Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson became the second Seattle player headed to Hawaii this month.
Robinson was added to the Pro Bowl NFC roster, replacing Green Bay fullback John Kuhn, who pulled out because of an injury. Robinson was a first alternate, and will be making his first appearance in the Pro Bowl, joining safety Earl Thomas.
Robinson’s bruising blocks helped teammate Marshawn Lynch rush for a career-high 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns, becoming the first Seahawks to eclipse 1,000 yards since Shaun Alexander in 2005.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Thomas and Robinson could have company if San Francisco makes the Super Bowl, with Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor likely being added as replacements.
Brian McIntyre confirms the Seahawks have signed linebacker Tressor Baptiste, an undrafted outside linebacker out of Division II Texas A&M-Kingsville, to a futures contract.
Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that the agent for Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, Blake Baratz, says Green Bay is interested in signing his client to a long-term deal and not franchising him. If the Packers can get a deal done with Finley before the beginning of free agency in early March, that increased the possibility of the team franchising backup quarterback Matt Flynn.
Nate Davis of USA Today examines the reasons for tight ends playing a larger role in offenses this season.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post weighs on the debate of paying high-dollar contracts to running back hitting free agency like Ray Rice and Arian Foster – something the Seahawks will have to consider in bringing back Marshawn Lynch.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com provides a report on player in the trenches from the NFLPA All-Star game practices in California this week.