Report: Eagles trying to retain Patrick Robinson

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The Eagles made a pending acquisition at cornerback last week when they agreed to send wide receiver Torrey Smith to the Panthers for cornerback Daryl Worley in a trade that can become official on Wednesday.

The deal will save the Eagles a good chunk of money and it also appeared to give them insurance against the departure of Patrick Robinson. The veteran corner played on a one-year deal in 2017, so the Eagles faced the prospect of losing him this offseason but they are reportedly working to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the team is working to re-sign Robinson and that the “expectation” is that they will get something done before the legal tampering window opens. The Eagles will likely have to do some maneuvering elsewhere before that becomes official as they’re currently over the $177.2 million salary cap for the 2018 season, but the Smith trade and expected departure of defensive end Vinny Curry will help on that front.

Robinson had 47 tackles, four interceptions and a sack in the regular season and returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game. Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Rasul Douglas and 2017 second-round pick Sidney Jones are also on hand at corner in Philadelphia.

36 responses to “Report: Eagles trying to retain Patrick Robinson

  1. they will trade ronald darby, thus obtaining a draft pick and making room for robinson in a crowded cornerback room. all the current corners are outside corners and robinson did a great job in the slot this past season..

  2. The Eagles, Texans and Rams will be very good until they have to pay Wentz, Watson and Goff, then like every other team it will be very difficult to keep the band together. This is not a knock on the those teams its just the way todays NFL is.

  3. I just don’t understand that one. They have a lot of really good young cornerbacks so you would think they’d let him go.

  4. I don’t think Worley is insurance for Robinson because Worley’s not athletic enough to play slot corner. It’s more likely he’s insurance for Darby if we trade him.

    Hope the Birds get something done with Robinson.

  5. four interceptions. That is about the same number that Richard Charmin got in some recent years and he still got named to the pro bowl. It looks like they are not going to trade Nick Foles yet because they cannot afford the risk of losing him but not having Carson Wentz healthy enough to open the season. I doubt that they can keep Patrick Robinson if he had that kind of numbers.

  6. thefirstsmilergrogan says:

    March 12, 2018 at 8:03 am

    they will trade ronald darby, thus obtaining a draft pick and making room for robinson in a crowded cornerback room. all the current corners are outside corners and robinson did a great job in the slot this past season..

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    Theyre going to trade a starting CB on a rookie contract? That they just traded to get? I can guarantee you this…there is no reason to trade Darby. Sidney Jones is an unknown. Jalen Mills is ok, but he is also due a paycheck after this season. And I have a feeling he thinks it will be a massive paycheck, and wont be back. So you keep Darby as long as you can, especially under that rookie deal.

  7. I’d really rather them try to retain Bradham. But PRob was an important D guy too, once he moved into the slot cb role.
    go get ’em Howie/JoeD!

  8. thefirstsmilergrogan says:
    March 12, 2018 at 8:03 am
    they will trade ronald darby, thus obtaining a draft pick and making room for robinson in a crowded cornerback room. all the current corners are outside corners and robinson did a great job in the slot this past season..

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    I would question that move. He will be 31 and command a significant pay raise from last year. Giving a significant contract to an aging vet is suicide in the cap era. Ronald Darby is 24 and was your #1 corner during a superbowl year. Darby only get’s better, Robinson only get’s worse next year.

    Trying to keep the band together is what kills successful teams. Thank Robinson for his contributions and wish him well. The Eagles have a bevy of young, talented, experienced and most of all CHEAP corner backs.

  9. We all trust Howie in Philly..Trading Darby makes sense if you know you’ll lose him next year ( all the talk radio is saying Darby will be traded). Wentz is going to get paid next yr and if they keep Jason Peters this year ( it makes sense to because his cap hit isn’t so different if they cut him with dead cap money) Then Peters retires next year freeing up close to 11 million and they will need all that for Wentz and they’ll lose Darby anyway.
    Vinny Curry will be traded or cut. Darby will be traded. Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson and Malcolm Jenkins all will restructure for more guaranteed money and a lower cap figure and yes, Howie the great WILL sign one big free Agent and bring back Nigel to keep the LB Corp intact.

  10. I have to disagree with whomever said Jalen Mills is ok…did you watch the same Super Bowl I did? Tom Brady torched Mills over and over again! Mills often left his receiver wide open! It was the most frustrating thing to watch! Mills isn’t ready for prime time, which is why retaining Robinson is important.

