PITTSBURGH, MARCH 1 -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are working out former Washington Redskins quarterback Tony Robinson, who recently completed a prison sentence for cocaine possession.
Robinson played for the Redskins last season during the NFL players strike on a work-release program and with the approval of Commissioner Pete Rozelle. He quarterbacked a 13-7 victory over Dallas in his one start.
The Steelers are in the market for a quarterback because last season's starter, Mark Malone, was the lowest-rated NFL signal caller.
Robinson spent 16 months in and out of jail after pleading no contest to three counts of attempting to deliver cocaine during his senior year at Tennessee. Robinson played at Tennessee from 1982 to 1985.
Part of Robinson's tryout Tuesday and Wednesday will include a drug test, Steelers officials said.
"The main thing is I'm not a drug user of any kind," Robinson said. "I think that showed when I took the test for the commissioner before I went to Washington. Hopefully, no one will hold a grudge against me on that and they'll just judge me on my talent."
"He has what we feel is termendous potential," Steelers business manager Joe Gordon said of Robinson.
"Anytime we have an opportunity to improve our team, we'll take advantage of it," Gordon said. "Our society has always given people a second change. All reports that we have is that he is okay and can resume his football career."