NFL rumors are swirling around Patrick Robinson. He’s one of the best corner backs available in free agency. While a return to the San Diego Chargers is not off the table, the 28-year-old seems intent on finding a new home in the National Football League. Even with the return of Morris Claiborne, the Dallas Cowboys are in need of an upgrade. According to the Dallas Morning News, Robinson is expected to visit the Cowboys soon to discuss a contract.
Thus far in free agency, the Dallas Cowboys have twice attempted to upgrade their corner back position. The team visited with Nolan Carroll. The 29-year-old stated that it felt weird to visit with the Cowboys because he played against them so often. In the end, he decided to return to the Philadelphia Eagles on a one year deal. Leon Hall also visited Dallas, but the veteran seems most likely to return to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Patrick Robinson becomes the third corner back to be targeted by the Dallas Cowboys. It’s not the first time that the team attempted to sign the former Florida State Seminoles star. The Cowboys tried to lure Robinson last summer as well. However, he opted to sign with the San Diego Chargers instead. The Chargers paid Robinson $2 million, and he rewarded them by starting all 16 games last season.
The Dallas Cowboys haven’t had a lot of luck in free agency this year. Out of all the free agents that they have hosted, only Cedric Thornton has signed a deal. He decided to leave the Philadelphia Eagles because he wanted to be a part of the defensive line rotation for the Cowboys. The rest of the free agents have either signed with another NFL team or are still exploring their options by visiting other teams.
Signing Patrick Robinson won’t solve all of the Dallas Cowboys’ woes at corner back. The Florida native was ranked as the 28th best player at his position. That’s not too shabby, but he’s far from being a shut down corner back in the NFL. The Cowboys are more realistic than that. They know that the top corner backs are off the market now. Dallas also wasn’t interested in paying the kind of money that the New York Giants paid Janoris Jenkins.
If the Dallas Cowboys sign Patrick Robinson, then there’s a very good chance that he will take one of the starting corner back spots. The other is expected to be Orlando Scandrick, who is still recovering from a torn ACL and MCL. If Scandrick is not healthy when the next NFL season starts, then the Cowboys could turn to Brandon Carr or Morris Claiborne, the two players that started at corner back for Dallas last year.
Regardless of what happens with Patrick Robinson, the Dallas Cowboys will more than likely use one of their selections in the upcoming NFL Draft on a corner back. There’s a chance that Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones might even use multiple picks. Corner back is considered one of the top priorities for Dallas, though the team is also searching for a backup quarterback, defensive lineman and linebackers as well.
The signing of Patrick Robinson isn’t going to excite the Dallas Cowboys fan base. The defense still needs to be upgraded if the team wishes to play in the Super Bowl. Fortunately for Jerry Jones, he doesn’t need to worry too much about exciting the fan base this year. Many of them strongly believe that the Cowboys can make the NFL Playoffs simply if starting quarterback Tony Romo can stay healthy for a season.
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