The Saints have held preliminary contract discussions with cornerback Patrick Robinson and there is “mutual interest” in reaching an agreement, according to a source.

Robinson, a former first-round pick, is set to reach free agency. If a deal is not reached, the cornerback will be free to sign with another team when the league year begins on March 10.

Robinson served in various capacities last season before settling into the slot, where he held opposing quarterbacks to a 57.5 quarterback rating, according to Pro Football Focus. If he is brought back, the Saints would likely eye him for a similar role next season.

Robinson finished last season with 39 tackles and two interceptions.

During an interview at the scouting combine, coach Sean Payton listed cornerback as one of the team’s biggest offseason needs. The Saints recently signed Delvin Breaux out of the CFL and will likely look for additional help either through the draft or free agency.