played in all 16 games, with 12 starts. He had 30 tackles (21 solo), a half-sack, five tackles for losses and a fumble recovery. Robbins started 15 games in 2002 and led the Vikings with seven tackles for losses. That season he had 41 tackles (23 solo). In 2001, Robbins started 12 games and finished with career-high totals of 45 tackles (16 solo) and two sacks. He played eight games as a reserve as a rookie in 2000.

Minnesota selected Robbins on the second round of the 2000 draft, the 55th overall pick. Robbins was a three-year starter at Wake Forest, where he was second-team All-ACC as a senior.

"It's a new beginning for me, and a great opportunity," Robbins said. "We have some great players here, guys who have won."


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