Hi jeremy1102, first of all Welcome to WebmasterWorld!
Having two robot meta tags with different content won't help your site much. At best the search engines will ignore one of the two, and worst case the algorithm may cause the tags to be parsed wrong. Some systems automatically ignore a default generated header tag if you enter one manually, so you may want to test that first.
Linking to these pages won't help to get them in the SERPs. The robot meta tag is the information which the search engines use to decide if a page should be listed. The only way to lift this is by changing the source code, but for that you have to convince the developers.