IRVING, Texas – Laurent Robinson only got one year into his five-year, $32.5 million deal he signed last season, which guaranteed him $14 million.
It was a bold, hopeful move when the Jaguars gave him the charitable deal after his best professional season, finding the end zone on 11 of his 54 catches with the Cowboys in 2011. He only had four touchdowns in his previous four seasons, and his 858 yards in Dallas nearly doubled his receiving total from every previous year.
Robinson finished with just 24 catches, 252 yards, no touchdowns and a fumble for the Jaguars in 2012, but he only played in seven games after a whopping four concussions last season. He passed a physical for the Jaguars before his release, but even if he can pass a physical for his next team as well, his NFL future remains hazy.
Still, an offer to rejoin the Cowboys wouldn’t seem farfetched. He had chemistry with Tony Romo that he hadn’t found in any other quarterback since getting drafted by Atlanta in the third round in 2007.
He knows he won’t cash in the same way he did last season, when the Cowboys wouldn’t match the tremendous deal from Jacksonville for a third option. But the Cowboys could use his services once again, even with Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley on the rise, particularly considering Miles Austin’s health situation last year.
Whether or not Robinson is healthy enough to play is one thing. But for a cap strapped team in free agency, he wouldn’t be a poor addition if weeks or months down the line he chooses to return to Dallas for a much heftier bargain than what the Cowboys would have paid last year.
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Following four concussions during a four-month span in 2012, Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Laurent Robinson acknowledged to NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer that his NFL future is cloudy.
Still experiencing symptoms, Robinson remains sensitive to light and cannot be around his crying infant daughter because of the “throbbing” headaches. The aftereffects have been severe enough that Robinson won’t go to the grocery store or even take out the trash during daylight hours.
Robinson concedes that it was the “wrong decision” to keep coming back last season after the first couple of concussions, but he’s still turning to hyperbaric-chamber sessions and resistance flexibility training in an effort to alleviate the symptoms and continue his football career. The Jaguars have simply told Robinson to stay home and rest his brain this offseason.
Although Robinson is tentatively allowing himself two more concussions before cutting the cord on his football career, his conscientious wife, Kat, is taking a more cautious approach.
“I’m worried every day that it’s going to affect our future,” Kat said. “I said one more concussion, you need to be done … I thought how are you going to try to compromise with me on your health, and your brain, and a concussion.”
It’s been two and a half months since Robinson last played an NFL game. It’s an ominous sign that his life is still adversely affected by the concussion symptoms.
“The players know when they sign up for this in the NFL that they’re susceptible to getting injuries,” Robinson said. “I don’t know if it’s worth it or not. I’ve been playing for six years and I want to continue to play, but I still want to live until I’m 80, 90 years old.”
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Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis is on the Chicago Bears list of head coaching candidates. Bears general manager Phil Emery has asked the Cowboys for permission to interview DeCamillis. (The Cowboys cannot deny the request since it is a head coaching position.)
DeCamillis and Emery worked together in Atlanta for three years, when Emery was the Falcons director of college scouting and DeCamillis the special teams coach there.
DeCamillis, 47, just completed his fourth season with the Cowboys. He also previously has been a special teams coach for the Broncos (1988-92), Giants (1993-96) and Jaguars (2007-08) besides his stint in Atlanta (1997-2006).
John Harbaugh was the Eagles special teams coach when the Ravens hired him as their head coach in 2008.
The Bears also reportedly will interview Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. Chicago fired Lovie Smith on Monday after Smith went 84-66 in nine seasons.
Black Monday has arrived, and it has brought a lot of change and bad news for many coaches and general managers around the NFL.
We’ll have all the big moves covered, and this post will be a one-stop shop for all the latest news.
Here’s what we right know:
Buffalo Bills: Coach Chan Gailey was let go after three seasons that went nowhere in Buffalo. The defense and quarterback play never improved. It’s unclear if general manager Buddy Nix will remain.
Chicago Bears: In the first mild surprise of the day, coach Lovie Smith was fired after three playoff appearances in nine years. General manager Phil Emery took the job last year and will hire his own man.
Cleveland Browns: The team announced Monday morning that coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert are both out. They never had much of a chance once new owner Jimmy Haslam bought the team.
Kansas City Chiefs: Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt announced the team has parted ways with coach Romeo Crennel. The team said it has not made a final decision about GM Scott Pioli’s status.
Philadelphia Eagles: Owner Jeffrey Lurie confirmed Monday morning that coach Andy Reid is out after 14 seasons in Philadelphia. The Eagles won’t waste any time starting a coaching search.
San Diego Chargers: The Chargers announced both coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith have been let go. Ron Wolf has been brought in as a consultant to help search for the next leadership group.
