Cowboys Smart to Sign Robinson, Pressure Carr

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At cornerback the Cowboys currently possess Orlando Scandrick (coming off major surgery), Brandon Carr (hasn’t had an interception since 2013) and Morris Claiborne (gigantic bust as the former No. 6 overall pick). In other words – to those of us who consider Byron Jones ultimately as a safety – yes, they’re desperate for help.

And apparently they’re about to get it.

The imminent signing of free-agent corner Patrick Robinson makes all sorts of sense out at Valley Ranch. Of course, at this point it’s not all that difficult to upgrade the position.

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After bringing in Nolan Carroll and Leon Hall, the Cowboys have reportedly narrowed their focus on Robinson. After five mediocre years in New Orleans as their 2010 No. 1 pick, he spent last season in San Diego where started 10 games and intercepted one pass.

Again, impressive? Not really. An improvement? Yessir.

Bottom line: Robinson will be much cheaper than Carr. And – according to the current starter’s 36-game streak without a pick – he’ll likely be better.

Even better, Robinson’s arrival will create leverage and allow the Cowboys to pressure Carr into signing a new, decreased contract. He’s set to make $9 million next year, while the going rate for a free-agent corner is around $5 million. His bang-for-buck ratio is ridiculously out of whack.

Robinson is 28, healthy and the perfect fit for the Cowboys right now. On the depth chart. And at the negotiating table.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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