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Crusader 03-04-2016 05:16 PM

Saints will let RB Khiry Robinson hit free agent market
 
The New Orleans Saints are not expected to make a contract tender to restricted free agent running back Khiry Robinson according to a league source, which will allow Robinson to hit the open market.

Robinson, 26, remains open to returning to New Orleans according to the source, depending on how things shake out. The Saints needed to offer Robinson a one-year deal worth at least $1.67 million to maintain their right to match any other offer he got.

The Saintsí decision is a bit surprising, since Robinson has shown so much potential the past three years as a backup. But they have several other options, including Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller, Marcus Murphy and unrestricted free agents Tim Hightower and Travaris Cadet.

This makes it seem even more likely the Saints will try to bring back Hightower, who was tremendous during the final month of last season. And they donít really have room for both Hightower and Robinson, especially considering they have much greater needs at other positions and precious little salary-cap space.

That being said, I wouldnít be surprised if Robinson thrives elsewhere and make the Saints regret letting him go. The same thing happened with Chris Ivory, whom they traded to the Jets in 2013.

Robinson finished last season on injured reserve with a fractured tibia that he suffered in November, but is expected to make a full recovery.

He came out of nowhere as an undrafted rookie out of West Texas A&M in 2013. No team even signed him after the draft. He joined the Saints after a three-day tryout at their rookie minicamp.

Robinson emerged late in that rookie season, however, with Saints coach Sean Paytonís mentor Bill Parcells even comparing him to Curtis Martin. Robinson had a total of 766 yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons.

He did have off-the-field issues last year. Sources confirmed to ESPN that Robinson was fined by the team for striking an intern during training camp. Pro Football Talk reported Robinson struck the intern after a dispute about whether Robinson owed the intern money for driving him on an errand.

The Saints have three other restricted free agents: guards Tim Lelito and Senio Kelemete, and tight end Josh Hill. Itís possible all three of them could be retained -- especially Lelito, who figures to be one of the teamís starting guards this year.

The minimum RFA tender is $1.67 million, which would come with no draft-pick compensation. Or the Saints could offer $2.55 million to require other teams to give up a second-round pick if they sign the player and the Saints donít match.

New Orleans Saints will let RB Khiry Robinson hit free agent market - New Orleans Saints Blog- ESPN

WhoDat!656 03-04-2016 05:20 PM

Re: Saints will let RB Khiry Robinson hit free agent market
 
I liked The Tusk, but I don't think the Saints regretted letting him go; the same could be said of Sproles.

I personally believe the Saints will keep, Ingram, Spiller and Hightower; Robinson also if they can reach a cap-friendly deal.

SmashMouth 03-04-2016 05:26 PM

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Run.... Khiry... RUN!

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hagan714 03-04-2016 05:37 PM

Re: Saints will let RB Khiry Robinson hit free agent market
 
Robinson a one-year deal worth at least $1.67 million?

He can be replaced in a heart beat. I never really under stood all the love for the guy. After year one all the hype was gone for me. I like the heart the kid has but that only gets you so far in the NFL.

Ingram is another I like but this annual whirl pool vacation has me wanting the saints to seriously look to replace him. 2017 he is contract makes him cap causality bait. Start looking for other RB with the idea of reducing Ingrams load so he actual can play 18 games.

Resign Hightower if we can. He looks to be a solid stop gap measure while looking for younger, healthier and more talented blood.

So bye bye Robinson. Good luck and thanks for the effort

Danno 03-04-2016 05:39 PM

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Dime a dozen

halloween 65 03-04-2016 06:43 PM

Re: Saints will let RB Khiry Robinson hit free agent market
 
I would keep Robinson over Cadet. I also think if he got more carries he could produce better.

K Major 03-04-2016 06:53 PM

Re: Saints will let RB Khiry Robinson hit free agent market
 
He could be back in NO ... just not at the 1.6M price tag. That's a lot of dough for a guy coming off a serious injury.

Beastmode 03-04-2016 07:31 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Danno (Post 694562)
Dime a dozen


That's the only think I think of when I hear RB's.

saintfan 03-04-2016 09:46 PM

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Here or elsewhere I'll pull for the guy. He plays with heart.

st thomas 03-04-2016 11:24 PM

Re: Saints will let RB Khiry Robinson hit free agent market
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SmashMouth (Post 694555)

please dim them headlights .:-P:-P:-P


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