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Cornerback Patrick Robinson Joins Colts

Former first-round pick has started 43 games in five seasons.

An Indianapolis Colts secondary in need of help now includes cornerback Patrick Robinson, who agreed to terms on a reported three-year deal Wednesday night.

While the Colts are set with Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis on one side, the question becomes where Robinson will fit into the secondary. Greg Toler, a 32-game starter the past three seasons, was ineffective or injured for the most part and became a free agent. Nickel cornerback Darius Butler has been with the Colts for four seasons and is signed through 2016. 

A former first-round pick (32nd overall) by New Orleans in 2010, Robinson played five seasons for the Saints before joining San Diego last season. He’s started 43 of 74 games in his career with 229 total tackles, 54 passes defended and 10 interceptions.

Robinson, 28, had just met with the Dallas Cowboys and a signing with that NFC team was anticipated. But the hiring of a new agent meant more negotiations and allowed for a Wednesday visit to Indianapolis.

“We've been interested in Patrick since early in free agency and we're glad it finally came together,” said Colts general manager Ryan Grigson. “We have some strong ties on our coaching staff with him so that familiarity is always a plus. He is a versatile, experienced and steady corner that gives us immediate help opposite Vontae. He was a fit on a number of levels in regards to overall skill, but also adds some strong intangibles. We're happy with this addition to our team.”

Robinson, 5-11 and 191, started 10 of 16 games for the Chargers last season. The one time he’s started a full season was 2012, when he started 16 games for the Saints and had a career-high 64 total tackles, 18 passes defended as well as three interceptions, including a 99-yard touchdown return.

His contract with the Colts is for three years, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

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