The Kansas City have agreed to a deal with Falcons CB Dunta Robinson, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter.
And we’re off: Former Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson reached agreement Friday night on a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2013
Robinson was able to do a deal now because he was already released by the Falcons.
It makes sense for Robinson to sign before the “legalized tampering period” was set to begin because the market is about to be flooded with all the other free agent CBs. By agreeing to a deal now, Robinson was able to maintain leverage. Otherwise, the Chiefs might have been able to come in a few hours and say they had a more equitable deal with a player set to hit free agency on Tuesday.
This is a huge get for the Chiefs. KC really needed another starting CB opposite Brandon Flowers.
Robinson is an eight-year NFL veteran. He was drafted No. 10 overall by the Houston Texans in 2004. He stayed in Houston until 2010 when he left to join Atlanta. He had 80 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception for the Falcons in 2012.
According to Pro Football Focus, Robinson was better in run defense lat year, receiving a grade of +6.3. He apparently struggled in pass coverage, being graded at -7.3.
Robinson will be 31 in April.
While he doesn’t appear to be a long-term answer, Robinson should provide solid veteran support opposite Flowers in 2013.