Laurent Robinson files grievance
Receiver Laurent Robinson, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in March after suffering four concussions in 2012, told USA Today Sports that he has filed a grievance against the team, hoping to be paid his 2013 base salary of $2.6 million.
The Jaguars acknowledged to the newspaper that a grievance has been filed and said they are "working with the NFL to resolve the dispute."
Robinson signed a five-year, $32.5 million free-agent contract in 2012 but was released after just one season. His 2013 salary was guaranteed for injury until April 5, the newspaper reported. He told the newspaper he "definitely wasn't ready to be cleared" in January when the Jaguars did so, but he is symptom-free now.
He said he wants to play this season if a team will give him the chance.
"There's going to be doubts about me with the concussions. But the only thing I can do is tell teams to bring me in, work me out and go from there," he told the newspaper.
Robinson's deal paid him $11.1 million in 2012 and included $14 million guaranteed.
"I signed that big contract. I was trying to fight through it, push through it, trying to get out there for my teammates," Robinson told the newspaper. "Don't want to seem like the big guy coming in here and missing practice and stuff. So, I did what I had to do to stay on the field, and unfortunately, it cost me."
Robinson missed nine games last season because of his four concussions -- the first one happened when he landed on a small strip of concrete pavers near the practice field during training camp -- and finished with 24 receptions for 252 yards.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.