What did the Saints trade for Bradley Roby?
The Houston Texans have executed a trade to send cornerback Bradley Roby to the New Orleans Saints. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Saints flipped the switch and acquired the former Ohio State Buckeye from the Texans. usatoday.comTexans trade CB Bradley Roby to Saints
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Texans are trading their top cornerback, Bradley Roby, to the New Orleans Saints. We will continue to update the story as more information becomes available. Roby is suspended and wouldn't be able to help the Texans in week one against the Jaguars, but not having him for the rest of the season is a big blow to a defense that's already lacking top tier talent.
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08 September, 2021 - 10:21pm
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After months of work, they finally consummated a deal by trading for cornerback Bradley Roby.
The former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans veteran answers the biggest question mark left on the roster. The cornerback position was considered such a priority that Saints coach Sean Payton deemed it a “must” to address when training camp started.
FORT WORTH, Texas — A day after formally announcing the signing of veteran corner Desmond Trufant, the New Orleans Saints made another move to…
The Saints made no secret about their intentions. Everyone in the league knew they were in the cornerback market. They had made inquiries with several teams since May, after failing to select a cornerback in the NFL Draft. They asked New England about Stephon Gilmore, and talked to, among others, the Broncos and Jaguars, who each have depth at the cornerback spot.
But the Saints couldn’t make a deal. Until Wednesday, just days before the season opener against Green Bay.
The Saints tipped their hand that something was in the works on Tuesday when they cut Latavius Murray after the veteran running back reportedly refused to accept a pay cut on his $2.95 million base salary.
The release of Murray cleared $3 million on the salary cap, allowing the Saints to add Roby and his $8.8 million base salary.
The other cornerbacks on the Saints' roster: Marshon Lattimore, Ken Crawley and Paulson Adebo.
Roby is an interesting player. He’s started on the left and right side in his career and has returned three of his 10 career interceptions for touchdowns. The 5-11, 194-pound speedster fits the Saints' positional prototype in terms of size and speed.
I really liked Roby coming out of Ohio State in 2014. In fact, I slotted him to the Saints in many of my mock drafts that year because were in clear need of a top press corner.
This was a time when the Saints were wandering the desert defensively. The infamous Rob Ryan era.
The Saints entered the 2014 offseason in desperate need of defensive help, especially at cornerback. They had moved on from Jabari Greer and had taken a flyer of future Hall of Famer Champ Bailey in early April.
I thought they should draft Roby, who was considered one of the top press cover men in the draft and projected as a late-first round pick. Instead, the Saints traded up in Round 1 and selected receiver Brandin Cooks.
One round later, the Saints “addressed” the cornerback spot by taking Stanley Jean-Baptiste, a raw prospect from Nebraska who started his career at receiver.
I don’t need to remind Saints fans how that decision turned out. Jean-Baptiste played in only four games as a rookie, mostly on special teams. A year later, the Saints admitted the mistake and released him. He spent time with five more teams but never stuck with any of them, playing in just one game for Baltimore before moving to the Canadian Football League.
To no one’s surprise, the Saints finished the 2014 season at 7-9 and ranked 31st in total defense and 28th in scoring defense.
A few weeks after the grim campaign, the Saints fired director of college scouting Rick Reiprish. Less than a year after that, Ryan was shown the door. Dennis Allen and Jeff Ireland were put in their places, and the Saints have never been better since then.
Roby, meanwhile, finished the 2015 season with a Super Bowl ring as a key member of a dominant Broncos defense.
Coincidentally, he would become a teammate of Cooks in Houston last season, before the Saints pulled the trigger on the trade to acquire him.
Roby will miss the season opener against the Packers on Sunday while serving the final game of a six-game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing substances policy. But he is expected to start at left corner opposite Marshon Lattimore and solidify the Saints’ greatest position of need. His addition, coupled with the signing of veteran Desmond Trufant, bolsters the Saints’ secondary and fills the last remaining hole on the depth chart.
With Roby on board, the Saints defense looks formidable. He was the final piece to the puzzle. If this group's play during the preseason transfers to the regular season, the Saints are going to be scary. This defense has the potential to be the best the club has had in the Payton era. There are no weak spots and stars at every level.
It took the Saints a while, but they finally got their corner. They didn't get Roby in 2014, but they have him now. Better late than never, as they say.
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08 September, 2021 - 10:48am
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With the NFL season about to begin, the New Orleans Saints have made a much-needed move to bolster their secondary. On Wednesday, the front office acquired veteran cornerback Bradley Roby from the Houston Texans.
Roby, 29, was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent five seasons in the Mile High City before signing a deal with the Texans.
After playing well on a one-year, prove-it deal in 2019, the Ohio State product signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Texans in 2020. Last season, he had 37 total tackles, seven passes defended and an interception.
Considering the Saints’ secondary was looking very thin prior to this Wednesday, acquiring Roby is a huge deal for Sean Payton’s squad.
Bradley Roby joins the #Saints after grading as the 25th ranked CB in 2020 (71.5 OVR).
Roby also owns a 76.6 career overall grade (2014-present).
This is a very nice addition to a new-look CB group in New Orleans. pic.twitter.com/5Zt8QO6lZC
— PFF NO Saints (@PFF_Saints) September 8, 2021
Roby will not be able to play in the Saints’ season opener since he’s still suspended for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He can suit up for the team’s Week 2 showdown with the Carolina Panthers, though.
It’s too early to tell what Roby’s role will look like in New Orleans, but he should give the secondary a boost. After all, the Saints’ depth chart at cornerback doesn’t have much to offer outside of Marshon Lattimore.
Saints corners following the Bradley Roby trade:
— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) September 8, 2021
Even though Roby hasn’t even been on the Saints for a full day, the fan base in New Orleans is already envisioning him intercepting a pass from Tom Brady.
— Jarrod (@jhardy575) September 8, 2021
Cornerback was the biggest concern for the Saints entering this regular season. With Roby on the roster, that need for help in the secondary isn’t nearly as serious as it once was.
Time will tell if Lattimore and Roby can form a dynamic duo at cornerback for New Orleans.
Chris is a writer at The Spun.
08 September, 2021 - 05:37am
Bradley Roby (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Ian Rapoport reported the trade on Wednesday morning and noted that Roby is suspended for Week 1 but at this point, the corner probably wouldn’t have been in the cards for Sunday’s game against the Packers anyway.
This is a tremendous move by New Orleans, who are getting a 29-year-old, whose had at least one interception in each of his seven seasons in the league.
With this move, the Saints gain an experienced cornerback to pair with Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley, both of whom will be the starters in the first game of the season. Lattimore is also facing a potential suspension down the road.
The Saints have done what they can to upgrade their secondary this offseason and this is the latest example of them being serious about making sure they field the best possible defense in 2021. With there still being some major question marks surrounding the offensive side of the ball, the defense could be what the team leans on this year as Jameis Winston returns to a starting role for the first time since 2019.
Some might wonder how the Saints are going to afford to pay Roby considering their salary cap situation. Ross Jackson of Canal Street Chronicles tweeted that Roby is due $9 million and $10 million next year it’s non-guaranteed. The Saints will likely have to move some money around in order to make sure they can pay Roby. They had asked Latavius Murray if he’d restructure his deal and he declined, which is why he’s no longer a Saint.
This is a good move for New Orleans, as it gives them their starting CB2 for at least this year and hopefully next year as well.
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