Up in the air
Carolina Panthers: Ron Rivera has struggled to win close games during his tenure and isn’t a natural in game management. A four-game winning streak to end the season could save his job. The Panthers will hire a new GM.
Chances of a change: Strong. The next GM will decide Rivera’s fate.
Detroit Lions: Jim Schwartz and GM Martin Mayhew pulled off one of the best rebuilding efforts of all time after taking over the 0-16 Lions. And then the bottom fell out for a talented roster this year.
Chances of a change: Growing. Multiple outlets said earlier in the week that Schwartz was safe, but Lions ownership is disturbed with the team’s culture, it could make a change. Schwartz is signed through 2015.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Mike Mularkey was hired just last year, but his boss, GM Gene Smith, was fired Monday morning. Mularkey wasn’t able to develop young quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Chances of a change: Good. Mularkey told players in a team meeting that he’s still the head coach after talking with the owner Thursday and Monday. Mularkey’s fate ultimately will be decided by the next GM. Mularkey will have to wait and see.
Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones intimated throughout the process that he hasn’t even thought about changing head coaches. NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer first reported that coach Jason Garrett was safe two weeks ago. Garrett could be asked to hire an offensive coordinator that calls plays.
New York Jets: The Jets announced that GM Mike Tannenbaum was let go Monday morning. But they also announced Rex Ryan will stay on as coach. It’s an awkward arrangement for whomever the Jets hire to run the personnel department.
Tennessee Titans: The Tennessean reported Monday that coach Mike Munchak will keep his job despite a 6-10 record. Personnel executive Mike Reinfeldt is out, though.
Laurent Robinson’s first season in Jacksonville isn’t going quite as well as he or the team hoped.
Robinson got off on the wrong foot when training camp started and has just nine catches and 134 yards in four games this season. Now he’s dealing with his third concussion since the start of camp as well. Robinson was injured in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, making it two straight games with a concussion for the wide receiver.
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports that Robinson isn’t expected to play against Chicago in Week Five, which is to be expected given the short interval between concussions. The Jaguars have a bye in Week Six, so he could wind up missing just one game although it wouldn’t be surprising if Robinson wound up missing more time.
We’re not sure how much that would actually hurt the Jaguars passing offense. The Jags are gaining just 146.1 yards per game through the air, which leaves them next to last in that statistic. Robinson’s absence clearly isn’t what the team wanted when they signed him to a five-year, $32.5 million deal, but things can’t really get too much worse in the passing game.
A Sept. 2012 team marketing report from fancostexperience.com indicates that the Dallas Cowboys have the NFL’s highest fan cost index to attend a game.
The report describes fan cost index as follows: The Fan Cost Index™ comprises the prices of four (4) average-price tickets, two (2) small draft beers, four (4) small soft drinks, four (4) regular-size hot dogs, parking for one (1) car, two (2) game programs and two (2) least-expensive, adult-size adjustable caps.
The Cowboys’ FCI is $634.78. The New York Jets’ FCI is $617.25. Only four teams – the Cowboys, Jets, Bears and Patriots – have FCIs of more than $600.
Those same four teams, plus the New York Giants, are the only franchises with an average ticket price of more than $100.
The reason the Cowboys – and not the Jets – have the highest FCI is parking. The report lists parking at Cowboys Stadium at $75. Parking for Jets’ games is listed at $25. The report lists no other NFL team with parking that costs as much as $50 (Chicago Bears, $49).
The NFL average FCI is $443.93. The Cowboys’ prices for beer, soft drinks and hot dogs are pretty much in line with the other franchises.
Here are the FCIs for the Cowboys’ NFC East rivals: Giants, $592.24; Eagles, Redskins, $461.53 and Eagles, $397.48.
Philadelphia is one of only 11 teams with FCIs that come in below $400.
The lowest FCI? That would be the Jacksonville Jaguars at $342.70.
You get what you pay for I guess.
Laurent Robinson turns his career year into $32.5 million with the Jaguars, to the surprise of no one
That didn’t take long. Two days into free agency, the Cowboys lost their leading touchdown receiver from last year, Laurent Robinson.
The sixth-year veteran signed a five-year deal worth $32.5 million with the Jacksonville Jaguars, making him a $6 million a year receiver, out of the Cowboys’ range for their third option. Except, Robinson also filled in as a superb No. 2 receiver when Miles Austin missed time. Robinson caught 11 touchdown passes, playing in 14 games after he was signed off the street in Week 2.
Now that the Cowboys determined they couldn’t afford Robinson after his career year, they’ll need to find another third option. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said at the NFL combine that the team is high on Andre Holmes, a practice squad player a year ago. Raymond Radway will also get a chance after a strong preseason last year, although it ended with him suffering a broken leg on the second-to-last play of the final preseason game.
