Patrick Robinson returns to Saints with 4-year deal

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Robinson and the Saints have agreed to terms on a 4 year, $20 million deal with $10 million guaranteed and a $5 million signing bonus according to a league source.

In New Orleans, Robinson can still compete for a title with a team that has a legitimate shot to contend.

With that, Robinson reunites with the franchise that drafted him in the first round out of Florida State back in 2010. In 2015, they let Robinson go in free agency, following several years of uneven production.

Robinson had one of his best seasons yet in 2017, recording four interceptions and 18 passes defended.

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The transaction came by surprise, considering that the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles were working towards a new contract for the veteran defensive back. After trading Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers for Philly native Daryl Worley, it became clear that Philly has way too many young, supremely talented cornerbacks on their roster, and locking Robinson to a long-term would effectively block one of their young playmakers from seeing the field. Robinson heads to another solid defense who could use his services in the nickel, where he thrived with the Eagles.

The Saints' defense experienced a quick turnaround last season.

With Darby immediately lining up on the outside, Robinson found a home lining up over the slot.

Though they missed out on tight end Jimmy Graham, the New Orleans Saints are committing to a reunion with another former player.