Gators in the NFL: Chiefs bring back receiver Robinson

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Kansas City wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) celebrates after scoring a touchdown as teammate Mecole Hardman (17) looks on during the first half Sunday against Oakland in Oakland, Calif. At right is Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Updated [3-29-20, 9:45 a.m.] KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed wide receiver Demarcus Robinson to a one-year deal, a source confirmed Saturday to The Kansas City Star. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reported that the contract is worth $2,297,500 fully guaranteed, though only about $1 million will count against the Chiefs’ salary cap.

According to the source, Robinson drew interest on the open market. General manager Brett Veach and the Chiefs, however, remained focused on bringing him back and kept the lines of communications open before eventually agreeing to terms.

Robinson appeared in all 16 regular-season games with 10 starts in 2019, recording 32 catches for 449 yards and four touchdowns on 55 targets. His biggest game came in Week 2, when he totaled six catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns, averaging a healthy 28.6 yards per catch.

The 6-foot-1, 203-pound Robinson originally joined the Chiefs in 2016 as a fourth-round pick out of Florida. Over the past four seasons, Robinson has appeared in 64 games with 23 starts and produced 75 catches for 949 yards and eight touchdowns on 127 targets.

Marcus Gilbert:  The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the right tackle.

Gilbert was expected to be the Cardinals’ starting right tackle last season before a knee injury prior to the regular season opener caused him to miss all 16 games. He’ll compete with Justin Murray for the starting job next year. The 32-year-old Gilbert played eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before coming to the Cardinals.

He played at UF from 2006 to 2010.

Quinton Dunbar: The Seattle Seahawks have finally addressed one of their defensive needs. No, it had nothing to do Jadeveon Clowney or the pass rush.

Seattle landed some needed depth in the secondary by acquiring cornerback Quinton Dunbar from the Washington Redskins for a fifth-round pick Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the move.

The move could end up being another trade steal for John Schneider and the Seahawks as they attempt to upgrade the secondary. Seattle had a need for cornerback depth and Dunbar should instantly jump into the competition as a potential starter. At 6-foot-2 with long arms, Dunbar fits the mold of the cornerbacks Seattle wants to have in its defensive system.

Dunbar had a career-best four interceptions last season for the Redskins. He has started 17 of the past 18 games he’s played for Washington. He missed five games last season with a hamstring injury and made it clear he wanted to play somewhere other than Washington for the upcoming season.

Dunbar posted a thank you to the Redskins organization on Instagram accompanied by a highlight video. He closed his messaged with, “I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life which is joining the Seattle Seahawks and helping them win a championship.”

The move was the second significant trade made by Seattle since the start of last season to help the secondary. The Seahawks sent a seventh-round pick to Detroit for Quandre Diggs midway through last season and now used a fifth-round pick to acquire Dunbar.

Cornerback has been on Seattle’s list of needs, but took a backseat to other matters in the early days of free agency. Seattle focused extensively on the offensive line with four additions — B.J. Finney, Cedric Ogbuehi, Brandon Shell and Chance Warmack — and made one big splash on defense by bringing back former first-round pick Bruce Irvin to help the pass rush.

The Seahawks continue to wait on Clowney’s decision on whether he’s up for a return to Seattle.

But cornerback had to be addressed at some point. While Shaquill Griffin had a solid season last year, Seattle’s pass defense as a whole was a problem. Griffin’s counterpart Tre Flowers was often picked on by opposing quarterbacks, especially when Seattle’s lackluster pass rush was unable to cause any disruption. Dunbar seems likely to challenge Flowers for the starting role.

Dunbar was a wide receiver in college at Florida before moving to cornerback after being signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent.

Max Garcia: The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with offensive lineman Max Garcia. The team announced it was re-signing both player Tuesday. The 6-foot-4, 309-pound Garcia started last season on the Physically Unable to Perform list because of a knee injury but eventually played in seven games. The 28-year-old is expected to provide depth for the Cardinals in the interior of the offensive line.

