Brian Robison expects to retire after the 2018 season

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Vikings defensive end Brian Robison took some time before agreeing to a pay cut to return for a 12th season. He said “more than likely” this is his final season.

“I’ve talked to my wife and family about it, and the body’s just getting to that point,” Robison told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “I’m not going to make that decision wholeheartedly until probably the season starts, but I would say more than likely it probably will be [his final season]. . . . If you ask me that in August, I’ll have a definite answer.”

Robison, 35, missed four weeks of offseason work contemplating his future. He said he was “50-50” whether to retire or return last month.

He finally agreed to cut his salary from $3.5 million to $1.015 million with a $90,000 workout bonus and reported to voluntary workouts May 14.

“I’ve been around this business long enough to have kind of learned the business because I wanted to, and I kind of knew [a pay cut] was coming,” Robison said. “I didn’t think it’d be that much, but I definitely saw it coming. . . . Me and [General Manager] Rick Spielman actually had a conversation about it, and I think for me it was just making the right decision for me and my family.”

Danielle Hunter took over as the starter at left defensive end last season, but Robison still played 56.5 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. He made 20 tackles and four sacks.

10 responses to “Brian Robison expects to retire after the 2018 season

  1. A very good player for a long time and going out on his terms. Congrats and thanks for one more year B-Rob!

  2. Possible Translation: Disappointing that the Vikings rewarded me with my career of dedicated service with a 75% paycut. I know it’s a business, but I thought I’d done enough for the team to get a little love at the end. I’m playing another year despite this insult because, well, a million dollars is a million dollars and that’s my kids’ education right there. I might be getting bent over a barrel to earn it, but a man does what he has to do.

  3. the vikings have absolute studs on the defensive line. their young defensive ends still in development are on the verge of becoming the next Hunter or Griffen: Tashawn Bower, Stephen Weatherly. They also drafted defensive ends who are also athletic freaks: herculues ma tafa, Ade Aruna, and possibly Jaylyn Holmes depending on where he is put.

    Robison will have to fight to make this team. Eventually, they are going to want to give Bower and Weatherly some snaps.

  4. purplepyramidascension says:
    June 5, 2018 at 6:41 pm
    Possible Translation: Disappointing that the Vikings rewarded me with my career of dedicated service with a 75% paycut. I know it’s a business, but I thought I’d done enough for the team to get a little love at the end. I’m playing another year despite this insult because, well, a million dollars is a million dollars and that’s my kids’ education right there. I might be getting bent over a barrel to earn it, but a man does what he has to do.

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    How clueless are you? Brian is a valued member of the Vikings and has been a team captain. There have been talks of retirement for the last couple of years. He certainly isn’t needed on that Dline, they could have just cut him, said good luck with another team for one more year. Chances are he wouldn’t be signed by another team, and he probably wouldn’t even want that. He has been a Viking his entire career, this is his home, his family is here. It was classy of the Vikings to keep him around and allow him to finish his career here. It is also classy on his part to take a pay cut, knowing the Vikings will have cap problems and he is only a part time player. I think it was good for both sides.

  5. Well he will be cut before the season begins. Nfl prefers to groom young guys than to deal with guys who mention the R word.

  6. I have to give him props. I hope this season pays off for him (although he has taken a reduced price). After he retires I hope like on the field he will be setting the hook and reeling in the big fish.

  7. purplepyramidascension says:
    June 5, 2018 at 6:41 pm
    Possible Translation: Disappointing that the Vikings rewarded me with my career of dedicated service with a 75% paycut. I know it’s a business, but I thought I’d done enough for the team to get a little love at the end. I’m playing another year despite this insult because, well, a million dollars is a million dollars and that’s my kids’ education right there. I might be getting bent over a barrel to earn it, but a man does what he has to do.
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    Wow calm down. I have no doubt the Vikings re installed easily attainable incentive triggers to supplement his salary. It’s a friendly cap move and the Vikings worked with BRob because he wanted one more year. A lesser organization would have given him his gold watch and said Cya. He gave his all and the Vikings put business aside because of their appreciation for it.

  8. B Rob is a good vet to have on the team. Unselfish, takes a pay cut without whining about it. Can play multiple positions on the d line. He is great in the locker room. I hope he has a great last year in Minnesota. And of course more 96 questions.

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