Fullback Michael Robinson tweeted that he will be returning to the Seahawks. Robinson played a key role in Marshawn Lynch’s 1,240 rushing yards in 2011.
The Seahawks have yet to sign a major free agent from another team — latest snub: guard Steve Hutchinson, who signed with Tennessee Thursday after a publicized Seattle visit — but they are having no problem retaining their own unrestricted free agents they want to keep.
Expected today is official word that fullback Michael Robinson will remain in Seattle, a significant development given the prominent role Robinson plays in the Seahawks’ special teams and running game (Robinson threw the key block that sprang Marshawn Lynch on his memorable 67-yard TD run against the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 playoffs).
12th Man, please(d) to announce I will be coming back next season! Time to win, Robinson, Seattle’s special teams captain, posted on his Twitter account.
Originally signed as a free agent in 2010, Robinson played in the Pro Bowl following the 2011 season after helping Lynch gain 1,204 yards and touchdowns in a franchise-record 11 consecutive games.
Robinson’s own spotlight moment occurred Dec. 12 after WR Doug Baldwin blocked a St. Louis punt that Robinson recovered and ran in for a touchdown.
With Robinsons expected return, the Seahawks have brought back six of their own free agents: Lynch, defensive end Red Bryant, offensive linemen Paul McQuistan and Breno Giacomini, and special teams standout Heath Farwell.
EX-HAWKS: Former cornerback Marcus Trufant, the club’s No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft, is expected to visit the Denver Broncos Friday. The Seahawks released Trufant last week.