With contractual uncertainty throughout the defensive line, the Minnesota Vikings did the right thing by giving Brian Robison a new contract.
Robison, along with Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Fred Evans and Everson Griffen, were set to become free agents after this season, and re-signing him should prevent a mass exodus at this position group. Although Robison hasn’t been the best player among the rest of the free-agent defensive linemen, his combination of production and affordability makes him very attractive to the Vikings. Robison’s contract is four years, $28.3 million that includes $13.15 guaranteed and a $5 million signing bonus.
Although the aforementioned defensive linemen remain unsigned past this season, I don’t see two or three of them returning to the team next season. Williams is expendable after the team drafted Shariff Floyd, and unless Allen agrees to a more team-friendly contract, his days as a Viking are probably over. Griffen is the most likely to return of the group because of his age (25) and his potential as a pass rusher. Evans’ return to the Vikings depends on the team’s cap room and depth at the defensive tackle position.
The Vikings’ decision to re-sign Robison may not be a splashy move, but it’s sensible. He’s a player who’s become a nice bookend next to Jared Allen over the past two or three seasons, and it’s good for the Vikings to have some continuity on the defensive line. Although there’s bound to be change on the team’s defensive line, it’s nice to see general manager Rick Spielman do whatever it takes to keep the position as a strength.