Josh Robinson Returns

March 11th, 2017

Returns for big $$

Key signing here.

With the loss of uber-special teams player and wannabe starting wide receiver Russell Shepard, it was critical the Bucs keep their other critical special teams ace and free agent cornerback Josh Robinson.

And the Bucs did just that. Bucs AC/DC-general manager Jason Licht got Robinson to ink a new pact with the team for two years, $6.5M, including $3.5 guaranteed per BSPN’s Adam Schefter.

That’s good cash for Robinson, who very rarely saw the field with the defense. Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves almost never came off the field, and Robinson, who had played nickel cornerback in Minnesota at times, couldn’t beat out Hey Jude Adjei-Barimah, Alterraun Verner and rookie Javien Elliot.

Again, Joe believes this was a very important signing for cornerback depth if nothing else.

Robinson signed last March after four years with the Vikings.

Joe had speculated Robinson might be looking elsewhere — where he might get a shot to play defense again.

43 Responses to “Josh Robinson Returns”

  1. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Nice work sir. This softens the loss of shep considerably. And 3.5 a year is not that bad for a playmaker like Robinson.

  2. Bird Says:

    Yah. They paid up for sure. All good. Keep em coming. Nick foles next

  3. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Joe, the “Licht Drops Big Bucks On Josh Robinson” article is not working.

  4. Tampabayucfan Says:

    Pretty good money for Robinson……guess he’s needed with the departures of Banks & Verner…..makes me wonder about the development of Ryan Smith (not becoming safety)

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Nevermind, the article is gone now.

    Has there been any news at all on Bradley McDougald?

    People around here seem to think he’s not coming back, but I’ve been unable to find any news of another team signing or even making an offer to him.

  6. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Bonzai, i think Licht and McDougald are playing poker. I think Licht is a better poker player for what it’s worth.

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

    I love it this guy and Ryan Smith were blurrs running down the sidelines on ST last season. Keep gettin it Mr. Licht. In case y’all haven’t noticed all of sudden the Bay is a very attractive place to play football.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucs starting D & depth is looking better & better. If we can pick up a safety and a DT/DE in the draft as a minimum our defense this yr should be pretty solid. Come to think of it, adding a LB in the draft wouldn’t be that bad either.

  9. Kevinthepainterimagine Says:

    Jason licht is doing a great job with this team. Has he made mistakes? Yes. Does every GM make mistakes? Yes. Thank you Jason for helping rebuild this team! Although I wanted Stills I wont bitch and moan about water under the bridge. Thank you sir!

  10. JonBuc Says:

    Licht…in what is essentially a contract year for him…is making some nice looking moves thus far. Stakes and expectations have been raised…playoffs or bust in a very difficult NFC South.

  11. JAB83 Says:

    Re sign VJax… If healthy the man is still a stud and will continue to make solid contributions. And with the idea of a Super Bowl as incentive he will be that much better down the stretch!!!!

  12. JAB83 Says:

    RESIGN VJAX NOW PLEASE…. #weaponsforjamise

  13. Maze Says:

    Hell no and rumor has it Robinson may play safety if he plays on defense at all this season

  14. Clw JB Says:

    Wouldn’t mind having VJax back in the competition for 4th W/O and insurance against injury – and to mentor the rookie(s) we are about to draft – need a legit developmental starter candidate and a special teams/wr

    Like all the signings thus far, djax and beefing that interior dline were HUGE upgrades in talent – Macdonald is a 3rd dt not a starter – and Akeem Spence is average at best –

    If we are this close to playoff run -‘need a legit safety still to be 2 deep at each and we have no SAM LB with any experience at all right now

    It is such a rarity to look at the draft for depth and development rather than day 1’starters- so happy to be a Bucs fan again!!!

  15. rayjay1122 Says:

    I like V Jax as much as anyone, but I am not sure he has anything left. What would he be? WR 3 or WR 4? Plus he would have to take a lot less of a salary.

