The New Orleans Saints will have some tough decisions to make this summer as to who to cut and who to keep. One veteran who could find himself on the outside looking in is cornerback Patrick Robinson.
Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports penned an article listing five veterans who might be on the chopping block after their teams’ respective drafts. One member of the Saints made Trapasso’s list and by now, you know that it’s Patrick Robinson. Trapasso said that third-round pick Paulson Adebo could be Robinson’s potential replacement and offered this analysis:
"Is a $2M saving significant? For most teams, no, it’s not. For the Saints, the club with the least amount of cap space in football in 2021 and the fourth-lowest amount in 2022, it means more. Every dollar counts.Robinson’s situation likely precipitated the third-round selection of Adebo. The Stanford star opted out of the 2020 campaign, but his two years in Palo Alto popped — eight interceptions and 27 pass breakups. While a tick stiff, Adebo has light feet and plays with tremendous instincts and ball skills."
The Saints might be forced to part ways with Patrick Robinson.
Robinson has been in the league for 11 years now and has spent eight of those years in New Orleans with the Saints. He spent three years away from the team while playing for the Chargers, Colts, and Eagles before returning in 2018 and continuing to be a valuable player for the team that originally drafted him in the first round back in 2010.
As Trapasso mentioned above, part of cutting Robinson would be because the team drafted Adebo in the third round but another reason is that the Saints are trying to save money wherever they can. He mentioned that $2 million isn’t a crazy amount of money but for the Saints, every penny counts at this point.
Adebo is someone the Saints clearly think could be a factor in their secondary and if he impresses this summer, Robinson might find himself searching for a new team prior to the 2021 kickoff.
Fans would be bummed if this were to happen due to how long Robinson has been with the team but football is a business and if cutting Robinson is the best move for the franchise moving forward, then it might just have to happen.