The Jacksonville Jaguars released wide receiver Laurent Robinson back in March, just a few months after the player's season was cut short due to multiple concussions. Come to find out, after Robinson was released from the Jaguars an injury grievance was filed against the team to the tune of $2.6 million, which would have been the base salary for Robinson during the 2013 season.
A $2 million roster bonus guaranteed for skill and injury that Robinson was due on the fifth day of the league year ended up getting paid after his release. However, a grievance remains open against the Jaguars over the $2.6 million base salary for 2013. It was guaranteed for injury only until April 5, when it would have become fully guaranteed if he was still on the roster.
"We acknowledge that a grievance was filed and we are working with the NFL to resolve the dispute," the Jaguars told USA Today in a statement.
Robinson contends that he was not ready to play when he was cleared by the Jaguars back in January, but he fell into the trap that most players do, which is wanting to be on the field playing.
"I signed that big contract. I was trying to fight through it, push through it, trying to get out there for my teammates," Robinson told USA Today. "Don't want to seem like the big guy coming in here and missing practice and stuff. So, I did what I had to do to stay on the field, and unfortunately, it cost me."
In the 2012 offseason, the Jaguars gave Robinson a five-year, $32.5 million deal with $13.6 million guaranteed, but he netted just 24 receptions in only seven games. Robinson suffered a total of four concussions during the course of 2012, the first beginning in training camp.
Robinson is still trying to play in the NFL, training, and his agent claims that a few teams are interested and monitoring his situation.