The Seattle Seahawks officially announced the signing of wide receiver Koren Robinson during a 30-minute teleconference this afternoon.
Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell also said the team had traded for Denver wide receiver Keary Colbert in a deal with the Denver Broncos.
The Seahawks signed Robinson to a 1-year agreement, marking the return of the organization's first-round draft pick, selected ninth overall in the 2001 draft. Seattle released Robinson after several alcohol-related run-ins with the law.
However, Robinson said he's been sober since August of 2006. He's married now, with two sons and a third child, a daughter on the way.
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Only 28, Robinson said he's grown up. His family keeps him grounded, Robinson said, and his focus has shifted from himself, to his family and God.
"It's always good to get a second chance," Robinson said. "I'm grateful for this chance, this opportunity. I think it could be a good story, both for me and for the franchise."
Ruskell, who has focused on bringing in players with good character, said he did his research on Robinson. And after talking with Robinson and others that know his background, along with director of player personnel Will Lewis working Robinson out both in North Carolina and Seattle, Ruskell felt Robinson could help fill the void for the team's depleted wide receiver corps.
Ruskell said the contract does contain a side agreement with undisclosed stipulations Robinson must follow.
Ruskell said coach Mike Holmgren asked him to consider pursuing Robinson because of Holmgren's relationship with the receiver. Also, a positive meeting between Matt Hasselbeck and Robinson helped sway Ruskell to make the move.
"Had any part of that not gone well we would not have done this," Ruskell said.
Robinson fills a roster spot left vacant by Logan Payne going on the injured reserve list. However, Seattle still needs to make a move to open up a roster spot for Colbert.