Former Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson is staying the in the NFC East after reportedly signing with the Giants on Thursday evening.
Robinson started the first eight games last season but missed the next four contests with a shoulder injury. During that time, Will Compton established himself as the starter and Robinson wound up finishing the season as a backup—quite a fall for a player who just a few months earlier had been hailed as a potential long-term solution at middle linebacker.
Last month, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden hinted at the Scouting Combine that Robinson, who turns 27 in July, would not be re-signed. Earlier this week, Robinson turned to social media to thank the Redskins and their fans.
“I know he had high hopes of playing very well for us,” Gruden said Feb 24. “Unfortunately the injury bug hit him. And I think when he hurt his shoulder initially it hindered his performance. Then we kept him out, let him rehab it, let him get better. And when he did come back that’s when Compton was playing very well and we didn’t want to take Compton out. ...I think he’s going to hit free agency and probably land somewhere else.”
Robinson, the Redskins' fourth round pick in 2012, possesses elite athleticism but has also battled injuries throughout his career. The Texas product missed the final five games of his rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle. He tore the opposite pec in training camp the following year and missed the entire 2013 season. In 2014 and 2015, he missed seven games due to various injuries.
The signing continues as busy few days for the Giants, who have also added defensive end Olivier Vernon, defensive tackle Damon Harrison and cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo first reported Robinson’s decision to sign with the Giants.