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Just when you thought the Buccaneers might have turned the page on free agency and turned their full attention to the NFL Draft, they add another cornerback to the mix on Monday.

Tampa Bay has agreed to deal with former Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson, the team announced Monday.

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Robinson played in college at UCF and was selected in the third-round by Minnesota in 2012. In four years, Robinson has recorded 141 tackles, five interceptions and 15 deflections. The 25-year old missed the majority of last season, as he dealt with a pectoral injury that sidelined him through the first nine weeks, playing in just five games with zero starts.

Robinson is the second cornerback the Bucs have signed in free agency, along with four-time Pro Bowler Brent Grimes who inked a deal last Friday. The former Dolphin is expected to start at one corner position and Robinson, Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks most likely will compete to start opposite of Grimes. The Bucs may also look to draft a cornerback – possibly as high as the first round – but with the addition of Grimes and now Robinson, it gives the team more flexibility with the overall No. 9 selection in next month’s draft.

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Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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muvlodge
muvlodge
5 years ago

I like the signing.

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

If you can play, you can play. But the Bucs got a lot of vertically challenged CBs (5). Banks is the only one over 6 feet. Like Robinson, Verner, and Grimes, most are 5’10”. What happened to the need for length to cover the tall WRs and TEs in today’s NFL? Just an observation!

georgehicks
georgehicks
Reply to  macabee
5 years ago

Well macabee- I know its a challenge but look at the overall signing Tampa Bay has made a great Impact on how the teams we will play this season. I can’t wait to see the draft choices tampa will be getting remember fans Tampa and the other clubs have been following these players that ever since they were playing college and some not. They spent millions. So I think Tampa may change their 1st rd pick espically if a team wants to jump to pick no#9 example LA Rams. They need a future QB, So droping down to #15 Tampa… Read more »

macabee
macabee
Reply to  georgehicks
5 years ago

George,
I think that could very well happen. I think after FA, the draft is wide open. I don’t have a favorite so whoever and wherever they pick, it’s going to help. I know you meant future CB and William Jackson is a good one. When you have a lot of needs, extra draft picks always helps!

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Scott Reynolds might be spot on with his latest Mock Draft thinking? This signing makes sense as to the defensive scheme of quickness and toughness; the need for height at all positions is no longer necessary. No telling who and what position we draft at Spot 9. Go Bucs!

martinii
martinii
5 years ago

The one complaint we hear about Vernon Hargreaves is his height (and 4.5 40.) Seems a little strange that with exception of Banks all our CB’s are under 6’0. There are some pretty big receivers in the NFC south.

pinkstob
pinkstob
5 years ago

I remember Robinson from his playing days at UCF and he wasn’t very good. I also remember him running very fast at the combine and he rose up draft boards. Thus far in the NFL he hasn’t played well which is why the Vikings didn’t keep him. I know the plan wasn’t to spend big in FA and I agree with that this year based on who was available, but aside from re-signing Martin I don’t think the Bucs did well in FA. I know it takes two to tango but that only addresses why some guys didn’t want to… Read more »

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  pinkstob
5 years ago

Pink, we usually see eye to eye on most things but I disagree with you on this post. I think the Bucs did a decent job in FA. We only went down in 1 position(Guard), Which to be honest, would have been impossible to upgrade at in FA. There wasn’t a FA that was as good as or better then Mankins. We resigned some key players. We signed a DE and Corner that were better than any player we had on this team at those positions. You cant fix every position in FA. We picked our 2 worst positions and… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  wnb0395
5 years ago

No worries on disagreeing, I think everyone has disagreed with everyone else on here at some point or another. I responded to the other responses to my post in the order they were posted and yours came in most recently. I’ve pretty much covered every point the others made which had some overlap with yours so I don’t have much to add here, but I didn’t want you to think I was ignoring your post.

jme0151
jme0151
Reply to  pinkstob
5 years ago

Pink….I think your right. We will see by the end of next season. Most likely still looking at filling the same positions then also.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

