Fred Robbins had microfracture surgery on his knee a year ago, lost his starting job in December, will turn 33 in a few weeks, and the Giants had no intentions whatsoever of bringing him back.

Then he goes out and signs what is reported to be a three-year contract with the Rams worth up to $12 million.

No wonder the guys on the team call him “Fast Freddy.” That’s a pretty quick turn of fortune.

Robbins will be rejoining former Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in St. Louis. The Rams, who have the first overall pick in the draft, were probably looking to pick up either Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy with that selection. Both of them are defensive tackles. Does this mean a shift in strategy for the Rams?

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Probably not. In fact, it probably means they’re more likely to draft one of the young defensive tackles and use Fred Robbins as a Crash Davis-type mentor. Remember, the contract Robbins signed with the Rams isn’t for $12 million. It’s worth up to $12 million. Over three years. The best bet is that Robbins won’t reach either of those limits on this contract.

Robbins is the second of the four unrestricted free agents from the Giants to sign with another team. Davod Carr has signed a two-year deal with the 49ers. The other two UFAs are Jeff Feagles, who many still expect will return to the Giants, and LB Danny Clark who, as far as I've heard, hasn't gotten the attention of any NFL teams. But it's early.