When the Texans report for the start of full training camp Friday, it’s all but certain that CB Dunta Robinson won’t be there.
Robinson has no plans to report unless the Texans are willing to promise him they won’t place the franchise tag on him again, according to a league source, and he’ll remain in Bradenton, Fla., where he is training at the IMG Academy. Robinson has refused to sign his franchise tender to this point.
The Texans retain Robinson’s rights through their $9.96 million franchise designation. It’s unclear how long Robinson would be prepared to continue to sit on the franchise offer. If the Texans were to remove the tag, Robinson would become an unrestricted free agent. And the sides can’t work out a long-term deal this year because the deadline for franchise players to do so was July 15.
Robinson, 27, is entering his sixth NFL season after being selected 10th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He suffered a serious knee injury in 2007, but he bounced back to start six games in 2008 while trying to round back into top form. He has performed at an elite level when healthy.