The deadline for teams to assign their franchise tag is approaching and according to the Houston Chronicle, the Texans have decided not to use theirs on CB Dunta Robinson for a second consecutive year.
There will be no more negotiations for a new contract, which means Robinson will become an unrestricted free agent on March 5 and will be able to sign with any team.
Robinson, a first-round draft choice in 2004 who played six seasons with the Texans, earned $9.957 million last year when he was designated as the franchise player. Before he was franchised, Robinson turned down an offer that would have guaranteed him $23 million.
Robinson started every game last season and covered the opponent’s best receiver. Because free agency will increase from four to six years without a salary cap, Robinson should be one of the most attractive free agents on the market.
If the Chiefs decide to dip their toe into the deep end of the free agency pool, it’s not without risks. While he would be amazing playing opposite Brandon Flowers, whatever money they guarantee ($35 million?) Robinson would be the neighborhood Flowers’ agent would want to hang out in for a new contract.
With that being said, considering the Chiefs gave last year’s No. 3 overall pick $31 million in guaranteed money the team could play is safe (if it’s ever possible to play it safe with that kind of money) by signing a guy like Robinson and taking Joe Haden off of your draft board.
There’s no telling if Clark Hunt will let Scott Pioli spend money, but if he does Robinson should be the guy. As much as I like Julius Peppeprs — and certainly won’t complain if he ends up in Kansas City — he is nearly three years older than Robinson playing a position that is much more grinding physically.