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Bradley Roby Reportedly Traded from Texans to Saints Ahead of Week 1

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 8, 2021

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The Houston Texans reportedly agreed to trade cornerback Bradley Roby to the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Roby, 29, has spent the past two seasons with the Texans after spending his first five NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos.

Roby was suspended for the final five games of the 2020 season and is suspended for the first game of 2021 after testing positive for a banned substance last year.

Since Denver made him the No. 31 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft out of Ohio State, Roby has appeared in 99 regular-season games, starting 49 of them.

He was primarily a reserve in his first four seasons with the Broncos, but he has started all 35 games he's appeared in over the past three years.

Overall, Roby has 311 tackles, 10 interceptions, 75 passes defended, eight forced fumbles and four sacks to his credit as an NFL corner.

In 10 games last season, Roby finished with 37 tackles, seven pass breakups and one pick.

The Saints have been working to bolster their cornerback depth recently after also signing veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant on Monday.

New Orleans was forced to cut Janoris Jenkins in March for salary-cap reasons, and its secondary took another hit during training camp when corner Patrick Robinson retired.

That left the Saints with Ken Crawley and rookie third-round pick Paulson Adebo competing for the No. 2 cornerback spot across from Marshon Lattimore.

Now with Trufant and Roby in the fold, the Saints have a wealth of options, including a few with extensive starting experience.

Roby is joining an underrated Saints defense that ranked fourth in total defense and fifth in points allowed last season, as well as fifth in passing yardage allowed.

While Roby will not be available for the Saints' Week 1 clash with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, he could play in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers.

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