Buccaneers Add Cornerback Josh Robinson

March 14th, 2016

RobinsonUpdated: 3:09 p.m. Here’s the critical information on the Buccaneers’ new cornerback, Josh Robinson, signed this afternoon, as the Bucs continue to throw chips in the free agency pot.

First, Robinson was on the Vikings last year and didn’t play much. He tore a pectoral muscle early this season and then got phased out upon his return.

He’s 25 years old and, ironically, was a mid-third-round pick of the 2012 Leslie Frazier regime in Minnesota.

Robinson has 21 career starts in 47 games, and he’s played his share of nickel back.

Joe can’t say the 5-10 Robinson is an upgrade from Sterling Moore, but certainly this is a quality depth acquisition, assuming Robinson can stay out of the trainers’ room.

58 Responses to “Buccaneers Add Cornerback Josh Robinson”

  1. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    Really surprised Sterling Moore hasn’t signed somewhere yet

    The guy pretty much shut down Dez Bryant, Julio Jones and OBJ last year

  2. salish_seamonster Says:

    Just read up on him a little. Was a 4.3 guy coming out of college, so he’s got the wheels. 3rd round pick, so he must have some talent. Maybe he’s coached up to be solid depth. Perhaps still decent upside with a young player?

  3. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Is there something we don’t know about Moore?..could it be one of the issues about locker room problems???

  4. Jerseybuc Says:

    Younger, cheaper, faster, and more versatile than Mike Jenkins..

  5. Minnesota bucs fan Says:

    Josh could be a return guy to he’s pretty fast and as of right now we don’t have a return specialist

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    LUV this kid back in college. Hopefully Coach Massey can help Robinson clean up his technique – and Instill some confidence back in the young man. Also getting back to his surroundings/roots should help too.

  7. Waterboy Says:

    I’m not at all excited about signing him over Sterling Moore unless they brought him in to play special teams. I’m not sure what happened behind the scenes with Moore but Licht seems set on not bringing him back. Not sure what’s going on there but I thought he proved himself last year and was the best CB on the team.

  8. Tbaybuc Says:

    Totally agree with water boy! Might thought was $?

  9. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Anyone notice how all but one signed veteran has injury concerns? Even Martin and Conte?

  10. D-Rome Says:

    Joe can’t say the 5-10 Robinson is an upgrade from Sterling Moore, but certainly this is a quality depth acquisition, assuming Robinson can stay out of the trainers’ room.

    I think this is a great signing in the sense that there is low risk/high reward potential here.

  11. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Josh Robinson isn’t any good and he is small. That said, he certainly can’t be worse than Jenkins. He’ll have to have a good year this year to continue his NFL career. The max a CB should get is 5 years to prove himself.

  12. phreakybucfan Says:

    Depth depth depth. All for it. As for mike jenkins… I’d rather have Pablo. Just sayin’

  13. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Moore must be asking for a lot of money. Shocked he hasn’t been signed by anybody, let alone the bucs.

  14. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    D-Rome Says
    “I think this is a great signing in the sense that there is low risk/high reward potential here.”

    How do you define that?

    Do you consider it low risk because he comes cheap and has shown nothing so far?

    And high reward because he MIGHT turn a corner?

    I don’t see this as low risk/high reward at all.

    What I see is Jason Licht signing a roster filler until the draft. There will be no reward at all with this guy.

  15. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Lord, I cannot wait for the draft. I need something…ANYTHING…to feel good about with this team.

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We’ll have to see the contract details…..there may be no guarantees……he could be on ST & simply a depth addition. I am quite sure we didn’t pay him much.
    We should move on from Moore….it doesn’t seem we have interest & we may never really know why.
    This guy does have great speed and some versatility.

  17. salish_seamonster Says:

    People on JBF seem to think Sterling Moore is an All-Pro or something. Hmmm, let’s see, Dallas let him go last year. The Bucs haven’t re-signed him so far, and neither has any other team. So, people are drawing the conclusion that the Bucs don’t know what they’re doing??? Huh??? Maybe he’s not a very good player, or maybe he’s a turd, or maybe he wants money he doesn’t deserve and his agent is giving him bad advice. My guess is that he’s just not that highly regarded around the league, otherwise he’d be signed by now. I think Jason Licht knows what he’s doing.

  18. Maze Says:

    Yep heard Moore might have been a bad locker room fit

  19. salish_seamonster Says:

    BuccaneerBonzai Says:
    March 14th, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Lord, I cannot wait for the draft. I need something…ANYTHING…to feel good about with this team.

