Kevin C. Cox
Fact: Dunta Robinson's dreads are magical
I'm posing this as a question. And I'm looking for your thoughts. To be honest, as of late, when I use declarative statements regarding contract renegotiation, some of you freak out a bit. So that said, this is something I've thought about more than once this week, and I'm hoping we can get some dialogue going.
As I'm sure you all know, Dunta Robinson just tweaked his contract last off-season. He did it for the "good of the team," but he also got his. He's owed $8 million in base salary in 2013. If you're keeping score, that's a lot, relatively speaking. He will likely be the second-best paid player on the team.
Robinson is a good corner back. At times, during the 2012 season, he was the best corner back on the field. But is he worth what we must pay him (absent additional tweaking of this contract)? I'd say no. In fact, I'd say no adamantly, while waiving my arms around in the air like Dave after a Mad Dog 50/50 bender.
Much of how we approach Robinson's contract depends on what we do with Brent Grimes. I have a hard time picturing a scenario where we pay Robinson $8 million a year while also paying Grimes the type of money he's probably going to want. Sure, it's possible, but so is Caleb selling his Pokemon cards collection.