GM Jon Robinson already impressing Titans' Mularkey
Former Bucs executive Jon Robinson has only had two months as the Titans' new general manager and still has the No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft, but he's made a quick impression on Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey.
"Jon is very smart and has obviously paid attention to a lot of people around him on his way up to this position," Mularkey said of the former Patriots scout, who was Tampa Bay's director of player personnel the last two years. "In the short time I've been with him, it's been impressive to watch him, not only in his player evaluations, but I've sat in on a number of the negotiations with free agency."
Robinson has been active in his first months as a GM, acquiring Pro Bowl running back DeMarco Murray from the Eagles -- for only a swap of fourth-round picks -- and helping second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota by signing center Ben Jones from the Texans and signing receiver Rishard Matthews from the Dolphins. Mularkey said the contract negotiation -- generally a new challenge for a first-time GM -- was a good sign of Robinson's toughness.
"I've been in there and watched him work firsthand -- there's no nonsense," Mularkey said. "He knows what he wants, he knows the right price that we're not going to put our franchise in a position to be hurt in later years. He's very well-prepared. I told him after one of the signings 'I wish you could play offensive line like you negotiate.' That's how good I thought he was. He's very good at what he does."
Robinson is yet another NFL general manager to come from the Patriots' front office under Bill Belichick, as did Bucs GM Jason Licht and new Lions GM Bob Quinn, as well as Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli in Atlanta.
"I'm happy for them, happy for the opportunities they have," Belichick said Tuesday morning. "We can only have one of those positions in our organization, so if they are able to get one somewhere else, I'm happy for them and their families. They worked hard for us."