I was gonna post it in one of the many (MANY) Seattle-WR threads, but this news is just too big to hide.
Seahawks turn to Robinson
Receiver expected to sign
RENTON -- The Seahawks' on-going search for a wide receiver has finally led them to a familiar face: Koren Robinson.
The team's former first-round draft choice was at the team's facility Monday night and was expected to sign a contract Tuesday after he passes his physical. The ninth selection overall in the 2001 draft, Robinson was released after the 2004 season when alcohol problems were threatening his promising career.
But the Seahawks are desperate for a receiver who knows their system because Nate Burleson, Ben Obomanu and Logan Payne have been lost for the season to injuries and Bobby Engram and Deion Branch are not ready to return from their injuries.
As coach Mike Holmgren put it earlier Monday, "Desperate times call for desperate measures."
Robinson, 28, caught 78 passes for 1,240 yards and five touchdowns while starting at split end in 2002, the most productive of his four seasons with the team. "I don't know about the football side of it all," quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said earlier in the day when asked about Robinson. "I haven't seen him play in a long time. But I guess what I care about more is that he grew up and really matured and got his life turned around in the right direction."
Hasselbeck saw Robinson during the offseason, when Robinson told him he was married, had one child and another was on the way. "So I'm really happy for him," Hasselbeck said. "I'm proud of him."
Robinson was suspended for four games in 2004 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He also was arrested for DUI in May 2005, which led to his release by the Seahawks. He played the 2005 season with the Minnesota Vikings, and was voted to the Pro Bowl as a kick returner. But the Vikings released him after he was arrested on a DUI charge in 2006 and agreed to plead to fleeing police. Robinson also spent 90 days in jail in 2007, stemming from that 2006 incident.
The Green Bay Packers signed Robinson in 2006, but he served a one-year suspension before returning to the Packers for the final nine games last season, when he caught 21 passes and averaged 23.8 yards returning kickoffs. The Packers released him in May.
The Seahawks talked about signing Robinson last week, but it appeared that Holmgren lost that debate to club president Tim Ruskell, who had made the decision to release Robinson in 2005. The Seahawks did not contact Robinson last week, when they instead signed Billy McMullen and Samie Parker -- although Parker was released Saturday.
Asked about Robinson on Monday, Holmgren said, "I'll say the same thing -- he is on that list. The value there is he's played. He knows this system. He's played with us before."
And apparently will play with them again.
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