Asked what makes him special ahead of free agency, Robinson did not hold back.
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“I bring a lot to the game,” he said. “My down-the-field, my vertical plays I can make on the team and I got a lot of speed. A lot of us got a lot of speed on the Kansas City Chiefs, and I think I’m a guy that can make a lot of plays.”
Former wide receiver and panelist Nate Burleson then made the case as to why Robinson could be a No. 1 or No. 2 option. The New York Giants might have been paying attention, as a Wednesday report from NJ.com suggested.
“The Giants are expected to pursue Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs wider receiver Demarcus Robinson when free agency begins, an individual with knowledge of the situation tells NJ Advance Media,” wrote Matt Lombardo.
Robinson, 25, will enter his fifth year in the league in 2020 after finishing fifth on the team in regular-season receiving yards in 2019. Robinson, who played 70% of the Chiefs’ offensive snaps, caught 32 passes for 449 yards and four touchdowns.
With 20 free agents-to-be, including elite defensive lineman Chris Jones, along with a new contract for Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce reportedly set to give Kansas City a “friendly nudge,” it looks unlikely the Chiefs would retain Robinson — especially if there is indeed a market to pay him No. 1 or No. 2 money.
Rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman, who out-produced Robinson in yardage, should take a step forward — and even if the Chiefs were to cut ties with wide receiver Sammy Watkins, a case could be made that the free cap space could be better used elsewhere.
Robinson served the Chiefs well in developing trust and rapport with Mahomes over the past two years, but it seems more and more likely that he has played his last game as a Chief — especially if the early interest from the Giants is a sign of more to come.
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