Dunta Robinson, the Houston Texans cornerback who has been a no-show at the team’s training camp thus far, has refused to sign his franchise tender and is asking for a promise not to be franchised in the future.
He is trying to duplicate training-camp conditions, however.
Robinson, who returned last season from a serious knee injury suffered in 2007, stands to make roughly $9 million if/when he signs that franchise tender (the Texans always could withdraw that, but then Robinson would become a free agent, which wouldn’t help the team).
Robinson has been spending his time with specialists in Bradenton, Fla., training daily, according to a source (free-agent WR Matt Jones also is there and awaiting a call from an NFL team). Robinson trains twice a day — working out, gaining explosiveness, etc. — and also spends 90 minutes to two hours per day with a position coach, doing corner-specific drills.
In all, Robinson spends about six hours per day in a camp-simulated environment. Obviously, he isn’t working with his teammates and operating in full 11-on-11 drills or preseason games, and those conditions cannot be duplicated. But Robinson is doing the next best thing.
This situation has pretty much flown under the radar. That seems to be the case with the Texans for the most part, despite boasting some premier individual talent. But as September comes upon us, I figure more people will pay attention.
One would tend to think the sides could work it out before the real games begin, or Robinson would at least report in time to earn that first regular-season paycheck. Robinson has made comments to the Houston media that he will be back in September and hopes to be ready for Week 1, but with a new defensive coordinator and all the time spent away from meetings and practice, the Texans might not think he’s game-ready.