New Orleans Saints complete trade with Houston Texans for CB Bradley Roby, sources say

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The Texans are trading cornerback Bradley Roby to the Saints (Twitter link via NFL.com's Ian Rapoport). The Texans will receive a 2022 third-round pick and a conditional 2023 choice in the swap (Twitter link via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com). profootballrumors.comTexans Trade Bradley Roby To Saints

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The New Orleans Saints completed their trade for cornerback Bradley Roby on Thursday, sending a 2022 third-round draft pick and a 2023 conditional sixth-round pick to the Houston Texans.

To facilitate the trade, the Texans converted $7.6 million of Roby's base salary into a signing bonus, a source told ESPN's Field Yates. Roby's base salary for 2021 is now $1,862,645, which fits into the Saints' salary-cap space.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said Thursday he feels like the Saints "just added another piece to the puzzle."

"You can never have enough good cornerbacks, which are hard to find in our league," Allen said. "I like his size, speed, length, athleticism, he's really smart. And I think he's gonna fit in much like Jackrabbit did [when the Saints acquired cornerback Janoris Jenkins in a late-season trade in 2019]."

Allen also said that he likes the fact that Roby comes from a "really good pedigree" and that the Saints have had a lot of success with defensive backs from Ohio State in the past -- including current cornerback Marshon Lattimore, current safety Malcolm Jenkins and former defensive backs like Vonn Bell and Eli Apple.

Roby was a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2014. He spent the past two years in Houston and has started 49 career games with 10 interceptions.

Roby, 29, is entering the second year of a three-year, $31.5 million extension that he signed with the Texans last year. He will miss the first game of the season, however, as part of a six-game suspension that began in 2020 for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The Saints have identified cornerback as a "must-fill" position ever since they released former starter Jenkins in March as part of a massive salary-cap purge and then lost one potential starting contender, Patrick Robinson, to a surprise retirement early in training camp. They even attempted to trade up nearly 20 spots in the NFL draft to land top prospects Jaycee Horn or Pat Surtain II.

New Orleans signed veteran Desmond Trufant on Monday to compete with Ken Crawley and rookie Paulson Adebo for the No. 2 starting cornerback job across from Pro Bowler Marshon Lattimore. However, Roby now becomes the front-runner to lock down that job following his suspension.

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Updated Saints draft picks, salary cap situation after Bradley Roby trade

Saints Wire 09 September, 2021 - 09:01pm

There we go: the full details of the New Orleans Saints’ trade with the Houston Texans for cornerback Bradley Roby has now been clarified and made official on the daily NFL transactions wire.

In exchange for Roby’s services, the Saints swapped a third round pick in 2022 and a conditional sixth rounder in 2023. The conditions tied to that late-round pick are unknown just yet, but they’re likely tied to playing time or postseason honors like Pro Bowl or All-Pro team placement.

But the Saints included multiple picks for good reason — to convince Houston to take on $7 million of Roby’s base salary this year, meaning he gets onto their books for just $1.8 million. The Saints will have to figure out a solution to his non-guaranteed $9.5 million salary next season, but that’s a problem for another day.

So how does this move impact their resources now? Let’s dive in:

The Saints owned all of their initial 2022 selections except for their sixth rounder, which was stripped for COVID-19 protocol violations last season. They’ve also locked in a compensatory third round pick (following Terry Fontenot’s departure) and are expecting a few more comp picks to roll in next offseason. And while their 2023 sixth rounder is on the table as a conditional pick, they do still have all of their other selections. Let’s lay them out, assuming that 2023 pick does convey:

Let’s start with the 2021 salary cap outlook. Depending on how much the Saints paid veteran corner Desmond Trufant to round out their depth chart (likely the veteran minimum), they went into this move with somewhere between $4 million and $5 million in cap space. With Roby’s $1.8 million on the books, I’ll guesstimate that the Saints are now about $2.2 million under the cap. That’s plenty to work with on in-season moves, though they lack flexibility to make another big addition at the midseason trade deadline.

And, sure, let’s look at 2022. Once Roby is on the books the Saints his $10 million cap hit in 2022 ($9.5 million of which is base salary, the remaining $500,000 is a roster bonus) should rank ninth-most on the team. But none of that money is guaranteed, meaning the Saints can either cut him without losing any dead money, extend his contract to keep him around at lower cost, or kick the can down the road with their patented restructure-ghost year combo. New Orleans is projected to be in the red by $45 million with just 39 players under contract, so expect some movement in the spring.

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Saints sending pair of future draft picks to Texans for CB Bradley Roby

Saints Wire 09 September, 2021 - 09:01pm

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The New Orleans Saints completed their trade for cornerback Bradley Roby on Thursday, sending a 2022 third-round draft pick and a 2023 conditional sixth-round pick to the Houston Texans.