PinkStob, Eric Weddle isn’t signing with any team unless he figures them to be a player for the Super Bowl tourney. Charles Johnson had one sack last year. Robert Ayres had 9.5. Yes, I know Johnson was often injured, but they are both on down side of their career. I don’t think this guy was signed to be anything other than the nickel corner but I could be wrong. Whatever he does, it’s got to be better than Mike Jenkins, so look at it like that. Jason Licht likes what he has in the returning WR’s so don’t look for… Read more »

makski
makski
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

Hey drdnest, I totally agree. Ayers actually has the best numbers of all the FA DE’s. I totally agree with your Jenkins statement. I think he was TERRIBLE and anyone would be better in my book. Let’s at least give him a try.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

For Eric Weddle the Ravens aren’t players for the Super Bowl with that defense and receiving core. Now maybe Weddle thinks they’re closer to a Super Bowl than we are but I think the Ravens are in rebuilding mode and have been since they won the Super Bowl and paid their QB that contract. For Johnson and Ayers I’m going by their complete body of work (including college), not just last year. It’s like the #1 rule in investing in the stock market: buy low, sell high. Signing Johnson would have been buying low based on his career production whereas… Read more »

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  pinkstob
5 years ago

I have to agree with @pink on that one….there was a lot of “assuming” going on that Weddle wanted to play for a contender…clearly that was a load of bunk….the Ravens are terrible.

makski
makski
5 years ago

I disagree pinkstob, I think that the Bucs did very well in FA considering they did not want to overspend. I was one who wanted O. Vernon, but I think I read that he only had about 6 or 7 sacks last season and he got like 85 million!! Way too much. Same goes for Weddle at like 6.5 mil per year, plus, he didn’t want to come here. The Bucs were not interested in Nelson, although I like him too as a fill-in S, so he doesn’t count either. A. Smith is still out there because he has not… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  makski
5 years ago

I hear what you’re saying but my only counter is to your statement that “they did not want to overspend”. Had they not signed Sweezy for so much more than he’s worth then that viewpoint would hold and I wouldn’t have said anything at all. To me, if you give Sweezy that kind of money to play a LG, a position he’s never played when he hasn’t played well at RG, we could have signed some of the guys I named above for cheaper contracts.

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  pinkstob
5 years ago

I do think we way over paid for Sweezy. For 100,000 more a year we could have gotten Boone. He is a 2x pro bowler and top 10 at his position.

hamilton
hamilton
5 years ago

the new fa sign grims an ayers are the best cb an de on the team now,come on pinkstob.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  hamilton
5 years ago

Ayers is not better than J. Smith.

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

For me the question is whether or not these free agents are better than the bottom of the roster. Are Grimes and Robinson better than C.J. Roberts and Joel Ross? Is Ayers better than George Johnson? Is Sweezy better than Antoine Everet? I just hope they are also better than our former 2015 starters.

funkdoc19
funkdoc19
5 years ago

Here’s what I see of the bucs newest acquisition… I follow college recruiting and NFL Draft among the 95th percentile, so when these two guys came out they were two sleepers I kept an eye one after they got drafted for potential free agent acquisitions. I was surprised that norman was drafted 2 rounds after robinson, likely due to a slower 40 time. The thing about the bucs corner position is that all of them are zone cover guys. Mike smith’s schemes in ATL have also been zone based, with the exception of how he used Asante Samuels, similar to… Read more »

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
5 years ago

I understand the point that several people are making about (at least) Ayers and Grimes are upgrades and so FA was a success. I don’t disagree that those two are upgrades, but I think setting the bar for our GM at only needing to upgrade from a debacle, is setting a pretty low bar for the guy. There were are a number of even better upgrades – perhaps most costly upgrades – available and our GM did not secure even 1 of them. Now we could also let our GM off the hook and say “those players didn’t want to… Read more »

warren
warren
5 years ago

scubog, always like your posts, but gotta disagree that FA signings should replace the bottom of the roster. That would be fine if we were a Super Bowl contender, but we’re not. With a 2-14 record year before last & 6-10 record last year, we are still looking for starters…from both free agency & the draft. We had quite a few starters that sucked & need replacing. If we replace the bottom guys, that means the same sucky starters who are left from last year will be on the first team again. Once most of the starters are found, sure,… Read more »

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

Warren: We don’t disagree. You misinterpreted my post. I didn’t say the FA’s “should” replace the bottom of the roster. My thinking is if the FA is better than one of the current 53 then the roster is improved. Hopefully, as I also said, the FA’s are better than the player currently in the starting line-up giving a better chance to win a game once in a while.

I always temper my enthusiasm for FA signings. Been disappointed too many times.

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