The New Orleans Saints are reportedly addressing their need for cornerback depth by acquiring a former first-round pick from the Houston Texans.
The Saints have traded for eight-year veteran Bradley Roby, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Roby won’t be available in Week 1, as he’s serving the final game of a six-game suspension for PEDs, but he should have an impact on New Orleans’ secondary starting in Week 2.
Roby is the second experienced cornerback the Saints have added this week. They signed former Pro Bowler Desmond Trufant on Monday.
Sources: The #Texans are trading starting CB Bradley Roby to the #Saints. The deal is being finalized now. He’s suspended Week 1, but should help immensely at a position of need.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2021
The reason New Orleans is so intent on finding help on the defensive perimeter is that beyond Marshon Lattimore, they don’t have much else at the cornerback position. Ken Crawley is the projected starter opposite Lattimore, but he’s only played in 11 games the past two seasons and has just 25 career starts.
Rookie Paulson Adebo will also compete with Trufant and Roby for playing time. A third-round pick out of Stanford, Adebo was a first-team All-Pac-12 performer in 2018 and 2019 but opted out of last season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 10 games last season before his suspension, Roby collected 37 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.
A 2014 first-round pick of the Denver Broncos out of Ohio State, Roby has been a primary starter for the last three years.
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