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  • Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

    Per stltoday


    New York Giants defensive tackle Fred Robbins has agreed to terms on a three-year with the St. Louis Rams. He will sign the deal later this afternoon.

    Here is background on Robbins from Sunday’s Post-Dispatch:

    Defensive tackle Fred Robbins played a key role in the New York Giants’ run to the Super Bowl during the 2007 season. Now the Rams are about to find out if the 10-year NFL veteran has anything left in the tank.

    Robbins, who turns 33 later this month, doesn’t fit the ideal profile of coach Steve Spagnuolo in terms of adding younger free agents. But at the recent NFL scouting combine, Spagnuolo said he was open to the concept of sprinkling in a veteran here and- there on the roster.

    Robbins, 6-feet-4 and 325 pounds, is known as a stout run defender who can play both the 3-technique and nose-tackle positions on the line.

    “We’re determined to get bigger up front,” said a Rams official.

    Robbins, who played his college ball at Wake Forest, spent his first four NFL seasons with Minnesota before joining the Giants in 2004. Robbins also was noted for his good inside push in New York, registering five and one-half sacks in three consecutive seasons from 2006 through 2008. Some of his best play came in ‘07 and ‘08 when Spagnuolo was the Giants’ offensive coordinator.

    But injuries started to catch up with Robbins midway through the 2008 season. He played part of that season with two broken hands and then suffered a shoulder injury, over-compensating for the hand injuries. Following the ‘08 season, he underwent knee surgery.

    Robbins had a modest two sacks this past season, but blocked three extra points and had five deflected passes. He was relegated to backup duty over the final third of a season.

  • #2
    Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

    Fred Robbins has signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Rams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
    -- Source: Fanball.com, March 08, 2010
    Good, much needed, solid addition IMO. :ram:

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    • #3
      Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

      I know we are wanting to add young players through the draft, and rising talents through free agency. But without any decent young players available this is a good depth pick up on the defensive line that instantly improves the defensive tackle rotation. But this is only step one in improving the DL
      @EssexRam_

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      • #4
        Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

        good, Robbins is huge and i have watched many of his games since i live in New York, and the reason why the giants had 50 sacks during those two years was beacuse Robbins commands double teams even triple teams. Also he was tops in the league in blocks even though he is old i belive he can have 3 good years left if healthy. the guards and centers will block him allowing for long or little to get there sacks in.

        while this doesnt gaurente that bradford is the pick now it makes much easier for the rams to do so.

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        • #5
          Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

          So IMO yet another blunder by spag-dontnuolo.

          Yet again another signing of someone associated with the eagles or giants.

          I do not like the fact that it seems all this regime of coaches and management can do is sign players that the eagles and giants don't want.

          This also signifies to me that we are passing on who might be an NFL icon in the years to come- Suh.

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          • #6
            Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

            Originally posted by punahou View Post
            So IMO yet another blunder by spag-dontnuolo.

            Yet again another signing of someone associated with the eagles or giants.

            I do not like the fact that it seems all this regime of coaches and management can do is sign players that the eagles and giants don't want.

            This also signifies to me that we are passing on who might be an NFL icon in the years to come- Suh.
            Why would this mean we pass on Suh? Spags likes to rotate his defensive line in order to keep them fresh. To me adding Suh is still the best thing to do. That will give us Carriker,Ryan,Robbins,Scott and Suh at defensive tackle. Any chance with the departure of Little that the Rams possibly use Carriker some at DE?
            Aim high Willis, Aim High!

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            • #7
              Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

              Originally posted by punahou View Post
              So IMO yet another blunder by spag-dontnuolo.

              Yet again another signing of someone associated with the eagles or giants.

              I do not like the fact that it seems all this regime of coaches and management can do is sign players that the eagles and giants don't want.

              This also signifies to me that we are passing on who might be an NFL icon in the years to come- Suh.
              Oh, Ye of little faith!

