The Indianapolis Colts today announced that they have released cornerback Patrick Robinson after one season with the team.
Robinson was signed as a free agent last offseason to start opposite of Vontae Davis, but things didn’t go as planned for the Colts and Robinson. He wound up playing in just seven games and starting six of them, recording 26 tackles, five passes defensed, and a forced fumble. The move saves the Colts $2.5 million in cap space. Robinson struggled last season, missing a lot of time with injury but also not playing that well when he was on the field, either. Whether fans expected him to be cut or not, I think all were in agreement that the Colts needed to try to replace him this offseason.
With new general manager Chris Ballard coming to town, it was clear that things would be changing with the Colts, and that has proven true. D’Qwell Jackson was cut and some players weren’t re-signed (like Mike Adams), and now Patrick Robinson has been cut.
The Colts already needed to address the cornerback position this offseason, and now it becomes an even bigger need. They have Rashaan Melvin in-house already, but they’re thin at the position and could use another starter to play opposite of Davis. Whether they target the position in free agency, a trade, the draft, or some combination of the three remains to be seen - but especially with Davis entering the final year of his contract, this is an important position to address for the Colts this offseason.
In his seven-year career, Robinson has played in 81 games and started 49 of them during stints with the New Orleans Saints (2010-2014), the San Diego Chargers (2015), and the Indianapolis Colts (2016). He has recorded 255 tackles, a sack, three forced fumbles, 59 passes defensed, and ten interceptions (one returned for a touchdown).