Rashard Robinson, former disappointing 49ers cornerback, released by Jets


The move to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots was not the only trade the 49ers pulled off on Oct. 31, 2017.

It was not a surprise the 49ers also dealt cornerback Rashard Robinson at the NFL trade deadline. The shocking part is that the 49ers managed to get a fifth-round selection in return from the New York Jets.

On Friday, the Jets released Robinson, 23, who started just two of the 16 games in which he appeared with the club since the trade.

Then-49ers general manager Trent Baalke selected Robinson, who had been kicked out of LSU, in the fourth round of the 2016 draft. Robinson started six of the 14 games in which he played as a rookie and showed some promise for the future.

But the next season, Robinson did not endear himself to the new regime on or off the field. Robinson committed an NFL-high 10 penalties in eight games with the 49ers in 2017.

Shortly after his behavior on a cross-country flight after a 49ers loss angered team officials and veteran players, Robinson was traded to the Jets.

The 49ers received a fifth-round pick (No. 143) overall from the Jets in exchange for Robinson. The 49ers ended up sending that pick, along with offensive tackle Trent Brown, to the New England Patriots for the No. 95 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

The 49ers selected cornerback Tarvarius Moore with the third-round pick.

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Brown ended up starting every game at left tackle en route to the Patriots’ Super Bowl title. Brown signed four-year, $66 million contract with the Raiders this offseason.

Moore is expected to compete, along with Jason Verrett and Ahkello Witherspoon, for the team’s starting job at right cornerback.

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