              The reason these teams bring in players like Robbins is because they are indeed familiar with them! I can't see that there's anything wrong with that. Steve Spagnuolo has had a history in Philadelphia and New York. In case you've forgotten, he put together a mean secondary in Philly and the best defense in the league for NY's Championship season. Further, Fred Robbins was an integral part of that DL rotation. The benefit is that other than medical stuff, the evaluative process is more or less complete. Spagnuolo knows what he's getting himself into with a proven commodity who will bring the veteran leadership that so many pined for (especially on Defense) for the past season.

              He has been a part of a rotation for years which means he is going to be more 'fresh' than an every down DT of the same age. It's the run support and veteran leadership we so sorely need as a part of our rotation.

              As to your other comments regarding Suh, you shouldn't read too far into this. We got a run-stuffing DT for our rotation in the same way that we got a veteran QB in Feeley.Suh is much more of a 'read-and-react' player who can play on most downs. Just because we have Feeley to potentially start the season doesn't mean that we won't look long and hard at Bradford and the same is true for Donkey Kong.

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              • #8
                Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

                Originally posted by punahou View Post
                I do not like the fact that it seems all this regime of coaches and management can do is sign players that the eagles and giants don't want.
                Laurent Robinson,Jason Brown,Billy Bajema,Mike Karney,Paris Lenon,Quincy Butler,Larry Grant...yeah signing Giants & Eagles cast offs is all they do..

                out of all the players who the Rams have signed since Spags & Billy D took over they have predominantly got their starters from elsewhere and their back-ups from the Eagles & Giants. id take the Eagles and Giants back ups over the back ups Linny left us with...Dahl over Chavous for example. my bad.. i forgot Chavous was a starter for us..

                p.s isnt about 90% of the players on the free agency market a player their previous team doesnt want?
                Last edited by Ramblin` Ram; -03-08-2010, 03:18 PM.

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                • #9
                  Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

                  Originally posted by punahou View Post
                  So IMO yet another blunder by spag-dontnuolo.
                  How is signing an experienced rotational DT a blunder.

                  Originally posted by punahou View Post
                  Yet again another signing of someone associated with the eagles or giants.
                  Yea it ticks me off as well that we sign people that are already up to speed on the plays and require less training time.

                  Originally posted by punahou View Post
                  I do not like the fact that it seems all this regime of coaches and management can do is sign players that the eagles and giants don't want.
                  Danny made an immediate impact. Gibson was making an impact until he got hurt. Robbins won't play every down but with his experience and talent he is probably already #1 on the depth chart.

                  The sad state of the Rams is that Eagles and Giants rejects are better than a lot of our current starters.

                  Originally posted by punahou View Post
                  This also signifies to me that we are passing on who might be an NFL icon in the years to come- Suh.
                  I disagree. In a system like Spags I don't think there is any free agent we could sign that would stop us from drafting Suh. The only thing that will stop us from drafting Suh is a decision to improve the other side of the ball first.

                  IMHO

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                  • #10
                    Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

                    Way to clarify that for him, Rambunctious. This is nothing to panic about , guys. they know each other well and as stated earlier means less training time and quicker results on the field. This is veteran depth at worst and excellent help at best.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

                      I like this...hes not THAT old for a DT...and I couldnt be happier with the notion of getting bigger up front..This guy is a big boy..Ive been clamoring for some big fat slobs in the middle for years now! I feel like we still have lingering leftovers from Lovie's, quick but undersized crap..this doesnt mean we wont get Suh..the problem with the rams is we got backups starting..guys like Ryan, and i hate to say it, maybe even Carriker, could be career backups...with Robbins and Suh, we might just have bonfide starters in a crucial postion..same thing at WR..Avery is good, but hes not a true #1, where we have him..hes a good #2.....thats why we go 1-15..

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                      • #12
                        Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

                        Originally posted by Punahou View Post
                        So IMO yet another blunder by spag-dontnuolo.

                        Yet again another signing of someone associated with the eagles or giants.

                        I do not like the fact that it seems all this regime of coaches and management can do is sign players that the eagles and giants don't want.