    The first step might be to stop crapping on everything they do and consider the upside occasionally. There’s lots of reason for optimism if you open your eyes.

  20. D-Rome Says:


    OK, “great signing” is a bit much on my part. I like this signing for the reasons you stated. He’s a guy that you can give an opportunity to compete for a spot. He could pan out to add good depth in the secondary. If he doesn’t make the roster in August it’s not huge loss.

  21. JonBuc Says:

    Not since Buccaneer BrownEye declared the Bucs would win out/their last 4 games have we seen such drama…

  22. mark2001 Says:

    Bonzai…I was against firing Gruden…shb Allen and replaced him with a real GM….thought Raheem was over his head, Shiano a longshot, and Lovie, a bad joke…so I can’t say I’m an eternal optimist, nor have I agreed with every move of the boys.

    That being said, I like the Licht/Koetter/Smith staffing, and a number of the position coaches and such. We had a great draft last year…these new signings are filling holes and giving us flexibility in the draft. All and all, I think we are finally moving in the right direction….You certainly appear to have an ax to grind…and frankly, if you ever saw Chicago play during Lovies tenure, and I did often, but for one season and a number of potential HOF players, you would have known what to expect with Lovie…next to nothing. So if you can be that wrong about him, you have little to no credibility….sorry, but the truth hurts.

  23. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Well what player or players would make you happy if drafted by the Buccs in next months draft Bonzai??? Little curois..

  24. martinii Says:

    Why all the argument. We’ve picked up a few good free agents, re-signed a couple of players, lost a few. We have new coaches, probably some new schemes, and had a boat load of cap space to play with. It feels good for a few months. Throw in a little hope and anticipation and let us enjoy not losing. This kid is just a cheap prospect that adds a little competition and evidently speed to an anemic secondary.Fart, be happy, its March.

  25. Cobraboy Says:

    How many players weren’t “meh” under Leslie Frazier at both the Vikes & the Bucs? A pretty short list. Even the Buc superstars on D—David & McCoy—gave the impression of “meh” considering some of their stellar past performances.

    Coaching makes a ton of difference.

    Instead of lamenting the talent signings, we ought to be “hoping” that Mike Smith & staff are the real difference-makers to mold the new guys & whole D into a top unit…

    We saw first hand what a difference Koetter made on the O with Winston, Marpet and Smith being great evidence…

  26. Buccanalia Says:

    It seems as though we are starting to see what type of corners Mike Smith has asked Jason Licht to find: super quick, athletic types. If that is the case, Jonthan Banks might not quite fit in. Verner doesn’t have much suddenness to his game either.

    One would think we still need some size and length at the position, given the size of the receivers we have to face twice a year. Maybe Jason targets James Bradberry from Samford in the later rounds of the draft. He is big and an excellent athlete, though he is still raw.

  27. tmaxcon Says:


    if you stop looking at all the moves with your Rose Colored Lovie Lenses you would see what his plan in bring in vets to help groom their replacements that will be drafted over the next 2 to 3 years which is a much more solid plan than Lovie bringing in system specific has beens that never were losers.

    To the Sterling Moore fan club

    for one last time research that bum. Having a couple of average or consistent games on the worst pass defense in history (70% completion percentage) does not make one good or even average.

    Banks has nearly DOUBLE the career interceptions that Moore has in less time… There is a reason Moore is still on the coach and not receiving any buzz nationally… he stinks.

  28. MadMax Says:

    Well, he’s been injured. So at least if healthy, he’ll have some fresh legs under him. We need to fix the backfield and Im all for replacing some of the craptacular that was on display the last 2 years. I’ll give the guy a chance.

  29. salish_seamonster Says:

    Buccanalia Says:
    March 14th, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    It seems as though we are starting to see what type of corners Mike Smith has asked Jason Licht to find: super quick, athletic types.

    Well, every team wants super quick and athletic corners if they can get ’em, but I wouldn’t draw any conclusions on what they’re looking for in terms of size. My guess is that every team likes CBs who are 6’1″ and can run. It’s just harder to find those guys.

  30. Posey99 Says:

    Seeing that picture of Mike Williams made me google him. Looks like he’s a free agent?

  31. Buccanalia Says:


    The way I see it, some schemes favor awareness and instincts over athleticism. Lovie, for example, did not prioritize the athletic ability of his corners. Verner being a case in point. He has average athleticism for a corner. Same with Moore, Jenkins, and Jennings. With Grimes and Robinson, we have gotten faster and quicker at the position. More so than we have been in years. To me, that suggests we may play more man coverage, which means we may also see more linebacker blitzes. Should be fun to watch.