The Cowboys debated the merits of three offensive linemen in the first round of the April draft before setting their sights on Tyron Smith.
The club faces the runner-up in that debate Sunday.
Smith, Nate Solder and Anthony Castonzo were the focus of this discussion. The Cowboys ignored trade opportunities to stay at No. 9 and take Smith. Solder was next to go at No. 17 to New England, the team’s opponent this weekend.
Jacksonville offered both of its picks in the first round to move into the Cowboys spot so they could take quarterback Blaine Gabbert. If the club had made that deal, Smith would have been long gone by the time the Cowboys were on the clock at No. 16.
That would likely have put Solder in a Cowboys uniform.
“We liked Nate Solder very much,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He was one of the three tackles that we considered strongly in the first round.
“We spent a lot of time with him. We spent some time with him at Valley Ranch, at the combine and other places.
“We were not surprised he was drafted in the first round, and we’re not surprised he’s playing this early into his first year. He’s a very talented guy, a very smart guy, he’s a very good competitor and I think he clearly is fitting in well out there.”
All three have fit in. Solder has started four games for the Patriots. Castonzo has started four games for Indianapolis and Smith has done the same for the Cowboys.
Smith has done more than fit in. He has flashed the dominance the Cowboys believe will make him the anchor of their offensive line. The rookie has been the team’s best and most consistent offensive lineman through four games.
“I’m adapting pretty well, but there is always something to work on,” Smith said. “It will always be like that.”
The Boys Are Back bonus: Listen to the call that Coach Jason Garrett made to Tyron Smith on draft day.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– Quarterback Blaine Gabbert gets to keep his long blonde hair. Guard Will Rackley doesn’t have to worry about losing his eyebrows. In fact, all of Jacksonville’s rookies are safe from training camp hazing. Coach Jack Del Rio ended the practice this season, saying players need to have more respect for each other.
“I don’t see why people make such a big deal about it. I would let them shave my head before my eyebrows. Nobody is touching my eyebrows.
”— Blaine Gabbert on his hair
That was welcome news for Gabbert, the 10th pick in April’s NFL draft. The former Missouri standout had mentally prepared himself to get buzzed during camp. But now his golden locks are safe.
“There’s other ways to have fun with the rookies,” Gabbert said Monday.
Just a few, though, in Jacksonville.
Del Rio made it clear that hazing should be limited to the “Rookie Show,” an annual talent competition put on by newcomers. Del Rio also will allow dance competitions in the locker room and continue to have rookies carry veterans’ helmets and shoulder pads off the field following practices.
“The whole thing really had gotten carried away in recent years,” Del Rio said. “We wanted to rein it in a little bit while still letting the guys have some fun.”
Hazing stories in Jacksonville include players being taped to goal posts and covered in baby powder, cars being sealed in plastic wrap and clothes being tossed in a cold tub. Haircuts, though, have taken center stage in recent years. Mohawks, mullets and bowl cuts would be considered tame by comparison.
Some had patterns and designs. Others had names and numbers. None would be considered stylish and a few deemed not suitable for all audiences.
Offensive lineman Kevin Haslam’s haircut may have been the worst last fall, so inappropriate that the only way to describe it would be to call it an indecent figure shaved across his head.
“One thing coach said was while hazing was humorous for most of us vets, it’s not necessary,” guard Uche Nwaneri said. “We respect that. We’re going to honor his wishes. It doesn’t mean we can’t make them do stuff for us. They’re still rookies. But we’ll follow how Jack wants it to go.
Gabbert, and his fans, may have benefited most from the new rules.
“He got lucky. He got off the hook,” receiver Mike Thomas said. Thomas endured a horrendous hairdo in 2009, and said his first reaction to Del Rio’s new credo was “I thought about why I had to get here when I did.” Thomas said, “I respect it. At the same time, guys can sometimes get out of hand with the hazing. … I definitely respect it. When orders come down from the top, you’ve got to obey them.”
Gabbert surely won’t object, either, even though he doesn’t really understand fans’ obsession with his hair.
“I don’t see why people make such a big deal about it,” he said. “I would let them shave my head before my eyebrows. Nobody is touching my eyebrows.”
Rackley, a third-round pick from Lehigh, heard all sorts of horror stories over the summer. He planned to ask teammates to shave his eyebrows instead of his dreadlocks. Now he gets to keep both.
Del Rio said guys never shaved teammates’ hair or eyebrows during his 11 years in the league, adding that the only hazing came in the form of veterans having rookies sing and dance.
Receiver Kassim Osgood dealt with much more as a rookie in 2003. He understands why Del Rio made the change, especially since the lockout left teams with less time to form bonds and develop chemistry.
“You’re still going to get hazed, but in a different kind of way. This season, with no offseason, we don’t have the time to do anything other than get ready for the season.”