Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson retires

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Patrick Robinson
(Photo: Parker Waters)

Patrick Robinson’s second stint with the Saints is over. So is his NFL career.

The veteran cornerback has decided to retire after 11 seasons, his agent told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The Saints placed Robinson on the reserve/retired list later in the day.

“He didn’t want to let anyone down, and he felt like in his heart it was that time,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said after practice.

Robinson’s career included 16 interceptions and 83 pass breakups.

Set to turn 34 next month, Robinson was in line to start opposite Marshon Lattimore while free agent help or new blood via trade were expected to bolster the cornerback position but the former Saints first round pick out of Florida State is just another veteran presence the team must figure out a way to replace. The retirement frees up some salary to help in that pursuit.

Payton acknowledged the need to add help at the cornerback position.

Robinson played his five NFL seasons in New Orleans as mostly a disappointment bouncing around the league. He played a year for the Chargers, one with the Colts and finally a highly successful 2017 campaign with the Eagles where he earned a Super Bowl ring as a slot corner. Although injuries has kept him off the field more than preferred following his return to New Orleans as a free agent signing in 2018, Robinson has been a steady performer when available.

While the boundary cornerback spot is thin until reinforcements arrive, the July signing of Brian Poole gives the Saints capable depth behind CJ Gardner Johnson at the slot/nickel position.

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