'Patience paid off' as Giants, LB Keenan Robinson agree to new deal

Linebacker Keenan Robinson has re-signed with the New York Giants, the team announced on Tuesday.

Robinson, who will be 28 at the start of the season, was signed away from the Washington Redskins last offseason on a one-year deal after several injury-filled seasons. He played in all 16 games with the Giants for the first time in his career and filled an important role as their nickel linebacker for $3 million.

"I told my agent I wanted to wait and see and hold off before I made a decision," Robinson said. "And it ended up working out in our favor, and ended up working out in the Giants' favor. I definitely wanted to be a part of the defense like I was last year. The patience paid off."

The Giants had the league's 32nd-ranked defense in 2015. They allowed the second-fewest points in the NFL this past season with Robinson playing the second-most defensive snaps (70 percent) of any Giants linebacker, behind only Jonathan Casillas (72 percent). The team and coaches were happy with what they received from Robinson on and off the field.

Robinson made 83 tackles and a career-high seven passes defended. He was an asset in coverage and rather quickly became a respected voice in the locker room. The Giants were impressed with the way he quickly picked up their defense and handled his business.