K-Rob to Green Bay?
Koren Robinson
Koren Robinson

Posted Sep 5, 2006


On a day filled with comings and goings of Vikings players past, present and future, perhaps the strangest is a scenario playing itself out in Green Bay.

A year ago, when the Vikings waived Koren Robinson the night before the regular-season opener, it was unclear to some as to why. It was explained away as simply cutting and re-signing Robinson so if he had a relapse in the drinking problems that had cost him his career with the Seahawks, that the Vikings wouldn't be on the hook for his entire year's salary.

In the interim period between his release and re-signing the second time around on Sept. 20, the Packers tried to intercede. Green Bay, which had lost wide receiver Javon Walker for the season, attempted to entice Robinson to pass on the Vikings' offer for more money and a guaranteed starter's spot. He declined, citing the loyalty the Vikings had shown him during his stint in rehab last August after being released by the Seahawks.

Almost a year a later, it looks like K-Rob and the Packers could be courting one another again. While it remains unclear when or if the league will suspend Robinson for his high-speed police chase and DWI arrest that led to his ouster from the Vikings, the Packers clearly have a need. After cutting their roster down to 53, the Packers have just four wide receivers on the roster -- as well as a glaring need for a kick returner. Robinson could be a helpful addition in both areas.

The Packers might wait until after the first game to attempt a signing of Robinson or do as the Vikings did and release him before the opener and sign him again after the first week of games -- using the Vikings' tactic of essentially signing him to a week-to-week contract that would cover the team in the event of another relapse.

No timetable has been set for when the new commissioner will hear the case against Robinson or if he will impose a one-year suspension.

TUESDAY NOTES
* The Vikings surprised some when they released rookies Jason Carter and Wendell Mathis, who had been handling most of the kick and punt return duties. Both were re-signed to the practice squad Monday.
* The Vikings signed guard Steve Edwards, released by the Bears over the weekend. To make room for him on the 53-man roster, the team released DE Jayme Mitchell, who may be brought back to the practice squad.
* Todd Pinkston expects to be in uniform and ready to play in the season opener Monday. He had missed almost all of training camp with the Eagles due to pain in both Achilles tendons. He missed all of last season with a ruptured Achilles.
* The Vikings signed QB Brooks Bollinger to two-year contract extension.
* Mike McMahon worked out for the Browns Monday.
* The Eagles signed former Vikings safety Dustin Fox to their practice squad Monday.
* The Panthers signed fullback Steven Jackson, cut by the Vikings on Saturday, to their practice squad.
* Adimchinobe Echemandu signed with the Raiders to serve on their practice squad.
* Quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan is scheduled for a workout with the Patriots this week.


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