Michael Robinson #26 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled during an NFL game by Ron Brooks #33 of the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre on December 16, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks have to cut their roster down to 53 players by 3 p.m. on Saturday and the first of those moves to come out appears to be a surprising one.
FB Michael Robinson tweeted Friday evening that he is being let go by the team.
Been real #12thMan will always have love for ya— Michael Robinson (@RealMikeRob) August 31, 2013
The move has since been confirmed by the league's website.
In our projected 53-man roster, I had theorized that this move would be coming. Robinson has been banged up at times during training camp with a sore foot and has been dealing with a viral infection the last two weeks that head coach Pete Carroll said Friday could keep him out a couple more weeks.
With the amount of injuries along the defensive line, it appeared unlikely the team would keep two fullbacks on the roster. If Robinson wasn't going to be able to play Week 1, it significantly lowered his odds of making the team.
In addition, Robinson was scheduled to make $2.5 million this season and his salary would have become fully guaranteed if he was on the roster for Week 1. With his release none of that money counts against the team's salary cap.
With all of those factors coming together, it appeared Robinson's spot on the roster was in jeopardy. However, it may not necessary close the door on Robinson playing for the team this season. They could elect to sign him after the start of the year - if he's still a free agent - to a lesser contract that isn't guaranteed for the full season.
With the fullback being a dying breed in the NFL, Robinson may find interest in his services difficult to find, which could allow Seattle to bring him back in a couple weeks when he's fully healthy.
In addition, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that TE Darren Fells is also among players Seattle will release. He could become a practice squad candidate if he clears waivers.