The Seahawks made just one move Friday in beginning to pare down their roster from 75 to the limit of 53. But it was a surprising one, releasing popular fullback Michael Robinson.
The team did not announce the move, but it was included in the NFL.com lists of cuts, and Robinson tweeted a goodbye to Seattle fans, saying: “Been real 12th Man will always have love for ya.’’
Several teammates also tweeted about the news, including quarterback Russell Wilson, who wrote: “I’m going to miss you RealMikeRob. You’re the best in the business. Love you VA.”
Robinson, signed as a free agent in 2010, was due to make $2.5 million this year, making him among the highest-paid fullbacks in the NFL. Robinson, 30, was expendable with the team having younger, promising players who can fill that spot in Derrick Coleman and sixth-round pick Spencer Ware.
Cutting him will save the team $1 million in cap space.
The team still has 21 more cuts to make by 3 p.m. today.
RG3 cleared; drama goes on
Robert Griffin III is cleared to play. The saga between quarterback and coach goes on.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is making Griffin – and everyone else – wait until Monday before announcing who will start in the Week 1 opener.
Griffin was cleared by Dr. James Andrews, who performed Griffin’s knee surgery in January. Griffin tweeted the news and said he was “Cleared for Takeoff.”
But Shanahan said Andrews also had “concerns” that need to be addressed. However, Andrews told the Washington Post that he has “no concerns.”
Falcons part with Banks
Atlanta has waived Brian Banks, the linebacker who was attempting to make a late start to his career after spending five years in prison on a conviction that was later overturned.
The 28-year-old Banks spent five years in prison and five years on probation following his conviction of rape and kidnapping charges a decade ago. The woman who made the charge when Banks was 16 later recanted her accusation.
Banks could still be re-signed to the team’s practice squad.
Around the league
Rookie Menelik Watson will likely start at left tackle when Oakland opens its season next week in Indianapolis despite making his debut at the position in the exhibition finale. … Cincinnati defensive end DeQuin Evans has been suspended for the season’s first eight games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances for a second time. Evans, 26, who served a four-game suspension in 2011, hasn’t played in the regular season for Cincinnati. He is eligible to return to the Bengals on Oct. 28, and will not be paid during his leave.
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