P-Rob Returning?

Posted: March 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | No Comments »

Patrick Robinson had a breakout year in 2017. That was the good news. He signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. That was the bad news. Most people expected Robinson to go for money in free agency by shopping himself.

That might not be the case.


That would be great news. It is hard to find a good slot corner. The Eagles are loaded with guys on the outside, but don’t have a good slot. Bringing back Robinson would take care of that and help to solidify the defense.

This isn’t a no-brainer. Robinson was a 1st round pick back in 2010, but he’s been wildly inconsistent in his career. He’s going to turn 31 this summer. He’s only played 16 games in a season three times in his career. Those are legitimate issues.

At the same time, Robinson seemed to find a home in 2017. He was on some dysfunctional teams in the past. Maybe coming to an organization with good coaching and the right overall environment just allowed him to play up to his potential.

Robinson was terrific in 2017. He had 4 INTs, 18 pass break-ups, and even added a sack. He made one of the signature plays of the year when he picked off Case Keenum in the NFC title game and returned it for a TD. In fact, he scored the same number of TDs in the NFC-CG as the whole Vikings team. Crazy.

The big question here is what kind of deal Robinson is getting. He was expected to get a decent contract, with some teams having so much money to spend and there being such a weak class of free agents. The Eagles couldn’t afford to pay him big. Maybe Robinson’s agent talked to teams in Indy and found out the market wasn’t going to be great. If so, Robinson might have decided to stay put and to play for a team he knew and liked.

He won’t be cheap. Robinson has been in the league awhile, but hasn’t ever had a major payday. You know he wants a fair deal. Howie is usually very good at knowing how to structure contracts so I’m going to trust that he does a good job with this.

The return of Robinson means the Eagles are really deep at CB. It almost guarantees that someone else goes. Ronald Darby is the one who makes sense. You can bet Howie is working the phones hard to see if he can make a deal with someone. That would let the Eagles start Sidney Jones and Jalen Mills outside, with P-Rob in the slot. Rasul Douglas and Daryl Worley would give the team a pair of good backup CBs. That would be a very impressive group.


I don’t expect the Eagles to be talking to a lot of free agents today. They are more likely to be bargain shoppers than going after the big name guys.

The value for the Eagles might be having other teams talk to their players. Maybe Beau Allen gets the sense he’s not going to get a starting job somewhere else. That might make him consider coming back to Philly.

There could be some interesting news and rumors in the next 48 or so hours.

Stay tuned.