Keenan Robinson was once one of the most promising young Redskins on the team, a linebacker who looked poised to man the middle of the defense for years to come. Now, though, after a sharp decline in production and health, it sounds like his Redskins career is over, and that potential will have to be fulfilled elsewhere.
On Wednesday, the 26-year-old posted a photo and message on Instagram indicating that he's going to find himself on the open market rather than at the negotiating table with Washington's front office when free agency begins.
Here is the full post:
Thank You Redskins for the opportunity and the memories. Thank you fans for the support and backing us through the ups and the downs. These last four years went by fast but the journey itself has been rewarding and valuable. I'm blessed for the experience and grateful for my time here in DC. Can't wait to see what the future holds in store.
A photo posted by Keenan Robinson (@keenanrobinson) on Mar 9, 2016 at 10:06am PST
Robinson opened the 2015 season as a starter on Joe Barry's defense, but struggles with tackling and then a shoulder issue opened the door for Will Compton to take his spot, which Compton did. At the Combine, head coach Jay Gruden was pretty forward when asked about whether the 2012 draft pick would be brought back for another year.
“Keenan finished off strong for us [and] was good in the locker room,” Gruden said. “But I think he’s going to hit free agency and probably land somewhere else.”
With Mason Foster coming back along with Compton, Robinson became expendable. Now, another franchise will have to decide how much money Robinson is worth — and what role he deserves on their roster as well.