  11. I don’t get the love for Darby. He was touted as a cover corner when we acquired him, but I am still waiting to see it. He lines up off the line by 5 to ten yards and gives up the short routes constantly. I know Tom Brady is good, but there is a reason we gave up 500+ yards in the Super Bowl. Cap wise Darby may make sense, but skill wise…meh. I hope he is gone. Honestly, I liked the way Rasul Douglas played. We need to keep Robinson.

  12. rkt4mayor says:

    March 12, 2018 at 9:08 am

    I have to disagree with whomever said Jalen Mills is ok…did you watch the same Super Bowl I did? Tom Brady torched Mills over and over again! Mills often left his receiver wide open! It was the most frustrating thing to watch! Mills isn’t ready for prime time, which is why retaining Robinson is important

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    Disagree all you like. I watched him all season. And I also know that Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas want that playing time too.

    If you knew what you were talking about, you would know that Robinson plays inside, and Mills plays outside. Mills is not a slot corner, and never will be. Its like comparing a MIKE to a WILL. Different position man.

  13. cruester says:
    March 12, 2018 at 9:21 am
    I don’t get the love for Darby. He was touted as a cover corner when we acquired him, but I am still waiting to see it. He lines up off the line by 5 to ten yards and gives up the short routes constantly. I know Tom Brady is good, but there is a reason we gave up 500+ yards in the Super Bowl. Cap wise Darby may make sense, but skill wise…meh. I hope he is gone. Honestly, I liked the way Rasul Douglas played. We need to keep Robinson.

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    Darby was ProFootballFocus’s #23 CB for 2017, at the age of 23! Not elite but very good and very young. If you want to go by the Superbowl everyone sucked regarding pass defense on both teams.

    Robinson is at the age where most CB’s skills start to decline, while Darby is still on the upswing. Also, Robinson is looking to cash in this year while Darby is looking to cash in next year.

    I understand wanting him because he had an excellent year for the Eagles but his age and salary demands make that unlikely. Even without signing him the Eagles will probably need to trade a CB.

  14. SBLIIChampionEagles says:
    March 12, 2018 at 9:28 am
    Disagree all you like. I watched him all season. And I also know that Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas want that playing time too.

    If you knew what you were talking about, you would know that Robinson plays inside, and Mills plays outside. Mills is not a slot corner, and never will be. Its like comparing a MIKE to a WILL. Different position man.
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    As much as I hate to disagree with a fellow Eagles fan, you’re simply incorrect about Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson. Did you know that prior to last season Robinson had never been a slot corner? Obviously you didn’t. Also, Jalen Mills is susceptible to the double move and #15 of the Patriots was making him go Ole the whole game! How can you claim you watched him all season and claim he is a competent starting corner at this time?

  15. Something’s gotta give. Not all will be back. Maybe Worley will be in Corey Graham’s role, hybrid CB/safety/LB. Graham a FA at age 32. As far as Bradham – want him back. But Hicks will be back at LB. Just can’t count on him with his injury history (missed 1/2 season in ’15 and in ’17). Definitely need to draft LB with Hicks’ contract in his last year and Kendricks contract up in 2019 and at a hefty amount ($5.8m this year, $6.8m next season).

  16. Need a vet back there (and in the DB room) with all these kids. Great if they can keep him. And if anybody can make this happen it’s Howie!

  17. kfoyo808 says:
    March 12, 2018 at 10:27 am
    Something’s gotta give. Not all will be back. Maybe Worley will be in Corey Graham’s role, hybrid CB/safety/LB. Graham a FA at age 32. As far as Bradham – want him back. But Hicks will be back at LB. Just can’t count on him with his injury history (missed 1/2 season in ’15 and in ’17). Definitely need to draft LB with Hicks’ contract in his last year and Kendricks contract up in 2019 and at a hefty amount ($5.8m this year, $6.8m next season).
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    The Eagles need to get Chip Kelly’s smoothie recipe. The magical elixir that heals bad knees…or so he claimed…

  18. If they let Robinson go they will get a compensatory pick for him next year plus he gets a lot of concussions. Mills is more quick than fast so he could play the slot and be great at it plus all of the young cornerbacks will play a lot cheaper than what you have to give Robinson to keep him. If one of the young cornerbacks when their contract is up costs too much you let him go and get more compensatory draft picks.

  19. As for the salary cap this issue is highly overrated! The Eagles and all teams can maneuver contracts, bonuses etc. to easily get under the cap especially when the cap keeps going up. There must be a deal in place for a cornerback to be traded by The Eagles and everything points to Darby. He could be part of a bigger trade and that is a hint!

  20. It should be a busy week for Howie Roseman and the Eagles. I feel that they will keep all of their free agents that they want to keep…..even if it means releasing or restructuring other players.

  21. “It was the most frustrating thing to watch! Mills isn’t ready for prime time, which is why retaining Robinson is important.”

