Robinson signed a two-year, $6.5 million deal with the Buccaneers on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Robinson served as a key member of Tampa Bay's special teams corps last season after spending the first four seasons of his pro career in Minnesota. He'll likely reprise that role in 2017 and will add depth at safety for the Buccaneers.
Robinson saw time at safety in Monday's practice, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. The veteran corner helped to even the numbers at defensive back between corners and safeties during Monday's session, given that the Bucs only kept four true safeties overall. Head coach Dirk Koetter explained the move by emphasizing the need for the team to exercise the maximum amount of roster flexibility. "We have to cross-train guys," said the coach. "Those D-linemen have to play multiple spots, offensive linemen [do as well]. When you just do the math, we kept six corners and four safeties, so usually you're only going to have three safeties up on game day, so traditionally you do train your fifth or sixth corner to play some safety and Josh is one of those guys."
Robinson (undisclosed) was held out of part of practice Saturday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran corner took a seat Saturday with an undisclosed injury, giving rookie Javien Elliott a chance to take second-team reps. Robinson, an offseason acquisition last with the Vikings, is currently behind starter Alterraun Verner and slot corner Vernon Hargeaves on the right cornerback depth chart.
Robinson, an offseason acquistion most recently with the Vikings, practiced on both the second-team defense and special teams in Tuesday's mini-camp session, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports. The 25-year-old corner, a rather unheralded but potentially key component of the Bucs' offseason effort to revamp their beleaguered secondary, was seen working with the second-team defense Tuesday. Robinson also took reps as a gunner on the punt team, an area in which he has plenty of experience. The UCF product notably was in on 538 special-teams snaps over the first four years of his career with the Vikings, and the versatility will only serve to enhance his chances of sticking on the final roster come September.
Robinson has agreed to terms with the Buccaneers. Robinson returns to his home state of Florida after four seasons with the Vikings, for whom he totaled 157 tackles and five interceptions. While a pectoral injury limited Robinson to just five games played last year, he joins veteran Brent Grimes as additions to the Buccaneers' secondary this offseason.