Khiry Robinson to Jets: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Daniel KramerFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2016

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2015, file photo, New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller carries during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in New Orleans. Spiller, a free agent acquisition from the Buffalo Bills, touched the ball just three times in New Orleans’ 34-28 overtime loss to Tennessee. Even though backup running back Khiry Robinson is sidelined for the season by a knee injury, the Saints stuck with starter Mark Ingram almost all the way. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)
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The New York Jets continued to restructure their backfield Thursday, reportedly agreeing in principle on a deal with former New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson, according to Albert Breer of 

The agreement was confirmed by Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press.   

Robinson will join fellow free-agent running back Matt Forte and incumbent backup Bilal Powell, who also have agreements in place with the Jets, per Waszak.

Financial figures for Robinson’s agreement were not immediately disclosed.

Robinson, 26, spent the past three seasons with the New Orleans Saints, emerging with promise in 2014 before breaking his leg halfway through last season. 

Before the injury, he lost a bit of his step when the team relegated him to a third-down back, and his production decreased to just 3.2 yards per carry. But he found the end zone four times on the ground.

In 2014, Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells likened Robinson to New York Jets all-time leading rusher Curtis Martin.  

Robinson should fit in nicely with Forte and Powell as a downhill rusher to complement the versatility the other two offer in the receiving game.

However, the Jets still need to figure out who will be throwing those passes, as free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the team are reportedly “nowhere close” to a deal, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Jets lost workhorse Chris Ivory to the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, per the team's official website, but they’re likely looking at their backfield believing they have an upgrade from last year’s corps, which ranked 10th in rushing offense.