Report: New Orleans Saints sign linebacker Craig Robertson
The New Orleans Saints have signed free agent linebacker Craig Robertson, according to The Advocate.
Craig Robertson visited with the New Orleans Saints last week. Despite just having $1.3 million in cap space even without the deals for James Laurinaitis and Jamarca Sanford on the books, it appears the Saints were still able to strike a deal. Head coach Sean Payton talked about the signing on the radio Tuesday evening, but according to Mike Triplett, they are still working on a deal.
UPDATE: The Saints announce they have signed Craig Robertson to a three-year deal.
After spending his rookie season on the Browns’ practice squad (undrafted in 2011), Craig Robertson was signed by Cleveland to a futures deal, eventually leading to a spot on the 53-man roster in time for the start of the 2012 season.
The New Orleans Saints already said they were hoping to sign a veteran inside linebacker this offseason — they did that with James Laurinaitis and now add depth with Robertson. In four seasons with the Browns, he tallied 336 combined tackles, four sacks, 15 passes defended, six interceptions, and two forced fumbled.
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Going from nothing to something, Craig Robertson has been a major contributor for Cleveland’s defense. He’s a good, affordable buy for the Saints as a depth presence.
With limited cap room and no extension for quarterback Drew Brees yet, the New Orleans Saints will be limited to shopping in the ‘bargain bin.’ They have no other choice now with most of the bigger names gone. That makes three linebackers for the Saints in free agency (Robertson, Laurinaitis, Nate Stupar.