Greg Robinson might play is last year in a Rams uniform in 2017.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Los Angeles Rams chose not to exercise the 5th-year option for their No. 2 overall pick of 2014. It’s something that’s been expected for some time now, but now the word is official. Unless the Rams front office and Robinson reach a new agreement before the end of the NFL year, Robinson will be a free agent.
Now official: the Rams will not pick up the fifth-year option on former number two overall pick OL Greg Robinson.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 2, 2017
The 5th-year option would have made Robinson around $12 million.
Robinson’s time in a Rams’ jersey has been a mixed bag of inconsistency and dashed expectations. Considered a raw, yet powerful and skilled, run-blocker coming out of Auburn, Robinson was expected to come in and maul the competition in the run-game. It was just another piece to the identity then-head coach Jeff Fisher envisioned for his Rams team. Robinson started 42 out of 46 games, but his play was anything but consistent.
There were some weeks when Robinson was one of the highest linemen graded by ProFootballFocus. There were plenty of others were he was graded one of the lowest. Between the two sides, Robinson found himself on the latter more often. Eventually, he found his way on the bench. Twice. It was Fisher’s way of trying to motivate the struggling lineman.
Yet, Fisher’s method didn’t work. Robinson finished another season of his career as one of the most-penalized linemen in the league (his go-to penalty being holding).
When Sean McVay was introduced as the new Los Angeles head coach, Robinson quickly became the topic of discussion. McVay said he was excited to get to work with Robinson. After the news of the Rams’ passing on the 5th-year option, it appears that excitement is lukewarm.
Robinson lost his left tackle spot, a position he’s held since his rookie year, to Andrew Whitworth. Now, the former first-round pick finds himself on the opposite side of the line, and with his back against the wall.