Robinson confirmed to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune that he accepted the position after Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the two sides "agreed in principle" on a deal for the position. The team confirmed Monday that Robinson will have control of the 53-man roster.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was the first to report the Titans' intention to hire Robinson, and he also pointed out the Tennessee GM role is Robinson's "dream job."
Robinson added further thoughts as well, per Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com: “I am extremely grateful to Amy for this opportunity, and I am very excited for the chance to come home to Tennessee. I had a high comfort level with Amy, Kenneth (Adams IV), Steve (Underwood), and Vin (Marino) throughout the entire process, and I am ready to roll up my sleeves and go to work.”
Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk also provided her thoughts on Robinson's hiring, per Wyatt:
We are thrilled that Jon has agreed in principle to become our general manager. As we visited with Jon and researched his career, his proven track record for scouting talent, leadership skills, and ability to build relationships make him an ideal candidate to lead our football operation. Jon is a proud Tennessean who is excited to be coming home, and we look forward to the future of our football team under his leadership.
That certainly makes sense, given that Robinson is a Union City, Tennessee, native, which means his new position will allow him to return home.
The hiring comes just a couple of weeks after the Titans decided against renewing the contract of previous general manager Ruston Webster. Tennessee won just 12 games in three seasons under Webster, which ultimately necessitated a change at the top.
Losing isn't something Robinson is particularly accustomed to. Although the Bucs didn't win many games during his two-year tenure in Tampa, he previously worked in the New England Patriots front office from 2002 through 2013.
Robinson was the Pats' director of college scouting from 2009 through 2013, and he won a pair of Super Bowl titles during his time in New England.
Due to Robinson's impressive resume, Bleacher Report's Luke Easterling is among those who view the loss as a significant one for the Bucs:
Most of the focus on HC spot, but behind the scenes, #Bucs should do everything they can to hang on to personnel director Jon Robinson, too.— Luke Easterling (@LukeEasterling) January 14, 2016
#Titans ownership, preference to keep Mike Mularkey scared off some GM candidates. If Jon Robinson hired, as many expect, next move is key.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 14, 2016
reports are #Titans closing in on Jon Robinson for their GM opening...if that happens, hearing he'll tap Josh McDaniels for head coach— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) January 14, 2016
With Mike Mularkey returning as head coach after serving in an interim role following the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, Robinson has some interesting pieces to work with as Tennessee's new GM.
In addition to the No. 1 overall selection in the 2016 NFL draft, the Titans boast quarterback Marcus Mariota, who looked like a potential franchise signal-caller as a rookie, despite some injury issues.
Coincidentally, Robinson was among those involved in the decision-making process to draft Jameis Winston ahead of Mariota with the Buccaneers last year.
He will now inherit the guy he passed up, but it is entirely possible Mariota will turn out to be the better player, provided he can stay healthy.
Robinson told reporters Monday, "It's very comforting knowing we have a young, talented quarterback in place," adding the team needs to build around Mariota.
As for what he will do with the top pick, Robinson said the team will "look at all offers" for the selection.
There is no question Robinson helped build the Patriots dynasty and significantly enhanced the talent level of the Buccaneers roster, and if he can do something similar in Tennessee, the Titans have a chance to become players in the AFC South in the near future.
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