To facilitate the trade, the Texans converted $7.6 million of Roby's base salary into a signing bonus, a source told ESPN's Field Yates. Roby's base salary for 2021 is now $1,862,645, which fits into the Saints' salary-cap space.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said Thursday he feels like the Saints "just added another piece to the puzzle."

"You can never have enough good cornerbacks, which are hard to find in our league," Allen said. "I like his size, speed, length, athleticism, he's really smart. And I think he's gonna fit in much like Jackrabbit did [when the Saints acquired cornerback Janoris Jenkins in a late-season trade in 2019]."

Allen also said that he likes the fact that Roby comes from a "really good pedigree" and that the Saints have had a lot of success with defensive backs from Ohio State in the past -- including current cornerback Marshon Lattimore, current safety Malcolm Jenkins and former defensive backs like Vonn Bell and Eli Apple.

Roby was a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2014. He spent the past two years in Houston and has started 49 career games with 10 interceptions.

Roby, 29, is entering the second year of a three-year, $31.5 million extension that he signed with the Texans last year. He will miss the first game of the season, however, as part of a six-game suspension that began in 2020 for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The Saints have identified cornerback as a "must-fill" position ever since they released former starter Jenkins in March as part of a massive salary-cap purge and then lost one potential starting contender, Patrick Robinson, to a surprise retirement early in training camp. They even attempted to trade up nearly 20 spots in the NFL draft to land top prospects Jaycee Horn or Pat Surtain II.

New Orleans signed veteran Desmond Trufant on Monday to compete with Ken Crawley and rookie Paulson Adebo for the No. 2 starting cornerback job across from Pro Bowler Marshon Lattimore. However, Roby now becomes the front-runner to lock down that job following his suspension.

New Orleans Saints acquire cornerback Bradley Roby from Houston Texans

NewOrleansSaints.com 09 September, 2021 - 09:01pm

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to acquire Bradley Robb from the Houston Texans for a 2022 third round pick and a 2023 conditional pick.

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Details of reworked deal for Saints CB Bradley Roby reported

Yardbarker 09 September, 2021 - 09:01pm

On Wednesday, the Texans shipped cornerback Bradley Roby to the Saints. In order to facilitate the trade, the Texans first converted ~$7.6M of his base salary into a signing bonus (Twitter link via Field Yates of ESPN.com).

Now, Roby will have a base salary of $1.86M, down from his scheduled $9.5M. In essence, the Texans are absorbing a larger dead money hit so that the Saints can fit his contract under the salary cap. That likely means a better haul of draft picks for the Texans, though the exact return in the trade is not yet known.

Roby won’t be with the Saints for their season opener against the Packers on Sunday, since he’s still serving the final week of his six-game ban. But, after that, he’ll be good to go for Sept. 19, when they travel to Carolina to face the Panthers.

Roby, 29, recorded 37 tackles, one interception, a fumble recovery and seven passes defended in 2020. In a trying year for the Texans, he stood as Houston’s best cornerback. Now, he’ll join fellow newcomer Desmond Trufant to help New Orleans’ ailing secondary. The veterans will team up with Marshon Lattimore, Ken Crawley and Paulson Adebo, though Lattimore could face a suspension of his own before the season is through.

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Texans secondary was surprised to see CB Bradley Roby traded to the Saints

Texans Wire 09 September, 2021 - 02:18pm

The Houston Texans trading cornerback Bradley Roby to the New Orleans Saints was one of the more surprising moves of the first week of the 2021 regular season — and the games haven’t even been played yet.

The Texans sent the former 2014 first-round pick to the Saints for a 2022 third-round pick and a conditional 2023 sixth-round selection.

Safety Justin Reid was bewildered when he heard the news.

“Honestly, it caught me off guard,” Reid said. “But that kind of is not my job to even think about. My job is to think about what we are going to do this week. He wasn’t really even playing in this game to begin with, so it doesn’t change our scheme per se on what we are planning on going forward.”

Roby would have missed the Week 1 showdown with the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Central Time at NRG Stadium. The cornerback was serving the final game of a six-game suspension that was handed down with five games to go in the 2020 regular season. Roby was suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Just as if Roby would have stayed, the Texans are banking on their “next man up” philosophy.

Said Reid: “We got who we got, next guys up are fully capable, and they are going to step up and we are going to ride with them.”

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves was similarly stunned when he found out.

“I was surprised,” said Hargreaves. “I was surprised a little bit, but that’s the business. I’ve been playing long enough to know that things like that happen. I mean, it was surprising at first, but you got to keep going, continue on. We’ve got a season to play.”

Roby signed a three-year, $36 million contract in the 2020 offseason. The Texans will pick up the $7 million on his cap hit while the Saints will take the remaining $1.8 million-plus.

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