Patrick Robinson has found a new home.
The former Saints cornerback has signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Chargers worth $2 million, according to ESPN.
Robinson, a former first-round pick, had a bumpy 2014 season with New Orleans. He started out as the No. 2 cornerback, but was demoted from that role later in the season and admittedly battled confidence issues.
He eventually found a home covering the slot and excelled in that position. Robinson held opposing quarterbacks to a 57.5 rating, according to Pro Football Focus. His mark was the fifth best among cornerbacks who logged 25 percent or more snaps serving in that role last season.
His departure means the Saints will need to locate a new option for nickel packages. Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner project to be the top two outside cornerbacks. Safety Kenny Vaccaro has experience covering the slot and could figure into the mix.
New Orleans also has Delvin Breaux, who was imported from the CFL, 2014 second-round pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Terrence Frederick and Brian Dixon on the roster at cornerback.
Corey White was recently released and claimed by the Dallas Cowboys.
Keenan Lewis’ gamble paid off.
After threatening to be a distraction if he did not receive assurances that he would play out his contract via an Instagram post, the New Orleans Saints recently put ink to a new deal that guarantees $10.45 million of the remaining $13.05 million remaining on his contract.
In an interview with ESPN’s Mike Triplett, Lewis admitted that his approach “probably wasn’t the best way to handle business,” but he also made it clear that his goal wasn’t to obtain more money.
“My biggest goal, I couldn’t leave,” Lewis said. “I have unfinished business in New Orleans. I’ve got kids looking at me, taking the same approach. My goal is to be that role model that helps stop this madness going around.”
Lewis is a native of West Bank. His Keenan Lewis Foundation hosts a youth football camp and is active in the community. His goal is continue to be an inspiration to the youth.
“Kids can see dreams could come true, if you put your mind to it,” Lewis said, stressing that it doesn’t need to be about just athletic success. “My main mission is to believe in Christ, believe in God, and you can do that, too. We don’t need to be out here killing one another.
“I’ve got a couple more years on my mission.”