  32. biff barker Says:

    “To me, that suggests we may play more man coverage, which means we may also see more linebacker blitzes. Should be fun to watch.”

    This ^^^^

  33. LargoBuc Says:


  34. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says
    “Well what player or players would make you happy if drafted by the Buccs in next months draft Bonzai??? Little curois..”

    I haven’t decided yet.

    tmaxcon Says
    “If you stop looking at all the moves with your Rose Colored Lovie Lenses.”

    Actually, I hardly think about Lovie anymore. I do believe he was less in charge than everyone else believes, and that will come out eventually. But my dislike of these moves has more to do with the free agency pattern continuing from the last couple years.

    It’s become obvious that Jason Licht screwed up those FA signings the last two years. HE has even confessed it. If that is the case, then how exactly did Lovie have all the power?

    It doesn’t jive. But everyone here has “Licht” colored glasses on.

    But that aside, it really has nothing to do with Lovie. It has to do with repeated mistakes, and that is what I’m seeing. Same mistakes. Different players.

    I don’t even care that Licht did not sign any big names (except the RT…that was my main want). I mainly wanted you guys that showed upside. Guys that could stay with the team. Guys that could fix the team over the long term.

    Normally, young guys like that are not available in free agency. Or are at least uncommon. This year, there were a good number of them and Jason Licht did not get one. Not. One.

    Instead, he’s plugging holes with bubble gum again.

  35. salish_seamonster Says:

    Choose your misery.

  36. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Consider if things would have played out this way:

    Jason Licht managed to outbid for RT Mitchell Schwartz. Sure it cost a bunch, but he is young and will last a long time. It would be the most important signing of the off season.

    He signed two young WRs for depth…guys that showed the ability to catch and the potential to grow…Jermaine Kearse and Marvin Jones.

    Then he signed S George Iloka and CB Casey Hayward.

    Aside from Schwartz, no one was a big name. No one else commanded a high price. All of them have the potential to make the team better for the LONG TERM.

    He did not even have to sign Sweezy. Think about it…with RT addressed, he could have drafted a LG…and had Evan Smith play the position until the guy was ready.

    At least with the above, I would have reason to hope. Even if we did not get Schwartz, the rest would have been great signings. Smart investments.

    Instead, he plugged holes. Same as last year. Same as the year before.
    After all..it worked out so well, right?

  37. salish_seamonster Says:

    Free agency blues got you down? Irrational, catastrophic thinking ruining your life? Are you annoying those around you with incessant complaining and b!tching?
    (813) 964-1964

  38. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think both Lovie & Licht are responsible for the good and the bad over the last two years…..Licht’s record is also 8-24…..but he remains which tells me something.
    The two drafts have been very good….
    Evans, ASJ (work in progress) Sims & Pamphile
    Jameis, Smith, Marpet & Kwon
    That’s 8 pretty good players….
    Our misses were in later rounds…that’s why I’d like to see us use our later round picks this year to move up. I’d rather 4 really good players than adding a bunch of projects. We already have some of those with Brate, Humphries, Howard Jones, & Hey Jude etc.

    I don’t think you can paint either Licht or Lovie with the same brush….but Licht would be the first to admit to mistakes.

  39. salish_seamonster Says:

    Licht admits mistakes because he has class and holds himself accountable. He’s not going to bash Lovie for the free agency mistakes, even though those mistakes had Lovie’s handwriting all over them.

    There’s too much emphasis on free agency as a turnaround strategy. It doesn’t work, so you can say “plugging holes” all you want. That’s what it’s OK for. Any greater expectations from free agency is delusional.

  40. Stanglassman Says:

    Maze- When you break big new like ” I heard Moore wasn’t a good lockeroom fit” You should show a source or people will just assume you’re talking out of your a$$.

  41. Dave Says:

    Definite depth. Sounds good to me.
    The only other thing out there is a safety and WR maybe. Plus LB depth

  42. Nuc if u Buc Says:

    Good to have a Knight on the roster…

  43. Mike Johnson Says:

    Our Bucs are delving deep into the bargain basement bin hoping to find a hidden gem. Makes me wonder if they will even go for secondary help in the draft until the 5th or 6th rd.

  44. godzilla13 Says:

    Good read on Josh Robinson in attached file. I heard where in 2013, Robinson allowed 39 out of 41 passes to be completed for 436 yards and two touchdowns and that he is terrible. Good read on Josh Robinson in attached file.


    He will start at CB with Brent Grimes this season.

