The Indianapolis Colts announced tonight that they have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Patrick Robinson.
Robinson was visiting with the Colts today after nearly signing a deal with the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. The Colts have developed a reputation in recent years as being good closers when free agents are in visiting, and it seems to have paid off once again. The Colts sat out the early wave of free agency primarily due to financial reasons, so this is their biggest and most notable signing yet - and it comes at a big position of need.
The Colts have Vontae Davis as their number one corner, but with Greg Toler struggling in recent years and not re-signed, the Colts needed corner help. Darius Butler is solid in the slot, while D'Joun Smith is talented but unproven. One of the biggest questions with the signing of Robinson is where he will play. The Colts could really use him on the outside, but Robinson has played a lot in the slot as well. The Colts likely will try to figure out where to play their corners as the offseason goes on and training camp approaches, but without a doubt Patrick Robinson provides a big boost to the cornerback position. As of right now, it seems that Robinson will be projected as the number two corner and is likely to start opposite of Davis.
Robinson, a 28-year old corner, was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Florida State. He spent five seasons in New Orleans (2010-2014), and then last year was with the San Diego Chargers. In his career, Robinson has played in 74 games and has started 43 of them, recording 229 tackles, a sack, 54 passes defensed, eleven interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), and two forced fumbles.
This is a good signing for the Colts, as it gives them another capable and veteran cornerback to pair alongside Vontae Davis. The Colts waited a while to get involved in free agency, but at this point in the process Robinson is as good of a player as you're going to find and should help the Colts at an area of need.