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Former Alabama star DL A’Shawn Robinson joins NFC South team in NFL free agency

Los Angeles Rams DT A'Shawn Robinson (#94) celebrates a tackle during 2022 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons
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The Carolina Panthers got Bryce Young help on offense and it lands a massive defensive veteran. 

A’Shawn Robinson, 28, joins the Panthers after three seasons (2020-22) with the Los Angeles Rams.

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The former University of Alabama defensive lineman won a Super Bowl with the Rams in 2021. He had a career-high 67 tackles with two sacks, two forced fumbles, and 8.5 tackles for loss. Robinson was a second-round pick of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He spent four years (2016-19) in Detroit, three with the Rams, and played for the New York Giants last season.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported the news on Tuesday of Robinson signing a three-year, $22.5 million deal for Carolina.

The 6-foot-3, 320-pounder had 62 total tackles for the Giants, including 12.5 for loss and two pass breakups.

Robinson came to the Crimson Tide as a five-star in its 2013 signing class from Fort Worth, Texas. He was on two Southeastern Conference Championship teams (2014, 2015) and a College Football Playoff National Championship squad in 2015.

Robinson earned first-team All-SEC honors and Consensus All-American honors in 2015.

He had 46 tackles that season, including 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Robinson shared a team-high 10 quarterback hurries and had two breakups and a blocked field goal. He is now in the NFC South to help the Panthers generate an effective defense.

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Stephen M. Smith is the senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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