    Stanglassman Says – I saw the same comment about Sterling Moore Maze may have referred to in an SB Nation article a few weeks ago.

  45. Kevin Says:

    There has to be an undisclosed issue with moore whether it be his attitude or something phsical or his lifestyle. They guy is good no way nobody wants him unless him and his agent are just demanding way to much money which is possible

  46. godzilla13 Says:

    BuccaneerBonzai – The players have to want to come to Tampa. I am sure not all of the players you mentioned wanted to play in Tampa. We know Mario Williams was one of them. Jermaine Kearse probably wanted to stay in Seattle. This year is not the same as last year or before. Jason Licht had his best year this year in FA signings.

  47. hamilton Says:

    the end of banks

  48. Miko Says:

    Sterling Moore for the trifecta, Licht…all set for the draft then….

  49. Bob in Valrico Says:

    It has become obvious that Jasoon Licht screwed up those FA signings the last two years.He has even confessed it.

    You have been to the confessional and are twisting the facts again. Licht admitted to picking Anthony Collins only.MCCown ,Jenkins,Jennings Wright are just some that on lovie.Anybody that keeps mike Jenkins on this team for two years and annoints him the starter even though he missed most of training camp over Banks is a huge part of the problem .lovie is a poor judge of talent .
    Josh McCown was another example.
    Another example lovie wanted to get rid of Doug martin last year .Koetter talked him out of it.Lovie made bad football decisions on and off the field and you keep trying to blame them on Licht

  50. unbelievable Says:

    Yea, it was pretty obvious which free agents were Lovie, and which were Licht.

    Neither did very well, but you gotta give Licht props for guys like Clinton McDonald and Joe Hawley, as well as Jack Smith.

  51. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    I like this move for depth purposes. And being so young and athletic. He still has the potential to get it right. We have the DB coach to do it. And I’m praying we start playing more man coverage. That’s where Verner and Banks excel. Put Grimes in the slot to cover the lil guys. And we are good. I still would be ok with drafting VH3. He is a shut down corner. Film doesn’t lie. Same issues with Joe Haden. All Joe has done is be a top CB in the league every year.


    I agree completely with your comment to bonzai. Couldn’t have said it better myself.


    The only thing that I agree with from you is the point about Schwartz. We screwed that one up big time. The top RT in football and under 26 years of age. That one hurt me. Some of your other points have some validity to them. Then you go making irrational comments that totally cause people to disregard anything you’ve said previously.

    Be happy we have a good young team. A great coaching staff. And a GM that’s not afraid to make moves. And he happens to kill it in the draft. Lets hope that trend continues. But, its so clear, almost to the point of nausea. Licht is building through the draft and filling the other holes with short term fits. Until the young guys are ready. That’s what good teams do. Licht is a Patriot Way kind of guy. He knows what he’s doing.

    And wanting a player and that player wanting to come here are two totally different things. I really wanted multiple guys that we didn’t get. That’s life. And, Marvin Jones got paid #1 money by Detroit. And Kearse got his too. Neither got small deals like you were saying. Just thought I would throw that tid-bit in.

  52. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    wow I didn’t mean to write an essay. lol

  53. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    That’s what Bonzai will do to you. I knew there was a reason I stopped reading other peoples comments.

  54. Bill Says:

    I think the kick returner aspect of this signing might be bigger than we’re giving it credit. We released Rainey, who wasn’t great to begin with, but he was ok. At the moment do we have any idea who’s going to catch kicks right now?

    I won’t pretend to know anything about Robinson, but if he’s a potential return man, that’s something we really do need.

  55. Stanglassman Says:

    Kenny Bell will be competing for punt/kick return duties in camp I would imagine.

  56. bucs4life86 Says:


    You are the most negative person on this site, I swear anything the bucs do you think is a horrible move, they will never be able to satisfy you because your not a TRUE bucs fan, and u think u know a lot about football but you are just showing your ignorance. Licht has done a great job so far.

  57. bucs4life86 Says:

    Well it looks like all the VH3 fans can forget about him coming to TB. This pretty much seals the fate for that possibility. Interesting signing tho, I think Grimes and Banks will play outside while Verner resumed his nickel role. This is prob a insurance policy if Verner doesn’t play well and gets released. U can never have enough quality corners in this league tho. And more than likely some one will get injured or benched so i like this signing. Looks like we are filling the roster out now. Adding depth to a team that doesn’t have a lot of it.

  58. Owlykat Says:

    I like all Licht’s moves this far and if Licht has another great haul this draft we will be competitive and fun to watch this season. If you know me I will let you know if I believe any of our moves are poor.