On a day when Texans CB Dunta Robinson joined the ranks of the franchised players around the league, the veteran was not happy about the turn of events. Robinson said that he felt he was lied to by the Texans, as he was told a few weeks back by GM Rick Smith that the tag would not be placed on him.
“Tagging was out of the question according to Rick,” Robinson told The Associated Press. “I was told that. I just feel betrayed. I’m disappointed that they lied to me.”
The move of being franchised means that Robinson gets a salary of $9.957 million for the upcoming season, the average of the leagues five highest-paid corners. If a team makes an offer for Robinson, the Texans have the right to match it, and if they don’t, they will get a pair of first-round picks.
“Dunta is an important part of our team and organization,” Smith said. “We worked extremely hard to try and get a long-term contract done with him. However we were unable to reach an agreement. We hope to reach a long-term deal that ensures that Dunta will remain a Houston Texan for years to come.”
Robinson has said that he wants to stay with the Texans, but of course wants a long term deal. He said on Thursday that the turn of events of being franchised will make it tougher to deal with the team that drafted him. “Because of my teammates and because of this city and my family … I really don’t want to leave,” he said. “But a situation like this makes it much, much harder to stay.”