Caleb Brantley: The defensive lineman re-signed with the Redskins. Full terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Brantley, (6-2, 305), a four-year NFL veteran, entered the league after being selected in the sixth round (185th pick) of the 2017 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. Brantley has appeared in 20 games with one start. He has registered 21 tackles (13 solo), 2.0 sacks and one fumble recovery in his career.

Brantley played collegiately at Florida and appeared in 38 games with 22 starts. He was selected Second Team All-SEC in 2016.

Dante Fowler: Atlanta and Fowler have agreed to a $48 million, three-year contract, reuniting the outside linebacker with one of his coaches in college.

The 25-year-old Fowler played college ball at the University of Florida. When he was a freshman in 2012, Falcons coach Dan Quinn was the Gators’ defensive coordinator.

Fowler was a first-round pick by Jacksonville in 2015. He set a career high with 11 1/2 sacks for the Los Angeles Rams in 2019. He set another career high by starting 14 of his 16 games.

Fowler celebrated the new deal on his Twitter account when he referred to the Falcons’ slogan by writing “#Rise Up!! Let’s go baby!!”

Fowler will be expected to replace Vic Beasley Jr. as the team’s top pass-rusher. Beasley agreed to a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.

The search for pass-rush help is an offseason priority for Atlanta, coming off its second straight 7-9 finish. The Falcons ranked near the bottom of the league last season with 28 sacks, ahead of only Miami’s 23.

Jon Bostic: The Redskins announced Sunday that they have re-signed the linebacker.

Bostic entered the league after being selected in the second round (18th pick, 50th overall) of the 2013 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears. Before he was drafted, Bostic played at the University of Florida, where he appeared in 51 games while making 32 starts.

The 28-year-old also has played for the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 2019, Bostic started all 16 games in which he appeared, tallying a career-high 105 total tackles, 56 of them solo, while leading all linebackers. He also had one sack, one interception, two passes defended and three tackles for loss.

Lerentee McCray: The seven-year veteran, who joined the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in 2017, has reached an agreement to re-sign with the team.

“Lerentee has brought depth to our defensive line and has played at a high level on special teams since he joined us in 2017,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said in a statement. “We look forward to bringing him back as a veteran presence in our locker room in 2020.”

McCray (6-feet-3, 249 pounds), originally signed with the Denver Broncos as a collegiate free agent shortly after the 2013 draft. He has appeared in 72 NFL games, playing 24 games in three seasons with Denver, playing 13 games with Buffalo in 2016 and spending the last three seasons with the Jaguars.

McCray has played in 35 games with the Jaguars with nine tackles (four solo), including one tackle for loss, on defense — and 12 special teams tackles. He served as special teams captain in 2018.

Vernon Hargreaves III: The cornerback returned to the Texans, agreeing to a one-year deal just over a month after being released by Houston.

The Texans released Hargreaves on Feb. 14. Houston could have kept Hargreaves under his fifth-year option worth $9.6 million, but there was no dead money on the contract because the option was guaranteed for injury only before the start of the new league year.

 Hargreaves, who turns 25 on June 3, was drafted by Tampa Bay with the No. 11 overall pick in 2016. In 41 career games, the Florida product has two interceptions, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and 186 tackles.

Brian Poole: The cornerback re-signed with the Jets, a one-year, $5 million fully guaranteed contract, agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press.

Poole was the Jets’ best cornerback last season in the team’s defense, playing in the nickel spot. He had 62 tackles, one interception he returned 15 yards for a touchdown, six passes defensed and a forced fumble in 14 games, with 10 starts. He missed two games late in the season with a head injury, but returned for the final two.

The 27-year-old Poole spent his first three NFL seasons with Atlanta after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Florida. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Jets in free agency last year.

Poole has five career interceptions and five sacks in his four seasons.

Jonathan Bullard: The Cardinals agreed to one-year deal with the defensive lineman. Bullard, claimed on waivers after being released by the Bears after the preseason, played in nine games, starting six. He totaled 22 tackles and 1½ sacks.

Keeping the 26-year-old Bullard, a 2016 third-round pick of Chicago, was necessary as the Cards try to fill out the defensive line.