Former Vikings receiver Marcus Robinson has retired from the NFL as a Chicago Bear. Robinson's holiday release from the Vikings in 2006 was the subject of scrutiny for head coach Brad Childress.
Former Vikings receiver Marcus Robinson is calling it a career.
After being drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 1997 draft, Robinson made his impact felt quickly when he set a Bears single-season record with 1,400 yards receiving in 1999, which was fourth in the NFL that season. His 84 receptions that year were fifth for the Bears, and he ended up spending six seasons with that franchise before joining the Baltimore Ravens in 2003, when he had 31 receptions for 451 yards and a team-high six touchdown catches, and the Minnesota Vikings
In three seasons with the Vikings, Robinson had 107 catches for 1,553 yards and 17 touchdowns, the most for the Vikings during that three-year span. However, he might be remember most in Minnesota for being informed of his release on Christmas Eve during the final stages of the 2006 season, a move that resulted in head coach Brad Childress receiving some heat from the media.
In 2004, his first year with the Vikings, he had 47 catches for 657 yards and eight touchdowns. He followed that up with 31 receptions for 515 yards and five touchdowns in 2005, and then 29 catches for 381 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games in 2006.
Robinson joined the Detroit Lions in 2007, but was placed on injured reserve with a quadriceps injury before the start of the season. He will retire as a Chicago Bear.
He is the only player in the 88-year history of the Bears to have three games with 150 yards or more in a single season, a feat he accomplished in 1999. He ranks 16th in Bears history with 187 catches, 19th with 2,695 yards and tied for 13th with 20 touchdown receptions.
For his career, he made 52 starts in 107 games and caught 325 passes for 4,699 yards and 43 touchdowns.
Matt Birk made it through all three days of minicamp, but, like the unsigned rookies, isn't expected back to Winter Park before the start of training camp. The team has five OTA practices left, which are not mandatory. Birk attended the minicamp primarily because it was mandatory.
On the subject of Birk, he will host his HIKE Foundation celebrity golf tournament today at Rush Creek Golf Course in Maple Grove. The tournament raises money to assist at-risk children in the Twin Cities area.
The Vikings spent much of their final session of minicamp working on red zone drills. The team threw a lot of passes to its tight ends and Visanthe Shiancoe had another nice day, catching just about everything thrown his way. Shiancoe has lost about 10 pounds and said over the weekend that he feels great about his conditioning and his prospects for 2008 after a disappointing 2007 season.
While both E.J. Henderson and Darren Sharper worked out with the audio-equipped helmets for the Vikings defense, it appears as though Henderson will be the primary user of the new technology for the defense.
Ray Edwards was again absent from the drills Sunday. He was replaced by Jayme Mitchell. Brian Robison, who split time at left end with Edwards last year, is being used exclusively at right end behind Jared Allen.
Word out of Chicago is that the Bears are so fed up with RB Cedric Benson, who got his second DWI in a month over the weekend, that there is a distinct possibility that the team might release the former lottery pick.
An interesting turn of events could happen to the Bills if Marshawn Lynch ends up in trouble over a recent hit-and-run incident. Lynch was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident last week and is expected to be charged as early as today or tomorrow. Although he only faces misdemeanor charges, if convicted, it could jeopardize his ability to go into neighboring Canada. Why is that an issue? The Bills are going to play two games in Toronto this season and even a misdemeanor conviction could make Lynch ineligible to cross the border.