Charles Robinson

  • Sources: Amid open dialogue with Vikes, Adrian Peterson would consider deal restructuring to facilitate trade

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    While Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson continues to have an open dialogue with the franchise about his future, he has pondered potential trade destinations and would consider a contract restructure if a deal becomes necessary, sources have told Yahoo Sports.

    Peterson's father, Nelson, said the running back hasn't requested a trade, nor refused to return to Minnesota. But Nelson Peterson said any steps taken by his son in the coming weeks and months will be "business decisions" based on what is best for Peterson's future.

    Another source inside Peterson's circle told Yahoo Sports the running back has entertained returning to the Vikings, but has also considered potential trade destinations. Under the latter scenario, Peterson would also consider restructuring his contract to make a trade work.

    "When it gets to that point, it will be his decision, solely. I'll weigh in and this and that, but the final decision will not come from me and will not come from his agent. It will come from him."

  • Marcus Mariota shows arm is worthy of high draft pick; Jameis Winston explains shoulder issue

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 12 days ago

    INDIANAPOLIS – Slow and sharp, fast and steady. That's how Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota finished their respective NFL scouting combine performances on Saturday.

    There were no unexpected bumps for either Winston or Mariota when each went through their 40-yard dash and throwing drills during the final phases of workouts for NFL brass. Winston ran an expected slow 40-yard dash (4.97 seconds) but dominated his throwing drills, smoothly completing most passes and showing elite arm strength and accuracy. Conversely, Mariota blazed a 4.52-second 40 and had a sharp, steady throwing session with plenty of zip on his ball. 

    While both players will go through a battery of more challenging individual team workouts, each showed well in their opportunities. Winston was particularly impressive, likely dispelling any of the talk of "shoulder weakness" that surfaced on Friday. That certainly wasn't evident Saturday as Winston showed a remarkably fluid, more compact motion that he has been working on since the end of the college football season.

    Winston elaborated on his shoulder inspection, admitting that NFL teams prodded it more than expected.

  • No one in this NFL draft class can spin a room quite like Jameis Winston

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 13 days ago

    INDIANAPOLIS – Only in Jameis Winston's world can you go into a pivotal interview session at the NFL scouting combine with concerns about a fat belly, a wonky shoulder, small hands and large off-field concerns and end up stating your intentions to be in the Super Bowl next year.

    But this is Winston. Aside from his pro-ready skills, the Florida State star doesn't have a single attribute that approaches his confidence in winning a room. And amazingly, that's how he squeaked out his first victory in the NFL debate with Oregon's Marcus Mariota – with effervescence that charms supporters and maddens haters. He went into Friday's media session under conditions that could have yielded nothing less than a probing collection of media bayonets. And by the end of it, the room was mostly entranced, even laughing at Winston's jokes.

    This weekend's throw-off with Mariota will rightfully matter more to NFL teams. But Round 1? The public relations battle? Winston is going to exit with positive headlines. And that's at least a mild stunner.

    Luckily for Mariota, the ability to win that room will hinge less on spinning charm and more on spinning a football.

  • Here's why QB Marcus Mariota faces uphill battle against a draft slide

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 14 days ago

    INDIANAPOLIS – Marcus Mariota hasn't studied Colin Kaepernick's game. He hasn't broken down film on Robert Griffin III, either. And Johnny Manziel, well, nobody asked, but it's a sure bet the Oregon Ducks star quarterback hasn't spent much time on Johnny Football.

    As Mariota put it Thursday at the NFL scouting combine, "I don't really compare myself to other players."

    He might want to start since NFL teams are doing it right now. And Mariota is already starting a subtle slide down the draft board because of it.

    Granted, nobody is predicting a Mariota slide. This draft is too starved for quarterback talent for that to happen. But NFL teams are going to make comparisons to his game. Every team has two prominent questions for quarterbacks: who are you similar to, and what kind of success have comparative players had in the pro game?

    Right now, franchises are asking that question about Mariota. They want him in a box. They need him in a box.

    That sounds a lot like Kaepernick and Griffin. There are similarities (albeit fewer) to Manziel, too. In short, it's an ugly box at the moment.



  • Among NFL scouting combine's biggest headaches for prospects, agents: 40-yard dash

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 15 days ago

    INDIANAPOLIS – Every year, there's a nightmare that gets replayed at the NFL scouting combine. A prospective draft pick drops pass after pass or can barely bench press his own weight. Or his arm looks wild or weak, or he runs the 40-yard dash like he's tethered to a fire hydrant. In the memorable cases, maybe things go so terribly that he quits altogether, like a Maurice Clarett.

    This is what makes the combine such great theater. We tune in to see dreams made and get an inevitable sideshow of catastrophe. And since the league airs the annual combine on its cable network, we often see it live and uncut. What we don't see are the guys behind the guy, the agents who often see weeks, months or even years of work die in a single drill. They're the ones who are starting or extinguishing fires behind the scenes.

    With that in mind, an NFL agent agreed to a combine chat with Yahoo Sports, offering a peek behind the curtain at the nightmarish side of this event. He talks 40-yard dash, and among other subjects, the dirtiest thing NFL teams do at the combine.

