Former New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson has reportedly found a new home for next season.
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Robinson Reportedly Signs with Jets
Thursday, March 10
Albert Breer of NFL Network reported the Jets are planning to sign Robinson to pair with Matt Forte, who agreed to a contract with the team Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, and returning rusher Bilal Powell, who agreed Thursday to re-sign with the team, per Schefter (h/t Rich Cimini of ESPN.com).
Robinson Not Tendered
Friday, March 4
Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate clarified the Saints didn't offer Robinson a restricted free-agent qualifying offer—or tender—but said he would have been open to a return to New Orleans.
A tender is a one-year deal at a rate set by the 2011 collective bargaining agreement. In this case, it would've likely been a right-of-first-refusal qualifying offer of $1.671 million, per Katherine Terrell of the Times-Picayune.
With free agency and the draft still ahead, the Saints couldn't afford to make that kind of offer with only $10.4 million in cap space, per OverTheCap.com.
Robinson a Reliable Backup Rusher
Though he's been a reliable backup in three seasons since being signed as an undrafted free agent, the Saints have Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller and Marcus Murphy under contract. Travaris Cadet and Tim Hightower are the team's unrestricted free agents at running back.
Even after breaking his leg last season, Robinson is likely to draw interest on the market. He's rushed for 766 yards on 186 attempts and eight touchdowns in 28 games and is only 26 years old.
The running back market is becoming more fluid each year as the position becomes less and less valued, but Robinson has proved he could even be a solid No. 2 for a team with such needs.