Bolts Sign Patrick Robinson to One-Year Deal

The Chargers signed former first-round pick Patrick Robinson away from the Saints on Thursday. Robinson agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million, with another $1 million available in incentives.

The Chargers lost four starters in free agency -- Ryan Mathews, Eddie Royal, Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright -- and you can see GM Tom Telesco replacing them one by one.

Stevie Johnson replaces Royal as the No. 3 receiver. Jimmy Wilson, a corner-safety hybrid like Gilchrist, takes over at strong safety. And now comes Robinson to replace Wright, although it will likely be Jason Verrett starting opposite Brandon Flowers.

The only defector yet to be replaced is Mathews, so let's hope Melvin Gordon is ready to get away from that Wisconsin weather. But that's a story for another day, as today's focus is on Robinson.

The No. 32 overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Florida State, Robinson had an up-and-down career with the Saints. Typically, he excelled as the team's third cornerback but struggled when pressed into starting duty, which bodes well for his role in San Diego (assuming Verrett's shoulder doesn't give him any more problems).

Robinson is more of a playmaker than Wright, with nine interceptions and 46 pass breakups in 58 career games. He adds value on special teams, as well, with two blocked kicks on his résumé.

One concern is his size (5'11, 191 lbs.), as San Diego's top three cornerbacks are all under 6 feet tall.

Structurally, this is similar to last offseason when the Chargers added Flowers on a one-year "prove it" deal. He ended up being a steal and cashing in with a four-year, $36 million extension earlier this offseason. Robinson hopes to follow a similar path.

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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the team. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 18 years and covered the team since '03. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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