    Charles Robinson: So give me the nightmare scenario for an agent at the combine.

    CR: Really?


  • Details of Warren Sapp's arrest on assault and solicitation of prostitution charges

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    The Phoenix police department and an employee at the Renaissance declined comment Monday, but a source with details of Sapp's arrest told Yahoo Sports that sometime around 2:30 a.m. MT, guests reported hearing an argument followed by objects banging in either the hallway or another room. When guests opened doors to see the disturbance, at least one reported seeing two women – one lying on the floor with apparent marks associated with a physical altercation, and a second woman who was with her, the source said. The women were shouting and alleged that Sapp had assaulted them and asked for someone to call police, the source said.

    Officers arrived shortly after the incident and interviewed the woman who had alleged the assault. Officers then began to look for the second woman, who had left the scene. Both eventually identified themselves to police as escorts who had met Sapp in the hotel. The source said Sapp was interviewed by police, then remained in his room until the second woman could be located. It was after the second woman was found and interviewed that Sapp was taken into custody and subsequently charged with soliciting prostitution and assault around 7 a.m. local time.

  • Before Malcolm Butler's heroics, he looked to be victim of another great Super Bowl catch against the Patriots

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    GLENDALE, Ariz. – In the final minutes before stepping into the game of his life, Malcolm Butler's eyes were fixed on New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Every word mattered, every syllable.

    Super Bowl XLIX was ready to begin, and Butler heard Belichick speaking to him. Granted, the words were reaching out to an entire room, but the message felt singular, like a collective lesson meant for private ears.

    "When you're out there today and you find yourself thinking about the future, go back to the present," Belichick said. "Play the next play." 

    It's fortune cookie coaching, a vague reminder to keep your wits. But sometimes this is the stuff that ping-pongs inside the head of a player and changes a game. And sometimes it changes the biggest game.

    This is how Butler went from devastation to elation in three Super Bowl plays. A 40-second, career-making span that will be relived forever – or at least as long as the Patriots' 28-24 victory against the Seattle Seahawks is considered a standard for great championships. This is how emotions swung deep and hard.

    "Surreal," tight end Rob Gronkowski said.

    And Butler?

  • Patriots won't talk about ghosts of '07 season heartbreak at Super Bowl but they're impossible to avoid and hear

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    PHOENIX – The garbage can in the middle of the locker room was failing. Within 30 minutes, it was bulging from the inside out, crushed to the brim with equipment, gifts and mementos that had been shed in disgust by the 2007 New England Patriots.

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    A stack of expensive embroidered bathrobes with Super Bowl XLII logos – gifts to each player – were jammed inside, several still in their plastic wrapping. Multiple sets of game-worn gloves were among the refuse, poking out from beneath some silvery game programs. There was a pile of maybe a half-dozen partially-taped cleats on the top, each sliced down the side from where players had taken scissors and sliced them off their feet.

    Had things gone differently on Feb. 3, 2008, these abandoned layers would have fetched tens of thousands of dollars. Fans and memorabilia hunters would have gobbled them up and put them under glass, fit for eternal worship in some North End bar or Charlestown barbershop.

    "Nope," he said, flatly. "I try not to."


  • Super Bowl XLIX could make TV history thanks to deflate-gate, star power

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    PHOENIX – For 32 years, the NFL has waited for television's celestial alignment to repeat itself in the Super Bowl. But Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers came and went. Bill Parcells and the New York Giants faded away. Jimmy Johnson and the Dallas Cowboys divorced. Even Bill Belichick and Tom Brady couldn't make it happen in five previous tries.

    But this year might be as close as the league has gotten to the holy grail: a game that captures both the largest TV viewership and ratings in Super Bowl history.

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    The first half of that elusive double – total viewership – has seen a record set four out of the last five years. Last year hit a new high of 112.2 million viewers. The latter half – ratings (also known as the total percentage of households with a television) – hasn't been snapped since 1982, when CBS reeled in 49.1 percent. By comparison, last year's Super Bowl set the viewership record but "only" captured 46.7 percent of households.

    Pilson's reasoning?

    • The matchup itself is attractive

  • Super Bowl tickets at extremely low inventory; cheap seats rise to $8,500

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    PHOENIX – Forget about Sunday's clash between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Getting in to the Super Bowl might be the craziest game played this week.

    On Wednesday night an already tight ticket market virtually vanished. The two biggest brokers of seats for Sunday's Super Bowl – and – went from a combined offering of 1,400 tickets Wednesday night to around 150 on Thursday morning. And that has sent prices for even the worst seats rocketing higher. The "get-in" nosebleed seats are now starting at $8,500 on, with field-level end-zone seats listed for as much as $21,533.25 each.

    Multiple independent brokers told Yahoo Sports that StubHub is so starved for inventory, it has begun calling other independent brokers and offering to buy entire inventories of Super Bowl tickets.

    But even having availability at this point is rare. PrimeSport, a significant ticket resale partner of the NFL, completely pulled its Super Bowl ticket inventory off its website, leaving visitors this message:

    "Deals like this change the industry forever," one high-level broker said.