Riders sign oft-suspended former NFL cornerback Rashard Robinson

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed former NFL cornerback Rashard Robinson.

The six-foot-two, 177-pound cover man was originally selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 133rd overall pick in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent parts of seven seasons in the NFL with the 49ers, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but has struggled to stay on the field due to injury and suspension.

After being traded to the Jets partway through the 2017 campaign, Robinson was arrested for possessing marijuana-laced candy and suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season. He was released by the team the following offseason and subsequently suspended 10 games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He signed with the Cowboys during the 2020 season but was released by the team the following offseason after receiving a two-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He joined the Buccaneers after reinstatement and was eventually waived during 2022 training camp.

The 27-year-old has played in 49 career regular-season NFL games and made 18 starts, registering 89 tackles, 15 pass breakups, two interceptions, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.  

Robinson played two seasons at Louisiana State University, where he collected 30 collegiate career tackles, two tackles for loss, one interception and three passes defended over 15 games played. He was suspended from the team indefinitely mid-way through the 2014 season due to a failed drug test and academic struggles. In June of 2015, he was arrested for unauthorized entry into a teammate’s apartment and not allowed to re-enroll at LSU.