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Former Colts Cornerback Patrick Robinson Signs With Eagles

Intro: Patrick Robinson, who spent the 2016 season as the Indianapolis Colts’ No. 2 cornerback, on Tuesday signed a reported one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.


INDIANAPOLIS — After an injury-plagued first, and only, season in Indianapolis, Patrick Robinson has found a new home.

The cornerback on Tuesday signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

After putting together a career year with the San Diego Chargers in 2015, the Colts signed Robinson to a three-year contract last offseason as one of the team's primary free agency additions, hoping he could help create a formidable cornerback duo with Vontae Davis.

Robinson would put together a fine offseason program for the Colts, but he began to really be affected by the injury bug in training camp, and never really got 100 percent healthy from there.

He would suffer a concussion in the team's opening game of the regular season against the Detroit Lions, and would not return until Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. Then, after playing five of the next six games, Robinson suffered a groin injury Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans.

Though he would play every snap just four days later against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving Night, Robinson then re-aggravated that groin injury, and he was placed on injured reserve, ending his season, on Dec. 13.

In all, Robinson played in seven games with six starts for the Colts in 2016, collecting 26 tackles with five passes defensed.

Robinson — a first-round (32nd-overall) pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 NFL Draft — was then released by the Colts on March 10, a day after the start of free agency.

Outside of Davis, the Colts currently have several cornerbacks — a mix of veterans and youngsters — that can compete for Robinson's spot this offseason, including Charles James II, Rashaan Melvin, Christopher Milton, Tevin Mitchel, Darryl Morris, Larry Scott and Frankie Williams.

Colts Owner Jim Irsay, speaking at Monday’s annual League Meetings in Phoenix, also listed cornerback among the team's primary needs in this year's NFL Draft. Several cornerback prospects have been linked to the Colts and their No. 15-overall pick in various experts' mock drafts so far this offseason.

Indianapolis also will see the return of veteran Darius Butler, who re-signed with the team on March 17, in 2017, although it appears Butler will be making the switch to play safety full-time for defensive coordinator Ted Monachino.

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