                        This also signifies to me that we are passing on who might be an NFL icon in the years to come- Suh.
                        Rather sad to see you have so little respect for the Coach. :ram:

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                        • #13
                          Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

                          How many guys does Spagnuolo think its gonna take to teach Suh some good stuff??..Geesh!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

                            To add a different perspective to this signing; it may signal a warning about the rehab of Adam Carricker. Time will tell of course, but Robbins is a good get and we should look ahead to the draft where we'll be adding true starters for many years to come. Good move Spags and Devaney.

                            Go Rams!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Robbins agrees to 3 year deal with Rams

                              I like it. I think if we go with Bradford, Feeley can certainly help him learn the WCO. If we take Suh, Robbins can certainly be a role model for him because of the experience and the fact that he knows Spags' system. Those are, at the least, some of the things they bring to the table. Although its frustrating not to see us sign big name players, I honestly can say I'm happy we didn't go that route because the big name players that were available this year weren't that great to begin with and/or they were much older. I think if there were truly players worth grabbing, worth the money, I trust Devaney to be all over that. I really believe we'd spend the cash if they felt it was worth it...
                              Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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                              • shower beers
                                Rams closing in on deal with Fred Robbins
                                by shower beers
                                The Rams are reportedly finalizing a deal with free agent DT Fred Robbins.
                                Reuniting with coach Steve Spagnuolo? The Rams aim to get bigger upfront, and Robbins (6'4/325) would provide a presence at the 3-technique tackle. If healthy, Robbins would be a boon to the team's run defense.
                                Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

                                ---------------

                                ...and we're back to square one in regards to who our staff wants with the first pick. First a qb, now a d-lineman. I like this signing, personally.
                                -03-06-2010, 05:18 PM
                              • MauiRam
                                Rams Close to Deal With Giants DT Robbins..
                                by MauiRam
                                By Jim Thomas
                                St. Louis Post-Dispatch

                                The Rams were in the process Saturday night of finalizing a deal that would bring veteran NY Giants defensive tackle Fred Robbins to St. Louis.

                                Robbins, who turns 33 later this month, is 6-4 and 325 pounds.

                                He’s known as a stout as a run defender who can play nose tackle or 3-technique defensive tackle.

                                “We’re determined to get bigger up front,” one Rams official said.

                                If the negotiations culminate as expected, Robbins was expected to travel to St. Louis on Sunday to finalize the deal.

                                Team sources also said they have no interest in Arizona safety Matt Ware, as had been speculated earlier.

                                Robbins would be the Rams’ second free-agent signing since the FA period began at midnight Friday. The first player signed, quarterback A.J. Feeley, to a two-year deal reportedly worth around $6 million. A Rams source said the team liked Feeley because he fits the Rams’ offensive system, and he showed superior arm strength during preseason play last summer.
                                -03-06-2010, 07:48 PM
                              • RamsSB99
                                THIS WOULD BE GREAT: Giants might be releasing Robins DT
                                by RamsSB99
                                NY DAILY NEWS
                                Ralph Vacchiano
                                March 1, 2009

                                Will Canty push Robbins out?


