Looking to improve their offensive line, the Cleveland Browns have signed tackle Greg Robinson. Robinson, the former second overall pick by the then St. Louis Rams in 2014, has struggled through 48 starts in his four-year career.
Cleveland Browns Sign Greg Robinson
Robinson played his college football at Auburn. After being red-shirted as a freshman, he started 11 games at left tackle for the Tigers. In 2013, Robinson played extremely well, establishing himself as a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The then St. Louis Rams picked Robinson with the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Robinson and the Rams agreed to a four-year deal worth a fully guaranteed $21.28 million contract, with a $13.79 million signing bonus.
In three years with the Rams, Robinson played and started 42 games. Robinson displayed some talent at times with the Rams. However, his play was marred by inconsistency. He also had trouble staying in shape. In 2016, Robinson showed up to training camp 15 pounds overweight. After the Rams landed veteran tackle Andrew Whitworth in 2017, they announced that Robinson would be shifted away from left tackle in favor of their new signing. Later in the year, the Rams announced they would decline to pick up Robinson’s fifth-year option, allowing him to become a free agent in 2018.
On June 15th, 2017, the Rams traded Robinson to the Detroit Lions for a 2018 sixth-round pick. The Lions procured Robinson’s talents as an answer to their starting left tackle Taylor Decker having to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. Robinson played and started in only six games for the Lions in 2017. After dealing with a nagging ankle injury for most of last year, the Lions waived Robinson. He also had a below average season for a starting left tackle. Robinson was placed on injured reserve after clearing waivers.
At still only 25 years old, Robinson has plenty of years left in the league. As a former second overall pick, he clearly has talent. While his time with the Rams and Lions ended in a disappointing fashion, Robinson has plenty of time and plenty of talent to turn his career around.