The Pittsburgh Steelers had New Orleans Saints free agent cornerback Patrick Robinson in for a visit on Monday and it appears as though he’s leaving town unsigned, according to Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest.
@kostoff2 Doesn't mean it's dead, but he just left.
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) March 16, 2015
While this doesn’t mean that the Steelers won’t eventually sign Robinson, in the past it generally hasn’t been a good sign when free agents leave town unsigned. Before Robinson even visited with the Steelers, it was reported that several teams were interested in him and that includes the Saints, who drafted him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Florida State.
If I had to guess, the Steelers more than likely offered Robinson a one-year deal for the minimum or a two-year deal close to the minimum with a very modest signing bonus. They probably envision him being a backup player in 2015 and an insurance policy in case cornerback Cortez Allen is unable to rebound from last season.
While the Steelers have restricted tendered cornerback Antwon Blake this offseason, they’ve already also lost cornerback Brice McCain to the Miami Dolphins. They still, however, have cornerbacks William Gay and B.W. Webb under contract for the 2015 season and are expected to address position at least once in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Steelers do have another free agent cornerback coming to town for a visit as it was reported Monday that Sterling Moore will be talking to the team on Tuesday. Moore started seven games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014.