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Robinson retiring, alongside side to Saints’ CB trouble

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    • Lined Saints for eight years at New Orleans Times-Picayune
    • Previously covered LSU soccer, San Francisco 49ers
    • Iowa native and College of Iowa graduate

METAIRIE, La. — Ragged cornerback Patrick Robinson has determined to retire after 11 seasons, alongside side to the New Orleans Saints‘ pressing need at the pickle.

Robinson, 33, started his career because the Saints’ first-spherical draft soak up 2010 and received a Huge Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles in arguably his career-easiest season in 2017. He also frolicked with the Chargers and Colts between his two stints in New Orleans.

Robinson modified into as soon as in actuality a lead contender to be the Saints’ starting No. 2 cornerback this yr after the crew launched oldschool Janoris Jenkins at some level of the offseason. And coach Sean Payton acknowledged that he did no longer undercover agent Robinson’s resolution coming sooner than they talked for roughly 30 minutes on Tuesday morning.

Now not surprisingly, Payton acknowledged the cornerback pickle is soundless a “must” after he declared it a pickle that they beget to add to at the open of coaching camp.

“We’ll steal working the rosters, and there’ll be a nick-down [that makes other players available around the league]. In the duration in-between, we’re working carefully with the blokes we beget right here,” Payton acknowledged of a cornerback workforce that entails No. 1 starter Marshon Lattimore, newly signed oldschool slot cornerback Brian Poole and outdoors starting contenders Ken Crawley, Prince Amukamara and rookie Paulson Adebo.

As for Robinson, Payton acknowledged, “He’s performed in this league a truly prolonged time. … You already know, he is had a huge career, he is been tremendous with his money, and it’s something that deep down inside of he felt.”

“He felt cosy with his resolution, and positively we respect that. And he’ll web on to his next chapter, and we are going to toddle from there,” Payton acknowledged. “He doesn’t prefer to let anybody down, and he appropriate felt like in his heart it modified into as soon as the actual time, and I respect that.”

Payton acknowledged Robinson modified into as soon as now no longer going by an damage when he determined to retire. Alternatively, injuries did abate his career these days after he re-signed with the Saints in 2018. He uncared for quite so a lot of the 2018 season with a broken ankle and also uncared for four video games at the terminate of the 2020 season with a hamstring damage.

Robinson modified into as soon as as a result of score a $2 million wrong wage in 2021. The Saints will build more than $1 million in wage-cap build as soon as his cap payment is modified by a minimal-wage player. Or now no longer it’s unclear if Robinson’s $600,000 roster bonus will be plagued by his resolution.

Robinson finishes his career with 16 interceptions, 83 passes defensed, 2 compelled fumbles, 2 sacks and 338 tackles in 123 video games in the frequent season, with 62 begins. He also looked in eight career playoff video games with one interception — which he returned 50 yards for a touchdown at some level of the Eagles’ Huge Bowl bustle.

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