Giants To Host DL A’Shawn Robinson

Much of the Giants’ moves have come on the offensive side of the ball so far in free agency, but a notable defensive addition could be in the cards. Defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson will visit New York on Monday, as noted (on Twitter) by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The 27-year-old entered the offseason as part of a deep defensive line free agent class, and had not previously been linked to a potential new home. He is coming off a three-year, $18MM deal given to him by the Rams the first time he hit the open market. Los Angeles has been reported to want a new deal with Robinson, something which they could come to prioritize even more now that fellow free agent Greg Gaines has agreed to terms on a deal with the Buccaneers.

Robinson’s playing time has fluctuated over the course of his career, both with the Lions and the Rams. He started 24 games across the past two seasons, though, as well as all four games during the Rams’ 2021 Super Bowl run. His PFF ratings have seen a wide range, although one constant has been his relative strength as a run defender rather than a pass-rushing presence. His most productive season came in 2021, when he totaled 67 tackles and a pair of sacks.

Retaining the former second-rounder would give the Rams a consistent running mate for Aaron Donald, but the latter is on a very short list of veterans the team is insistent on keeping amidst their financially-driven transition period. That would make it little surprise if Robinson were able to find an offer from an outside team that the Rams were unwilling to match.

The Giants already have 2019 first-rounder Dexter Lawrence in the middle of their defense. The former first-rounder had a highly productive breakout season in 2022, making a long-term extension a priority for the team. Leonard Williams is also on the books for next season at a scheduled cap hit of over $32MM, so a move aimed at lowering that figure could be coming soon. If they can find a way to make a Robinson addition work financially, New York’s defensive front would be well-positioned to repeat their success from last season.

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