Seahawks release Michael Robinson


SEATTLE — The Seahawks made just one move Friday in beginning to pare down their roster from 75 to the limit of 53. But it was a surprising one, releasing popular fullback Michael Robinson.

The team did not announce the move, but it was included in the NFL.com lists of cuts, and Robinson tweeted a goodbye to Seattle fans, saying: “Been real 12th Man will always have love for ya.”

Several teammates also tweeted about the news, including quarterback Russell Wilson, who wrote: “I’m going to miss you RealMikeRob. You’re the best in the business. Love you VA.”

Robinson, signed as a free agent in 2010, was due to make $2.5 million this year, making him among the highest-paid fullbacks in the NFL. Robinson, 30, was expendable with the team having younger, promising players who can fill that spot in Derrick Coleman and sixth-round pick Spencer Ware.

Cutting him will save the team $1 million in cap space.

The team still has 21 more cuts to make by 3 p.m. today.