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Brian Robison announces that he’s returning for 2018

There were whispers that he might have been thinking of retirement

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With the Minnesota Vikings announcing that they had re-signed the venerable Terence Newman a couple of weeks ago, the only real mystery left for the Vikings’ roster between now and Training Camp was whether or not defensive end Brian Robison would be coming back. Robison is under contract to the Vikings for one more season, but there had been whispers that he might have been thinking of hanging up his cleats.

Robison put those whispers to rest on Monday afternoon. He did so on Instagram, as is the way these things go today.

The picture is of Robison in front of the new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan, and the caption for the picture reads as follows:

If I’m taking photos in The new facility, then that can only mean one thing........ I’m BACK!! So excited that sill be in Purple again this year and get to see all of the @vikings fans as well as my fans! Thank you for the support! #football #nfl #vikings #minnesota

Robison has seen his role decrease over the past couple of seasons with the emergence of Danielle Hunter, but he can still be a valuable part of the Vikings’ defensive line rotation, whether as a defensive end or as an occasional defensive tackle. Almost as important, like Newman, he can serve as sort of a “coach on the field” and a mentor to some of the team’s younger players on the defensive line.

So, Brian Robison is officially back for 2018, ladies and gentlemen.