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Brian Robison | Defensive Lineman | #96

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 259
College: Texas
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 4 (102) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Vikings LE Brian Robison expects to retire after his current contract expires in 2018.
Robison recently had another year added to his deal. "I really do believe that probably at the end of those two years, it will be it," Robison said. "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." Robison turns 34 later this month, but he remains an effective pass rusher, notching 7.5 sacks last season. With Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen also on the roster, the Vikings have as much talent as anyone on the edge. Sat, Apr 15, 2017 11:07:00 AM

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Vikings signed LE Brian Robison to a one-year extension through 2018.

He's now signed for $7.5 million over the next two years, including $5.15 million guaranteed. In return, Robison lowers his cap number for 2017 in exchange for an added year. The soon-to-be 34-year-old (in April) is entering his 11th year in Minnesota. He's missed just two games in his career and had a three-year-best 7.5 sacks in 2016. The Vikings have quite a bit of edge talent.
Fri, Mar 24, 2017 09:32:00 AM

Vikings DE Brian Robison told ESPN's Josina Anderson he would like to play "one or two more years."

Robison added he would like those final two years to be spent with the Vikings, the only team he has played for in the NFL. Owed $5.8 million in the final year of his deal, he might have to accept a pay cut or cap-reducing extension to make that happen. Robison will turn 34 in April.
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 09:46:00 AM

Vikings DE Brian Robison said the team has yet to approach him about restructuring his contract.

Going on 33, Robison is owed $9.65 million over the final two years of his deal. Robison said he plans to fulfill that contract, but it was thought the Vikings may have other plans with sophomore Danielle Hunter making a strong case for more playing time. GM Rick Spielman had nothing but praise for Robison at the Combine, however, and it has become clear Minnesota plans on keeping him for at least another season. Robison recorded five sacks in 898 snaps last year.
Thu, Apr 7, 2016 12:40:00 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman hinted DE Brian Robison will be back with the team next season.

"I think he still has a lot of play in him," Spielman said. "How his role increases or decreases, that will be determined as we go through training camp and this offseason. But he still is not only a valuable football player for us, but extremely valuable from a leadership standpoint." Set to count $5.25 million against the cap in his age-33 season, Robison was viewed as a possible cap cut, but it appears he will stick around at least one more season. Even if he returns, Robison will likely lose snaps to sophomore Danielle Hunter, who recorded six sacks in limited snaps last season.
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 10:06:00 AM

Vikings LE Brian Robison (pectoral) has been cleared for training camp.

Robison injured his pec in mid-May, but is ready to rock after 2.5 months of recovery. Robison remains a starter, but has Danielle Hunter and Scott Crichton nipping at his heels.
Sat, Jul 25, 2015 01:13:00 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer expects LE Brian Robison (pectoral) to get some work during minicamp this week.

"We're going to be careful with him," Zimmer said. "We may give him some of the individual work and some of the situation stuff, but we're going to be careful." DC George Edwards made it seem like Robison was questionable for training camp earlier this month, but it appears he should be close to full go by August. Coming off a down season, Robison could use a strong camp to hold off rookie Danielle Hunter and second-year DE Scott Crichton.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 11:01:00 AM

Vikings DC George Edwards says DE Brian Robison (pectoral) will "probably" be ready for training camp.

"I hope so," Edwards said. "I don’t know exactly what the extent and the time period is, but I’d say he will probably be ready." Robison has been shut down for the last month. With his health status uncertain, Robison's starting job could come into question. Scott Crichton and rookie Danielle Hunter have been working with the first team during OTAs.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 05:53:00 PM

Three league sources tell the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Vikings LE Brian Robison's pectoral injury is not serious, but that he's awaiting test results.

Robison himself texted the St. Paul Pioneer-Press' Chris Tomasson that he's "ok." Pec injuries can be tricky, so Robison shouldn't be considered out of the woods until he gets back his tests. Perhaps facing some heat for his job this season, Robison can't afford to miss much time.
Thu, May 14, 2015 04:57:00 PM

Vikings LE Brian Robison suffered a pectoral injury while working out on Thursday.

The extent is unknown. A tear would cost Robison a big chunk of 2015. Robison had a strong 2013, but was one of the league's worst 4-3 ends last season. A serious injury would create an opportunity for third-round pick Danielle Hunter.
Thu, May 14, 2015 03:36:00 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press confirms Brian Robison will remain at left end.

Robison graded out as a top-ten 4-3 pass rusher by Pro Football Focus, but will continue to stay at left end with Everson Griffen taking over for Jared Allen. The Vikings also added depth by signing Corey Wootton, who figures to see playing time behind Robison as a situational run stopper.
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 09:04:00 PM

Vikings signed LE Brian Robison to a four-year, $28 million contract extension with $13 million guaranteed.

Robison was set to hit unrestricted free agency after this season. Instead, the Vikings lock up their quietly productive left end. Robison started 31 games between 2011-12, compiling 16.5 sacks, 81 tackles and seven batted passes. So far this year, he's graded out as ProFootballFocus' No. 13 4-3 end out of 49 qualifiers.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Vikings LE Brian Robison (shoulder) and CB Antoine Winfield (hand, knee) are both active for Week 17 versus the Packers.

With the playoffs on the line in a must-win game, Robison is playing through a Grade 3 sprain in his AC joint. Vikings inactives: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Stephen Burton, CB Brandon Burton, S Robert Blanton, LB Audie Cole, OL Troy Kropog and DE D'Aundre Reed.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 03:11:00 PM

Vikings LE Brian Robison (shoulder) is officially questionable, but expects to play in Sunday's season finale against the Packers.

"I'm sure Sunday it's going to be painful," Robison said. "But bottom line is we're trying to clinch a playoff spot and we need all hands on deck." Robison suffered a Grade 3 sprain of the AC joint in his right shoulder on Dec. 16 and sat out last weekend's win at Houston, which set up Sunday's win-and-in situation against the Packers at the Metrodome. Coach Leslie Frazier said he'd ultimately lean on Robison to make the decision.
Sat, Dec 29, 2012 10:29:00 AM

Vikings declared DE Brian Robison (shoulder) inactive for Sunday's Week 16 game against the Texans.

Robison sustained a Grade 3, or most severe sprain, against the Rams last week. Everson Griffin will start at left and George Johnson is active after getting called up from the practice squad earlier this week. The rest of the Vikings' inactives: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Stephen Burton, CB Brandon Burton, LB Audie Cole, OL Troy Kropog and DE D'Aundre Ree.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 11:47:00 AM

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5Horace Richardson
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P1Ryan Quigley