Robinson worth risk for Seattle if precautions taken

September, 16, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks' desperate need for help at receiver probably won't produce many options on the trade market. Teams have been stubborn in refusing to trade even their disgruntled receivers, from Chad Johnson to Anquan Boldin.

What about free agent Koren Robinson? Well, after resisting the temptation last week, the Seahawks might have little choice. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Seattle Times say only a physical examination might stand between Robinson and the team that drafted him ninth overall in 2001.

Bringing back Robinson makes sense if the Seahawks take every possible precaution in making sure Robinson doesn't revert to his wayward off-field ways. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck needs a target familiar with the offense after injuries sidelined Bobby Engram, Deion Branch, Nate Burleson, Ben Obomanu, Logan Payne and emergency wideout Seneca Wallace.

"I've obviously got a long history with him," Hasselbeck said of Robinson. "I'd say the biggest thing is, just from a distance, I've only seen him once since he left here, or twice, but from a distance, watching him on television, watching what his coaches and teammates said about him in Minnesota and Green Bay, I'm really proud of the way he's turned his life around."

The Seattle locker room is in much better position to assimilate Robinson now compared to a few years ago. By 2004, Robinson's final season with the team, his constant tardiness and overall unreliability was making it hard for leaders to emerge in the locker room. The organization was talking about what it wanted from players without holding Robinson accountable for his actions. That undermined leadership from within.

How could would-be leaders encourage accountability when the organization was tolerating Robinson and what he represented? Leadership is well established now. Robinson would have to fit within the current framework.

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