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Saints add to depth in the secondary with signing of Patrick Robinson

15 March 2018, 03:18 | Charlene Valdez

Saints add to depth in the secondary with signing of Patrick Robinson

Feb 4 2018 Minneapolis MN USA Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson celebrates after defeating the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit Kirt Dozier-USA TODAY Sports

It was announced on Wednesday afternoon that the New Orleans Saints are set to sign Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson to a four-year deal with an undisclosed amount, for now.

Robinson, 30, was initially a first-round pick by the Saints in 2010 and played his first five seasons in the National Football League in New Orleans. The fall-through of the negotiations allowed Robinson's former franchise to obtain the starting corner. The deal is worth $20 million, including $10 million in guaranteed money.

Now Robinson will return to New Orleans, the city where it all started. He then spent one year with the Chargers and then the next season with the Indianapolis Colts. He played a pivotal role on the Eagles' pass defense, manning slot corner for the Super Bowl champions. After trading Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers for Philly native Daryl Worley, it became clear that Philly has way too many young, supremely talented cornerbacks on their roster, and locking Robinson to a long-term would effectively block one of their young playmakers from seeing the field. He finished out the year with 38 tackles, and tied his career-high of picks with four interceptions. Now the 30-year-old heads back to a team that revitalized its defense last year and is loading up on reinforcements. Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore made an instant impact and Ken Crawley emerged as a solid starter. Robinson played with the Saints from 2010-2014.

The questions now is whether any of them can cover slot receivers as reliably as Robinson.

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