It’s been a long, eventful career for Michael Robinson, but he said over the weekend that the end of that eight-year career may be very near.
The Seahawks have yet to make a contract offer to the unrestricted free agent, who has been a member of the team since 2010. But rather than feeling upset at the Seahawks, Robinson has been at peace and said that he “understands” the situation.
He spoke with StateCollege.com on Sunday:
There really isn’t a market for 31-year fullbacks headed into their ninth year in the league. Economically speaking, I understand that. I’m going to give myself a little time after the draft to let teams see how their rosters shake out. After seeing what happens, I’m probably going to call it a career.
Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2006 out of Penn State, Robinson played in all but two games in his four years in the Bay Area.
He rushed for two touchdowns, both in his rookie year, and totaled 289 rushing yards in his four seasons with San Francisco. He also recorded 43 catches for 346 yards before being released at the end of the 49ers 2010 preseason.
The Seahawks signed him three days after his release.
In Seattle, Robinson grew as an emotional leader and though his stats weren’t altogether exciting, his play on the field and his class off of it made him a respected player and person.
He carried the ball just 29 times for 133 yards in Seattle and added 32 receptions for 260 yards and three touchdowns, but Robinson has made his name in Seattle as Marshawn Lynch‘s main run blocker. Lynch has been one of the best running backs in the league for the past few years and he has to give at least some of that credit to Robinson.
Robinson’s career has included a Pro Bowl in 2011 and a Super Bowl championship last year with the Seahawks.
He said he would like to play in the NFL next year, but if he doesn’t, he has a plan.
In 2005, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Penn State and plans to use it to go into sportscasting.
“I’m treating my broadcast career as if I am not going to play any more,” Robinson said. “And if I do get a call from a team, then I’m counting that as a bonus.”
We will have to wait and see if Robinson’s career is truly over, but if it is, it’s been a pleasure having his talent in Seattle.