The Patriots’ reported signing of running back James Robinson initially came with some sticker shock.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Wednesday night that Robinson is joining the Patriots on a two-year deal with a “max value” of $8 million. That phrase “max value” is all-important. And it’s the reason that precisely zero people should have reacted to this move with any shred of outrage.
The Robinson contract is not guaranteed to hit $8 million – in fact, it probably won’t come close.