Entering the free agency period, the Eagles made it clear that cornerback Patrick Robinson was a player they wanted to bring back. After finishing his rookie contract, he bounced around until landing with the Eagles where he became a key part of their championship season.
ESPN's Dan Graziano reported Robinson's deal with New Orleans is worth $20 million, half of which is guaranteed.
Now Robinson will return to New Orleans, the city where it all started. He spent just one year each with the Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts, before joining the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. He played all 16 games and recorded a career-high-tying four interceptions to help the Eagles win the Super Bowl. If he were to sign with the Pats, then Eric Rowe would presumably be pegged as the No. 2 outside corner next to Stephon Gilmore with Robinson manning the inside. Robinson heads to another solid defense who could use his services in the nickel, where he thrived with the Eagles.
Between Worley, Mills, Douglas, Ronald Darby and potential game changer Sidney Jones, the Eagles are going to have a serious battle for their three starting corner spots going into 2018, and retaining Robinson long-term would have been incredibly shortsighted, even after he played incredibly well in 2017.
The Saints' defense experienced a quick turnaround last season.
Robinson has experience playing on both the outside and slot, giving defensive coordinator Dennis Allen more versatility in his secondary.