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With free agency right around the corner and with Antonio Cromartie’s recent release, there is a vacancy that needs to be filled opposite of Darrelle Revis. Internally, Marcus Williams may be able to handle the role but if the Jets look externally. there could be a few affordable options.
A player that is worth a look into, at least for the short term would be six year veteran defensive back, Patrick Robinson, formally of the San Diego Chargers. After being drafted to New Orleans in 2010, Robinson had three competent seasons, totaling seven interceptions before being benched in 2013. The former first round pick came back and finished strong in his previous two seasons.
Robinson, who is only 28 years old, would not break the bank if he were pursued. Ideally, he could be signed for $1-2 million per year while they could look into a long term option in the following years. It is hard to say how much the Jets would be willing to spend on a DB because Marcus Williams, Dee Milliner, Dexter McDougle and Buster Skrine are still on the roster
When talking about the number two corner spot said “it’s open right now … its an open competition. We’ll see who wins it out.” Williams, had a strong year for only starting three games, playing in 13 and ending up with a team leading six interceptions. Skrine, undersized compared to the rest but not shy from contact, racked up 50 solo tackles and played physically all year. He will most likely keep his role at slot corner.
The injury plagued 2013 first round pick Milliner, might have a chance to revive his career with the opening but it is hard to count on him at this point. If Milliner wants the starting role, he is going to have to earn and work to stay healthy which we know is a perpetual difficulty for him.
Signing Robinson would be a nice addition for security and depth purposes. This defense has far too much talent to be taking a chance depth-wise at a critical position. The Florida State alum has the size, strength and athleticism to play opposite of the Revis. He has flashed great ball skills. The more DBs the better,helping make sure the deserving player earns the right to be out there on opening day.
Robinson played in all 16 games for the Chargers last season, finishing with 43 tackles, 1 interception and 8 passes defensed. Pro Football Focus tabbed him as one of the league’s top best value free agent signings last season.
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