Khiry Robinson Reportedly Signs with New York Jets

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 15:  Khiry Robinson #29 of the New Orleans Saints is pursued by Joplo Bartu #59 of the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 15, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Daniel KramerFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2016

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

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

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.

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