Giants To Re-Sign Keenan Robinson

Keenan Robinson paid visits to the Bengals and Bills this month, but his most recent NFL employer looks to have made a suitable offer. The Giants reached an agreement to re-sign the linebacker, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reports (on Twitter).

Robinson spent one season with Big Blue, 2016, after playing three with the Redskins. He will continue to serve as a key component on the Giants’ second level, which has by far the least capital allocated to it on a team stacked with high-end defensive end and cornerback contracts. The Giants categorized Robinson as a lower-tier priority this offseason but engaged in talks with the UFA before free agency’s outset. After tending to bigger business, Big Blue agreed to retain the former fourth-round pick.

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The Bengals signed Kevin Minter soon after Robinson’s Cincinnati summit, and the Bills used a second-round pick on Reggie Ragland last year. The Giants aren’t especially keen on paying linebackers big deals. That trend should continue, with Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul having $17MM-AAV contracts. Robinson’s deal will likely be a midlevel accord.

A former multiyear Redskins starter, the 27-year-old Robinson made 79 tackles and deflected a career-high seven passes. Pro Football Focus, though, assigned Robinson a grade that placed him among the 10 worst full-time ‘backers last season. Playing on 71 percent of the Giants’ defensive snaps, Robinson started six games and played in every contest for a defense that made immense strides after a putrid 2015 performance.

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3 comments on “Giants To Re-Sign Keenan Robinson

  1. Giants51

    Very smart move….. linebacker is a area we must improve….. it only makes our defense better….

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  2. Perksy

    I was hoping they would upgrade. Robinson is one of the worst graded Lbs in the league. They should look at Zach Brown who is still out there. Giants have been neglecting the LB position for way too many years. They are a big part of the defense, but not to Jerry Reese.

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  3. dfrey2

    i enjoy PFF grades, but theres no way he’s bottom 10. his ability to cover and run in space made him incredibly valuable to this defense

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