As first discussed by ESPN’s John Clayton on his Saturday morning KJR radio show, the Seahawks are suffering through renewed distress with Robinson’s history of indifference – and with new Team President Tim Ruskell firmly in charge, the reaction to Robinson’s antics may be changing. Clayton’s claim that Robinson has missed the occasional team workout in 2005 is unconfirmed by any other source at this time, but Adkins says that Ruskell and head coach Mike Holmgren – long Robinson’s staunchest defender – have met on two separate occasions recently to discuss Robinson’s fate. The team is reportedly on the verge of making a move. The odds of Robinson being released outright are very low, but it appears that the team has finally had enough.
Robinson has been benched several times over the last two years by Holmgren for missing practices and team meetings , and he served a four-game suspension mandated by the NFL last season for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. Holmgren has said that Robinson spent some of the off-season in a rehab facility, although it is not known how this has progressed.
One move involving Robinson that has been discussed by many is the possibility of a trade involving Washington Redskins WR Rod Gardner. Adkins says that Gardner either does not want to ink a new deal/extension with Washington or he is seeking #1 receiver compensation, which he is not going to receive. Gardner caught 51 balls in 2004, but dropped 9 more…which would make any Seahawks fan, long weary of their own receivers’ issues in the drop department, wonder why Seattle would wish to make what would amount to a one-year deal with Gardner. The two possible upsides are that Gardner would essentially be playing in a “walk year” situation, and that unlike Robinson, he’d at least show up to practices and team meetings on time – or at all.
The second possible imminent roster move involves LB Chad Brown. Brown has been a Seahawk since 1997, and has been one of the few constants in a defense that has shuttled through several coordinators and schemes in a vain search for elite effectiveness.
In his first five years in Seattle, Brown missed only one game, but that trend of reliability has reversed itself with a vengeance in the last three seasons. Brown missed 8 games in 2002 and 9 last season. He will be 35 years old in July and was scheduled to make $4.2 million in 2005. The Seahawks and Brown’s side have tried to come to an agreement regarding a restructuring, but a stalemate seems inevitable. The Seahawks are reportedly willing to pay Brown $1 million in 2005, which Brown will not accept. He wants twice that. Cutting Brown would save the team $2.37 million immediately, and after signing LB Jamie Sharper to a 5-year, $17.5 million deal on April 12, the team doesn’t even have enough money to sign its own draft picks. The NFL Draft takes place next weekend, April 23-24.
If Brown and the Seahawks cannot reach an agreement by Monday, it looks very likely that Chad Brown’s long and distinguished tenure with the Seahawks will come to an end.
Doug Farrar is the Editor-in-Chief of Seahawks.NET. Feel free to e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.