Shaping the Cowboys negotiations with free agent receiver Laurent Robinson is the team’s need for three quality receivers.
With Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Robinson, the Cowboys have a trio as dangerous as any in the league and the Giants certainly showed the importance of that with their run to the Super Bowl fueled by the play of receivers Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham.
What’s also true for the Cowboys as it relates to Robinson is that they need a third quality starting caliber receiver because of the injury history of Austin and Bryant who missed a combined seven games last season.
Austin missed six of them and seemingly has a propensity for nagging hamstring issues going back several years.
Their absences last season set the stage for Robinson’s breakout with 54 catches for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns, all career highs in what was his fifth season in the league.
Robinson needs to strike while the iron is hot and make the most of his good timing as an unrestricted free agent considering the disappointments he’s since being a third round pick of the Falcons in 2007. He played two years in Atlanta before being released and then was cut after two seasons in St. Louis.
But it’s also that same history that will cause the Cowboys some hesitation in going all in to keep Robinson. It was injuries that stunted his development with the Falcons and Rams.
They value what he brings to the team and chemistry he particularly has with quarterback Tony Romo.
But they don’t plan to break the bank because there is already a lot of money being given to Austin and Bryant.
You can’t pay three receivers top dollar.
Just asked the Giants, who are almost certain to lose Manningham in free agency this year.