    Mills was ready for prime time against Atlanta. If not for his play on Julio Jones at the end of the game, the Super Bowl would have never happened.

  22. RogerGoodellGropedMe says:
    March 12, 2018 at 11:15 am
    Darby got torched in the Super Bowl. Let him go….
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    Think you’re confusing Darby with number 31 which is Jalen Mills.

  23. I doubt Mills goes anywhere… it’s clear Schwartz and the coaching staff love this kid. Started as a 7th round pick rookie, got better last year. Is he great? No. Does he bite on double moves still? Yes. But just cause he’s not great, it could still be argued he was their best CB last year. He is going into his third year of a 7th round pick rookie and has started 20 plus games. With that value and experience with a team up against the cap the next couple years, I just can’t see Mills going anywhere for the time being.

  24. seahawks80 says:
    March 12, 2018 at 8:20 am
    The Eagles, Texans and Rams will be very good until they have to pay Wentz, Watson and Goff, then like every other team it will be very difficult to keep the band together. This is not a knock on the those teams its just the way todays NFL is.
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    I’m an Eagles fan, but you’re absolutely right. That’s why it’s SO important to take advantage of this time and build a winning tradition so that players will want to come to play with you at less than market value. It also helps to have an unselfish QB who is willing to routinely restructure his deal for the sake of the team (ie Tom Brady). As an Eagles fan, I would hope that Carson Wentz would be that type of guy, but we’ll see.

  25. Dolphins4, if you read the article you’ll understand, he’s the only one of the group that is a slot corner, I’d bet if they thought they had a slot guy under contract, this deal doesn’t get done

  26. Excellent points have been made for every possible angle to resolve the situation but they have no corner as good as Robinson despite some claims that he’s too old to keep playing at this level. Nor do they have another slot corner, throwing Mills Into the Fire hoping he can play the slot is not a good formula for winning in 2018. After the summer, it’ll be much clearer where this defensive backfield ends up. I’d also say that Darby had a tough season coming to a new team and then being injured half the season. Because of his speed, it’s hard to dump him this early in the process. If how he thinks they need to move a corner, it may come down to who somebody actually has interest in rather than who the Eagles thing should go, if they could parlay Worley into a rd3 or rd4 pick after getting him for almost nothing, that would be the ideal.

  27. Also, Gettleman had Worley in Carolina, who is now running the Giants who likely need corners even if Eli Apple stays… if he likes Worley, NY will be interested.

  28. cruester says:
    “I don’t get the love for Darby. He was touted as a cover corner when we acquired him, but I am still waiting to see it. He lines up off the line by 5 to ten yards and gives up the short routes constantly. I know Tom Brady is good, but there is a reason we gave up 500+ yards in the Super Bowl. Cap wise Darby may make sense, but skill wise…meh. I hope he is gone. Honestly, I liked the way Rasul Douglas played. We need to keep Robinson.”

    ^^ THIS ^^

    I want to see more of Rasul too! He did pretty well for a rook when he was called into action once Darby went out with the ankle. Freaking kid was a BALL HAWK @ WVU, like 9 INTs or near that in college!
    I’d rahter see him then Jalen OR Darby!!

    I hope Howie/Joe and mainly Gym Shorts feels that way too! Let Rasul start TC on the 1st team!! PLEASE~!

  29. rkt4mayor says:

    March 12, 2018 at 10:08 am

    SBLIIChampionEagles says:
    March 12, 2018 at 9:28 am
    Disagree all you like. I watched him all season. And I also know that Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas want that playing time too.

    If you knew what you were talking about, you would know that Robinson plays inside, and Mills plays outside. Mills is not a slot corner, and never will be. Its like comparing a MIKE to a WILL. Different position man.
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    As much as I hate to disagree with a fellow Eagles fan, you’re simply incorrect about Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson. Did you know that prior to last season Robinson had never been a slot corner? Obviously you didn’t. Also, Jalen Mills is susceptible to the double move and #15 of the Patriots was making him go Ole the whole game! How can you claim you watched him all season and claim he is a competent starting corner at this time?

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    Im well aware that Robinson was an outside corner his entire career. I am also aware that he played outside this season when Darby and Mills were both out of action. They rotated Douglas and Robinson in. I am a football fan, so I watch more than just Eagles games, unlike a lot of other fans on this site.

    As he ages, his skillset has suited him more to the slot role. He is a slot corner. Agree or disagree, he does not have the speed anymore to cover go routes from 23 year old kids running a 4.35

    He is the only slot corner on the roster. End of story. If you disagree with that, youre just flat out wrong.

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