With Allen Robinson II officially a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the newly-acquired receiver picked his new jersey number on Friday. Robinson wore a variety of numbers throughout his collegiate and professional careers but chose a number that he has never worn for his tenure with the Steelers.
Robinson wore No. 8 during his collegiate career at Penn State. During his professional career, Robinson wore a different number in each of his first three teams. With the Jacksonville Jaguars, Robinson wore No. 15. With his time with the Chicago Bears, Robinson donned No. 12 and in his last destination before Pittsburgh, Robinson wore No. 1 with the Los Angeles Rams.
Robinson settled on the No. 11, which was previously worn by Chase Claypool. Not only will Robinson wear Claypool’s old number but the veteran receiver will fill the gap on the depth chart left by the Claypool trade.
The No. 11 does not have the greatest history within the Steelers organization. Many players wore the jersey number, but none have made it look “sexy.” Players that wore the No. 11 include the famously-under achieving Claypool, Donte Moncrief, Justin Hunter, Markus Wheaton, and Kent Graham.
The Steelers and Los Angeles Rams swapped 2023 seventh-round picks for Robinson. The Steelers will now draft at pick No. 251 instead of pick No. 234.
According to Ian Rapoport, the Rams agreed to pay $10 million to Robinson in 2023, while the Steelers converted $3.8 million into a signing bonus making his base salary $1.2 million. In the 2024 season, Robinson’s base salary is $10 million.
Robinson is coming to Pittsburgh with a chip on his shoulder after missing a period of the 2022 season due to injury. Robinson posted a tweet on Friday that stated he was the most open receiver on the Rams in 2022 according to ESPN Stats. This may be a shock to many since the Rams have All-Pro wide receiver Cooper Kupp on the squad.
Robinson’s tenure with the Steelers will not be the first time that the receiver has called Pennsylvania his home. Robinson attended Penn State from 2011-2013 before being drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
“Man, it feels good to be back in PA. Couldn’t be more excited to join this squad. Let’s get it,” said Robinson in a video posted to the Steelers’ Twitter account.