With the retirement of Chad Greenway and the departure of Adrian Peterson earlier this year, defensive end Brian Robison is now the longest-tenured member of the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings selected Robison in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and has spent all of his first ten NFL seasons in purple and gold.
Robison was entering the final year of his contract with the Vikings, but signed a one-year extension about a month ago. That means he’s signed through the 2018 season, and according to what he told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, that’s likely going to be it for him.
“I really do believe that probably at the end of those two years, it will be it,’’ Robison told the Pioneer Press. “It’ll be about my time to call it (a career), but we’ll see how I feel when I get there. … But I would say that more than likely, that will probably be the time that I’m going to have to lay things to the side and get ready for life after football.’’
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“This solidifies me to be able to retire as a Minnesota Viking,’’ Robison said of his restructured contract.
Robison has been a starter at defensive end for the Vikings since 2010, and has put together a very solid career for the Vikings. He’s acknowledged, however, that his likely replacement. . .the young phenom we know as Danielle Hunter. . .is ready for a bigger role in the Minnesota defense, and 2017 is likely going to mark a transition from Robison getting the majority of the snaps across from Everson Griffen to Hunter filling that role and Robison becoming more of a situational player.
Here’s hoping that, if Robison is set to hang it up after two more seasons, that the Vikings can find some way to help him go out on top.