                                Update: 4:55 p.m.
                                It’s starting to look like before the end of the day, Cowboys defensive lineman Chris Canty will be a Giant. “There’s a chance,” his agent, Brad Blank, told me a few minutes ago.
                                And that just can’t be good news for veteran defensive tackle Fred Robbins.
                                Something’s got to give, as several NFL sources have told me in the last few hours, if the Giants sign the 26-year-old Canty, and it appears the 31-year-old Robbins might be it. Nobody can imagine the Giants sticking with all four veteran defensive tackles in a rotation that would include Canty, Robbins, Barry Cofield and the newly signed Rocky Bernard.
                                For one thing, it would be ridiculously expensive — about $12.5 million between the four of them, assuming Canty gets his $6 million per year and Bernard, as reported elsewhere, got about $4 million per year (Robbins is due $2 million in 2009 and Cofield is due $530,000). For another thing, while the depth is nice, playing time would become an issue. At most they’d average 20 snaps per player, per game (remember, DE Justin Tuck will figure into the DT rotation on passing downs), and they don’t need to spend that much money on what essentially would become a group of part-time players.
                                That’s why it was so hard to believe, at first, that the Giants would go hard after Canty. But apparently they are. In the last two hours, Canty’s agent, Brad Blank, has confirmed that he and the Giants are well into their contract talks. He got an offer from the Giants, sent them a counter-propsal, and now he’s awaiting a response from them.
                                According to one source familiar with the talks, the two sides are within striking distance of each other, though they still have a little bit of work to do on how much Canty will get up front. I haven’t yet nailed down any numbers, but sources around the league — away from the negotiations — keep throwing out that $6 million per year average.
                                Update: Blank, in an interview with Scout.com (you need a subscription to access it), said the Giants’ offer was “very decent.” He also added that “even though the Giants have signed a defensive lineman (DT Rocky Bernard), they’ve offered Chris substantially more than what they signed the other guy for and they still lust after Chris.”
                                If the Giants and Canty can’t work out a deal, Blank said his client will hope a flight to Green Bay, where the Packers have been getting more and more interested by the day. The Seattle Seahawks had a visit with Canty planned for Monday, but they canceled earlier today, Blank said, after they signed former Packers DT Colin Cole to a five-year, $21 million deal with $5 million guaranteed.
                                That’s an average of $4.2 million for Cole, by the way, and he’s not in Canty’s class. So $6 million per year might end up being a low guess.
                                The Giants don’t have to cut Robbins...
                                -03-01-2009, 05:21 PM
                              • MauiRam
                                Robbins helping Rams defense ..
                                by MauiRam
                                BY JIM THOMAS | Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010


                                On his website, Fred Robbins Official Website, is a feature called "Ask Fred," in which fans can e-mail questions to the veteran Rams defensive tackle.

                                Interesting, because Robbins holds another version of Ask Fred just about every day at Rams Park. The 33-year-old Robbins is surrounded by pups in the locker room. Six of his nine defensive linemates had two years or less of NFL experience entering this season. Three are rookies. And they have plenty of questions.

                                "It's like on pass rush, or run block situations, he'll give me his ins and outs — whatever he knows," rookie defensive end Eugene Sims said. "And I just take it and try to use it."

                                Or they may ask how to watch game film. What to look for on tape. How to stay healthy. How to eat right. And when Robbins talks ...

                                "It's short but sweet," Sims said. "He knows what he's talking about. He ain't been in it for 11 years for nothing. He knows what he's doing."

                                There's personality behind the presence.

                                "He's just a happy, energetic kind of guy," safety Craig Dahl said. "Always in a good mood. Always willing to pick up a teammate if he sees someone struggling. Fred's just a big jolly guy."

                                But Santa Claus is a big, jolly guy. And Santa can't play defensive tackle in the NFL. Robbins can. In fact, he's doing it better than anyone — perhaps even coach Steve Spagnuolo — expected back in March when the Rams signed him to a free-agent deal.

                                On a star-studded New York Giants defensive line that included luminaries such as Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiori, Robbins was the unheralded anchor in the middle during the team's Super Bowl championship run three seasons ago.

                                But then Robbins started to break down. He battled his way through 2008 with two broken hands and a shoulder injury, then had offseason knee surgery. Last season, he was replaced in the Giants' starting lineup over the final third of the season.

                                So far in St. Louis, Robbins has been revitalized. At the defensive tackle position, stats rarely tell the story. By the numbers, Robbins has nine tackles, one sack, three quarterback hits and two pass breakups this season. (OK, and that costly shove of Bruce Gradkowski in Game 2 at Oakland that resulted in an unnecessary roughness penalty.)

                                But take it from Dahl, who also was Robbins' teammate for two seasons with the Giants:

                                "You would never know Fred's as old as he is. He uses a lot of his experience to his advantage, too. He was able to read that screen last week. Sniff that out."

                                With the Seahawks desperately trying to get back in the game in the fourth quarter, Robbins dropped speedy Leon Washington in his tracks for no gain on a screen pass...
                                -10-07-2010, 11:40 AM
                              • The Messanger
                                The only Negative about Fred Robbins
                                by The Messanger
                                we didn't have him earlier in his career.
                                -10-07-2010, 01:55 PM
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