Saints To Sign LB Craig Robertson From Cleveland
The Saints are pinching pennies, but it looks like they lured free agent linebacker Craig Robertson down from Cleveland.
Reports out of New Orleans claim the former Browns linebacker will be making his way to New Orleans, joining James Laurinaitis as newcomers in a front seven that needs a good bit of help. We are still waiting for details on the Laurinaitis contract, and the numbers aren't out on Robertson either. One thing will be for certain, they can't cost much with the Saints current cap situation.
Robertson collected over 50 solo tackles each of his first three seasons in Cleveland, but last year his productivity dipped with only 29 solo tackles and 49 total tackles over twelve games. On a bright note, last year's twelve games played were his lowest total for a season, which means his health shouldn't be a question coming in.
The North Texas grad holds some upside though, especially when you pair him with Stephone Anthony. Robertson was responsible for 12 takeaways over four years with the Cleveland defense, and the Saints could use any extra bump in the turnover department.
It will be interesting to see where the Saints decide to put all their pieces. Anthony, Robertson and Laurinaitis all play inside linebacker. To be more specific, they're all middle linebacker. Who will be asked to move to the outside? It's going to be an interesting offseason to say the least.
This could be Mickey Loomis' final play before the NFL Draft. We're not sure how much Robertson costs yet, but at least the Saints are picking up some help on defense.