  16. JAB83 Says:

    VJax has been a special talent from day one. ASB would solidify his HOF creds… Take my word for it if npthing else… He has plenty left in the tank for what we would ask of him… In addition. He playing for money at this point. 4-6mil will keep. Him plenty motivated this year.

  17. JAB83 Says:

    *A Super Bowl

  18. JAB83 Says:

    Sorry, * NOT Playing for money

  19. JAB83 Says:

    Think… First and Ike… Or Joe Jerivisious… Perhaps even a 2 WR and 2 TE sets…

    He would be a sure handed beast on 3rd downs with our current group… SO MANY OPTIONS WITH A HEALTHY VJAX… Regardless of age… If the man wants to play… HE HAS EARNED THE RIGHT TO GO OUT ON HIS TERMS…. PERIOD…



  20. Billy Buc N Brazil Says:

    Josh R at safety!? Interesting, source please?

  21. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Special teams ace. Replaces the special teams leadership role that shep left behind. He is also a decent CB. Good depth at that position.

  22. USFBUC Says:

    They just need to add Kayvon Webster, draft a safety, and draft another CB maybe Kazee out of SDSU and I feel like the secondary will be in decent shape.

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    Wow… that’s a lot for a special teams guy, but that’s the NFL since the cap has been getting raised. Good for him getting some cash – but I’d rather have kept Shepard around since I think he still has a chance to be a useful contributor at WR, but the team needs corners as well, and we’ll see what they do at corner with the rest of FA and the draft.

  24. SOEbuc Says:

    He got some good money. He’s really good on special teams and we keep a vet CB for depth.

  25. Billy Buc N Brazil Says:

    What would it take to pry T Gabriel from the falcons? 2nd rounder and 2 yr. 9 million dollar deal!! Dude is Tyreke Hill fast without the baggage.

  26. unbelievable Says:

    Love this. How many balls to him and Robinson pin down inside the 10 last season?

  27. unbelievable Says:


    *How many balls did him and Ryan Smith pin down inside the 10 last year?

  28. Not there yet Says:

    wannabe starting wide receiver Russell Shepard? Nice Joe’s taking a shot at the guy for wanting a bigger role on a team. If he is the fiery leader everyone says he is why would he be OK playing where a team viewed special teams as his ceiling?

  29. Pickgrin Says:

    Glad we got Robinson back with the loss of Shepard. $3M+ per year seems like a lot for a guy who pretty much exclusively plays ST though….

  30. Buc1987 Says:

    Pick …maybe they feel he’s about to ball out even more. So pay him. It could be that simple. Mutual understanding type of thing? Reaching? Maybe.

    That is a lot to pay for a ST eamer. Whatever, we’ll see if he raises his game.

  31. Pit Says:

    So paying GMC is not an issue because is not our money but paying this guy that made so many plays for us in ST is a lot?

    Don’t get it

  32. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Terrible CB but a beast on special teams. Smart move, we couldn’t afford to lose him and Shep

  33. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    I definitely see us drafting at least 1 safety and 1 corner. I still hope we sign another DT cough Poe cough. And then draft the 2 DBs, a DE, a RB, and a WR.

    I would also like us to make a run at Jared Cook or take Leggett in the 3rd if Cook doesn’t pan out.

    I would still sign Poe, Foles, Cook, and Mangold as a bridge for this season at center. A RB I would like us to bring in for at least a meeting is Andre Ellington from Arizona. No RB is going to get much playing time behind DJ. I think he still has plenty to offer. Especially as a 3rd down back. You can never have too many solid RBs on your roster.

  34. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Signing every big name left out there is EXACTLY how Licht is NOT going to run this team. That is how other teams are in cap HE11 and we can afford to sign our own guys back

  35. DB55 Says:

    So we signed Josh Robinson to the same money Shep got in Carolina. This move remains a mystery to me. Shep couldn’t compete with hump for #3? Hump is that good that he can’t have competition? Confused!

