This is a 2016 photo of Jon Robinson of the Tennessee Titans NFL football team. This image reflects the Tennessee Titans active roster as of Monday, January 18, 2016 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Jon Robinson

Executive Vice President/General Manager

Biography

Jon Robinson enters his sixth season as the team's general manager. He was hired in January of 2016 and was promoted in 2017 to executive vice president/general manager.

Robinson's work in his first five years helped the team go from three wins in the season prior to his arrival to five consecutive winning seasons, earning playoff berths in three of the past four seasons, a spot in the 2019 AFC Championship Game and an AFC South division title in 2020. Robinson also is the only general manger during the "Titans era" (1999-present) to oversee five consecutive winning seasons. Currently, the Titans, Seattle and Kansas City are the only NFL teams without a losing season from 2016 to 2020. In re-constructing the roster during his tenure with the team, Robinson has selected 43 players in the draft, engineered 26 trades, made 11 waiver claims and hundreds of free agent signings.

In preparing for the 2021 season, Robinson made key additions to bolster both sides of the ball by signing free agents outside linebacker Bud Dupree, defensive lineman Denico Autry and cornerback Janoris Jenkins and trading for wide receiver Julio Jones. The draft saw the addition of cornerback Caleb Farley and offensive lineman Dillon Radunz in the first two rounds.

In 2020, Robinson assembled a team that captured the first division title (11-5 record) and hosted their first home playoff game since 2008. Tennessee did so while navigating the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Coming off a successful 2019 campaign, Robinson locked up running back Derrick Henry and quarterback Ryan Tannehill to long-term contracts headed into the 2020 season. Those two keyed an offense that ranked second in the NFL in total offense (396.4 yards/gm) and fourth in scoring offense (30.7 points/gm). The Titans yardage total was the most in franchise history and Henry became just the eighth player in NFL history to surpass 2,000-rushing yards in a season (2,027).

In the 2019 offseason, Robinson added key veterans to bolster the roster, engineering a trade with Miami that brought Tannehill to the team, while also adding guard Rodger Saffold, wide receiver Adam Humphries and outside linebacker Cameron Wake. Robinson also was able to keep two key contributors on the roster, re-signing safety Kenny Vaccaro and punter Brett Kern. On draft day, Robinson added Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons in the first round and wide receiver A.J. Brown from Ole Miss in the second round.

Early in the 2018 unrestricted free agent signing period, Robinson targeted a pair of former New England Patriots: cornerback Malcolm Butler and running back Dion Lewis. During the 2018 NFL Draft, Robinson used trades to move up three times as he selected linebackers Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry.

During the 2017 offseason, Robinson used free agency to address needs on defense and special teams. Most notably, he spearheaded deals for cornerback Logan Ryan (New England), safety Johnathan Cyprien (Jacksonville) and special teams Pro Bowler Brynden Trawick (Oakland).

In the 2017 NFL Draft, Robinson spent first-round picks on wide receiver Corey Davis (fifth overall) and cornerback Adoree' Jackson (18th overall). It marked the first time the franchise had a pair of first-round draft selections since 1987. Overall, the members of the 2017 draft class combined for 76 games played and 42 starts as rookies.

In his first year as an NFL general manager, Robinson's leadership and decision-making helped the Titans triple their win total from the previous season, finishing 9-7 in 2016 after a 3-13 finish in 2015. The six-win improvement tied for the most in franchise history (1967 and 1974) and doubled the previous club benchmark for the most wins in the first year under a new general manager (three by Bum Phillips in 1975).

Within the first four months at his post, Robinson pulled the trigger on several key personnel decisions. On March 9, 2016, he made his first major acquisition, swapping fourth-round draft picks with the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for running back DeMarco Murray. The trade provided major dividends in 2016, as Murray led the AFC and ranked third in the NFL with 1,287 rushing yards.

Around the same time, Robinson began to work the free agent market. Ben Jones and wide receiver Rishard Matthews highlighted the haul, and both were instrumental in helping to transform the Titans offense into the 11th-ranked unit in the NFL in 2016. Jones started all 16 games and keyed a rushing attack that ranked third in the league, while Matthews set career highs with 65 receptions (tied for the team lead), a team-high 945 receiving yards and a team-high nine touchdown receptions. The latter number tied for sixth in the NFL and tied for ninth in franchise history.

On April 14, 2016, two weeks before the NFL Draft, Robinson and the Titans dealt the first overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams in one of the biggest trades in recent NFL history. The Titans gave up the No. 1 pick and a fourth-rounder in order to receive the 15th overall pick, two second-rounders and a third-rounder in 2016, plus the Rams' first- and third-round picks in 2017. From 1990–2015, there were seven trades involving the No. 1 overall pick, but this was the first since 2004, when the San Diego Chargers selected Eli Manning with the first pick and dealt his rights to the New York Giants.

The Titans had their hands at one point or another on 17 selections in the 2016 draft due to five different trades (including one trade in 2015), and in the end, they ended up with a class of 10 players, including four of the top 45 picks. Robinson swung a draft-day trade with the Cleveland Browns to move back up to the eighth slot to choose Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin.

All 10 members of Robinson's first draft class played in at least one game in 2016. They accumulated a total of 110 games played and 38 starts, including 16 starts at right tackle by Conklin. The eighth-overall pick capped his successful rookie campaign by being named first-team All-Pro by Associated Press. Other rookies in 2016 who made significant contributions included Henry, safety Kevin Byard and fifth-round wide receiver Tajaé Sharpe. Byard earned first-team All-Pro honors and a Pro Bowl berth in his second season.

Robinson arrived in Tennessee with a wide range of experience from working his way up on the personnel side of the NFL. From 2014–2015, he served as director of player personnel for the Buccaneers and oversaw both college and pro departments as the team rebuilt its roster. The 2015 Buccaneers draft class made a significant impact, including four rookie starters: quarterback Jameis Winston, tackle Donovan Smith, guard Ali Marpet and linebacker Kwon Alexander.

Prior to joining Tampa Bay, Robinson spent 12 years with the New England Patriots, including his last five years (2009-13) as the director of college scouting. In the five years heading up their college scouting, the Patriots added a number of key components to their roster that won the Super Bowl in 2014, including wide receiver Julian Edelman, defensive back Devin McCourty, tight end Rob Gronkowski, tackle Nate Solder and defensive end Chandler Jones. He joined the Patriots as an area scout in 2002, a role he served for four seasons. Robinson then spent two years (2006-07) as a regional scout, before being promoted to assistant director of college scouting in 2008 and then director of college scouting in 2009. In his time scouting for the Patriots the team won 10 division titles, four conference titles and two Super Bowls (2003, 2004).

Robinson played three years at Southeast Missouri State as a defensive lineman after starting his college career at the Air Force Academy. Following his college career as a player, he spent one season (1998) coaching at his alma mater and three years (1999-2001) coaching at Nicholls State.

A native of Union City, Tenn., Robinson and his wife, Jaimie, have two daughters, Taylor and Bailey.

He and his wife are deeply involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), as the disease affects their oldest daughter, Taylor. In 2018, the Robinsons chaired the JDRF Gala in Nashville which raised over 1.8 million dollars for diabetes research.

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