Patrick Robinson is a hot commodity on the free agent market according to a key ESPN reporter
Patrick Robinson is probably the most underrated cornerback remaining on the free agent market. However, NFL teams are not underrating him.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Wednesday that Robinson is garnering a ton of interest from many different NFL franchises.
Robinson was the final pick of the first-round in the 2010 NFL draft–the one immediately following the Saints’ first and only Super Bowl championship. The 5’11” cornerback played his college ball at Florida State after starring in the Miami area in high school.
So the Dolphins would make some sense for Robinson, if he desires to return home. But he could also return to New Orleans, where last season he was statistically the best Saints cornerback, according to Pro Football Focus’ yards per coverage snap metric.
That isn’t necessarily a whole lot given how terrible the Saints defense was for much of the 2014 season. But it’s something that should be considered, as at least five teams are interested in Robinson, including New Orleans.
The Saints hosted free agent cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Brandon Browner in the first two days of free agency, though neither had reached an agreement as of the time of this report on Thursday. Robinson would seem to be alternative plan should they not reach an agreement with at least one of those two players.
Though given the Saints’ secondary issues in recent seasons, Mickey Loomis and the Saints’ front office may just be prioritizing bodies and competition at the position, and may the best man win.
The Saints are also hosting free agent running back C.J. Spiller on Thursday.
Robinson has missed significant portions of two separate seasons in his first five years in the league. He was hurt near the end of his rookie season in 2010 and missed the final five games of the season.
He played in just two games in 2013 after sustaining a patella injury in Tampa Bay in Week 2. Robinson, though, showed no signs of wear in returning to the lineup in 2014.
As for the Panthers’ interest, it may be a case of them wanting to weaken a division rival. The Vikings are simply looking to improve their talent base in Mike Zimmer’s second season as head coach.
The wild card to watch may be the Pittsburgh Steelers who lost probably the most underrated cornerback in free agency Brice McCain, who joined the Miami Dolphins Wednesday.
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