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Former 49ers CB Rashard Robinson arrested in New Jersey

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson (33) intercepts a pass by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray (9), with running back Spencer Ware (32) looking, during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson (33) intercepts a pass by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray (9), with running back Spencer Ware (32) looking, during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. AP

Rashard Robinson, the former 49ers cornerback who was traded to the Jets in October, was arrested in New Jersey last month and charged with drug possession and carelessly driving.

According to the Associated Press, police found a marijuana-laced edible – THC-infused “Peanut Budda Buddah Candy” – in Robinson’s possession after they pulled over the 2018 Mercedes Benz he was driving.

At this point last year, Robinson was viewed as a potential star in the 49ers secondary after a rookie season in which he started six games and played well. That view steadily dimmed during 2017 when Robinson was picked on by opposing quarterbacks and committed a team-high eight penalties in the first seven games of the season.

Those struggles culminated in an Oct. 22 game against the Dallas Cowboys in which San Francisco’s defense was dominated and Robinson lost his cool on the sideline. He was seen lashing out at teammates and coaches and had to be calmed by safety Eric Reid.

A week after the Cowboys game, Robinson was restricted to special teams in a game in Philadelphia but still committed two penalties. The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that Robinson also was involved in an incident on a 49ers team flight. That incident is believed to have happened in the back of the plane on the return flight from Philadelphia and, per sources, involved linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong, whom the 49ers waived in November.

Two days after the Eagles game, the 49ers traded Robinson to the Jets for a fifth-round draft pick. The trade left the 49ers extremely light on outside cornerbacks and Kyle Shanahan called it “a tough decision.”

“When we had the opportunity to get a fifth-round pick, especially us going into the draft not having one, that was something we just felt we couldn’t pass up,” he said. “Draft picks are important to us and we would like to accumulate as many as we can. It was a decision that wasn’t easy, but one that we talked about for a while and we agreed on and we thought would be the best for our team.”

Former general manager Trent Baalke drafted seven cornerbacks in the last four drafts he ran. Only one of them, Dontae Johnson, ended the season on the 49ers’ 53-man roster. Johnson is an unrestricted free agent in March.

Robinson played at LSU before being suspended in 2014 because of academic issues and a failed drug test. He also was arrested in 2015 and charged with breaking into a former teammate’s apartment. The 49ers selected him with a fourth-round pick in 2016.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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