Brian Robison took a pretty sizeable pay cut to come back to the Minnesota Vikings for the 2018 season. At today’s OTAs, he reiterated to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press what many of us had suspected, saying that 2018 would “likely” be his last season.
“More than likely, I think it is” his final season, Robison, 35, told the Pioneer Press following a practice during organized team activities. “I’ve talked to my wife and family about it and the body’s just getting to that point.
“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.”
According to Tomasson’s article, Robison was “50/50” about retiring this offseason, but much like cornerback Terence Newman, decided that he wanted to come back to the Vikings for one more go-around.
Despite ceding his starting spot at defensive end to Danielle Hunter, Robison still played about 56% of the Vikings’ snaps on defense last season, as he saw some time rotating inside in pass rushing situations. You would have to think that the Vikings would like to see that number decrease a little more this season, as Robison can still be effective in a limited role, but the team doesn’t need him wearing down late in the season again.
Robison says that he’ll know for sure whether or not 2018 will be the last ride by the time the season starts, but a month and a half or so before the start of Training Camp, it certainly sounds as though he’s leaning in that direction.