Seahawks add Robinson, Colbert to decimated receiving corps

Updated: September 16, 2008, 8:51 PM ET
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Desperate for a healthy wide receiver, the Seahawks reached into their past and signed former first-rounder Koren Robinson to a one-year contract Tuesday.

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They also traded what is believed to be a fifth-rounder to the Denver Broncos for wide receiver Keary Colbert. The pick could be upgraded to a fourth, depending on Colbert's performance, a source told ESPN.com's John Clayton.

Robinson, 28, flew into Seattle on Tuesday and met with general manager Tim Ruskell. After a physical and a talk, Robinson was offered the chance to return to the Seahawks for the first time since leaving in 2004. The one-year deal is worth $730,000.

The Seahawks cut Robinson after the 2004 season because of numerous off-the-field problems. Though he was popular with his teammates and had the support of coach Mike Holmgren, Robinson was let go. He bounced back with the Vikings in 2005, but a DUI led to an arrest and his eventual release. He was with the Packers in 2006 and 2007 and caught 37 passes in those two seasons.

"Just because of the terms and circumstances I left Seattle on, I never thought I'd be back," Robinson said on a conference call. "I'm grateful for this chance. I think it can be a good story -- for me and the team."

The 28-year-old Robinson said he has been sober for 25 months thanks to a new marriage, two young sons, a baby girl due next month and religion.

"I'm definitely proud of that," he said.

Robinson said the final incident that caused him to abandon his partying ways came in August 2006. Police said Robinson, then with the Vikings, led them on a car chase at speeds more than 100 mph, and that his blood-alcohol content was found to be 0.11 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08.

Robinson was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading down to a charge of fleeing police. He also was sentenced to three months in jail for violating probation on a separate drunken-driving case in Kirkland, Wash., in 2006.

The NFL suspended him for one year then reinstated him last October. He caught 21 passes and returned kickoffs in nine games last season for Green Bay. If Robinson violates the league's substance-abuse policy again, he faces a lifetime ban.

Last week when the Seahawks had four receivers injured, Holmgren mentioned Robinson to Ruskell as a possible replacement. And quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Robinson's quarterback from 2001-04 in Seattle, told Ruskell that Robinson had turned his life around. Hasselbeck saw Robinson during a weeklong Christian retreat in Dallas last winter and was impressed.

"I don't know about the football side of it at all. I haven't seen him play in a long time," Hasselbeck said Monday. "But, I guess what I care about more is that he grew up and really matured and got his life turned around in the right direction. ... I'm proud of him."

"I understand the criticism ... if this was the Koren of four years ago, that would be warranted," Ruskell said. "And we could be wrong ... but all of us believe in second chances."

Six injuries at the wide receiver position left the Seahawks in a pinch to find one who knew the system. Logan Payne blew out a knee during Sunday's loss to the 49ers and was lost for the season. Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace pulled a calf muscle during pregame warm-ups. He was going to try to help Seattle at receiver Sunday before getting hurt.

Colbert left the Panthers to go to the Broncos in free agency and signed a three-year deal.

The 26-year-old receiver has not caught a pass in two games with the Broncos after signing a three-year deal in March. He became tradable with the emergence of rookie Eddie Royal and the return of Brandon Marshall from suspension. Colbert was also behind former Seahawk Darrell Jackson and veteran Brandon Stokley.

Colbert caught 32 passes in 12 games for Carolina in 2007.

Information from ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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