  36. Pit Says:

    We resigned siliga

  37. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Hump is a better wr than shep and he knows it. Plus he sees the writing on the wall that we are gonna draft a wr early. He doesn’t have to worry as much in Carolina. They prolly told him that he was their day 1 wr3 and that’s what he wants.

  38. Rod Munch Says:

    Pit – You don’t know the difference between a starting DT, one of the best defensive football players in the world, and a special teams player. Wow, what a dolt. Do me a favor and stick to giving your opinion on glory holes, at least then when you speak you’ll know what you’re talking about.

  39. KingBuc17 Says:

    Yes thank god we keep some continuity on the ST. He and Ryan Smith can now do their Gunner thing and wreck havoc on PR’s…. hopefully Shep twice a year….HA HA that will be fun to watch. Why did Ginn have to go to the Saints of all F…ing teams… I will miss Shep but I am happy for him. This is a business and sometimes family don’t want to stay in the family business. They want to take more on and he got a big paycheck for a ST captain from CAR.

    Josh Robinson to safety??? What is the source? Ryan Smith couldn’t make the transition and I sure doubt Robinson can…

    I like the draft and the way we are looking. DC might make it to 19, but if DC, Davis, Williams, OJ and Njoku are gone I say we trade back and get Obi SS (freak) or Baker(Spark Plug) in late first and pick up a couple more picks in this deep draft… our 2nd Rd second take the beast baller in Foreman and utilize Doug/Jaquizz as change of pace with Simms 3rd down, where he performs well.
    In the 3rd WR Henderson or Kupp and in 4a get TE Hodge or Butt and 4b either CB King or C Orlosky.

    That add key starters in the first two picks and subs/starters in the top 5 rounds.

  40. Rod Munch Says:

    Mike Evans – Shepard looked really good when he got the chance to play, which wasn’t all that often since the team really wanted him as a special teams guy. But watch the tape in San Francisco – yeah they’re an awful team but Shepard looked tremendous there, he really looked like a smaller VJ, which was shocking since I never saw him play like that before. Later in the year when he got a chance to play some more he also looked really good. One of the reasons I’d love if the Bucs gave VJ a low salary and brought him back would be for him to work with the other guys on the team so we’re not making Evans the teacher and we’re not putting too much D Jackson since he’ll be new here. Perhaps D Jackson has matured and can teach guys, but I’ve never heard that was his rep. For Evans, he’s still a young and immature guy (not a knock, he’s just really young still) and I’d rather have him concentrating on working with Jameis and still having vets around he can learn from and look up to – and I think VJ and him have that relationship. But for Shepard, I really wonder if he did sit and learn for all those years and might be ready to step-up if given the chance. Not saying it will happen, but I won’t be shocked if he’s a guy that can earn Cam’s trust and puts up a nice 600-700 yard season if given the chance to play. For Humphries, the guy just can’t get open versus 1-on-1 coverage, certainly not when he’s facing the other teams #2 corner. Perhaps if we draft a guy we can get Humphries facing 4th corners, then he can be a dangerous weapon – or we just mainly have him running bubble screens. Humphries has fantastic agility and good hands, I’d love to see him do more, but I just haven’t seen it myself.

  41. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Well I see several comments about a SB this year! I like the way you guys think.

    Let’s start booking those seats to Minneapolis.

    In fairness 87 is currently 1 for 1 in all out unequivocal predictions. He said we should get #3 and we did and 87 was RIGHT!

    2 years ago he also said we’re SB material this year! I say let’s hope we can give him 2 for 2 in predictions.

  42. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I’d like to see VJax back on the 10 year veteran minimum 1 million per year salary. It’s very rare for a FA who signs a 50 million+ deal to actually see all that cash. I think he knows that too. He’s very lucky. We did him a solid, now it’s time to reciprocate, as long as he’s completely healthy. Keep the character guys in-house.

  43. Xandtar Says:

    Can this guy return punts and kickoffs?

    He’s pretty fast, great on kickoff coverage, and is pretty much emergency depth at corner anyway… so I ask can he play both sides of ST?