Jets cornerback Rashard Robinson was charged with drug possession after a December arrest, prompting fair questions about the team’s wisdom to trade for the troubled second-year player midway through the season.
Morris County police found a marijuana-laced candy (THC infused Peanut Budda Buddah Candy, in case you were wondering) in Robinson’s possession after he was pulled over for careless driving his 2018 Mercedes Benz last month, according to the Associated Press.
The Jets dealt a 2018 fifth-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers at the trade deadline in October for a 22-year-old player with his fair share of off-field issues. General manager Mike Maccagnan’s trade certainly hasn’t aged well.
The Jets, looking to build through the draft, effectively threw away one of their two fifth-round picks in the upcoming draft for a guy who has already given migraines to the powers that be.
The Jets traded for Robinson despite his litany of off-field transgressions dating back to college. A failed drug test and poor grades in 2014 got him suspended indefinitely by LSU. He was kicked out of the school after a June 2015 arrest for breaking into a teammate’s apartment.
Robinson, who grew up in Pompano Beach, Fla., has surrounded himself with people that he shouldn’t surround himself with, according to sources. Although the 6-1, 177-pound Robinson has “elite cover corner skills,” according to one 49ers source, trouble seemingly always follows him.
Robinson, a 2016 fourth-round pick, was excused from a Jets practice earlier this season due to issues with a person close to him, according to sources. A second 49ers source said that Robinson “isn’t a bad guy,” but he has had repeated problems with money and family/friends.
Sources told the Daily News that Robinson had an embarrassing and troubling incident on a 49ers flight earlier this season. He also got into it with coaches on the sideline in his final game with San Francisco, which proved to be the final straw for the 49ers.
The Jets were aware of both of those incidents, so why did they trade for him?
Todd Bowles was even caught off guard moments after the trade was executed. Reporters informed Bowles of the deal at one of his post-practice press conferences, an embarrassing moment for the organization, for sure.
Robinson, who had two tackles, no passes defensed and no interceptions in six games with Gang Green, was inactive for the final two games of the season. A Jets spokesman declined comment on Robinson’s latest issue with the law.