2010 NFL Free Agency: Why The Steelers Need to Sign Dunta Robinson.

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IFebruary 24, 2010

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 23:  Cornerback Dunta Robinson #23 of the Houston Texans celebrates in the game against the Tennessee Titans on November 23, 2009  at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  The Titans won 20-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Let's go back in time for a moment.

April 22, 2004. The Pittsburgh Steelers sit at the number 11 spot in the draft. I am sitting in my living room with my son, Anthony.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock with the number nine pick. I look at my son and say, "God, I hope the Jaguars don't trade down". He asks me why, and I tell him, "they are not going to take a QB or a CB, so if they keep their pick, then we get either Robinson or Roethlisberger."

As Paul Taglibeau walks to the podium, he announces, "With the ninth pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select, Reggie Williams, WR, Washington". I stand up, raise my hands in the air, and cheer!

Anthony asks me, "Who is Reggie Williams?", I reply, "who cares, we get one of the two people I wanted."

I, obviously had no idea, at the time, that Ben Roethlisberger would be any where near as good as he is (and if you say you did know that, you are a liar!), but I believed that Robinson and Roethlisberger were both great players, and would be great in the NFL.

Here we are, six years later, with Roethlisberger under contract for another five years, and a chance to grab the only other player from that draft that I thought the Steelers honestly could have had.

Dunta Robinson has become a true shut down corner in the NFL. He has been told, officially, that the Houston Texans will not again be using the Franchise tag on him, and he is free to go to any team of his choosing.

Now, as a firm believer that the Steelers draft the best available player on their draft board when it is time for them to pick, there is not going to be someone sitting at the 18 slot when the Steelers draft, that is any where near as good as Robinson already is.

Why should the Steelers sign Robinson?

Robinson has played his first six years in the AFC South, playing against Peyton Manning. He is a shut down corner, that has held his own against Peyton Manning, and is the best available player in free agency at his position.

Bringing in a shutdown corner, would allow the Steelers to move Ike "Hands of Stone" Taylor over to play against teams second receiver, and allow Keenen Lewis and Joe Burnett another year to compete for the Nickel corner.

It would allow Dick LeBeau to be more creative with Troy Polamalu, and let him blitz, and spend more time covering other teams running backs and tight ends.

The Steelers then could let Deshea Townsend either walk away in free agency, or bring him back and play safety.

Why Robinson should want to play for the Steelers?

Robinson would immediately become the best starting corner in the AFC North. He could match up against any teams number one receiver, and hold his own.

He could join a team that is already considered the best defense in the NFL. His stats would immediately be better.

As one of the best defenses, with an offense that broke most team records last year, the Steelers could become the odds on favorites to win the Super Bowl.

With all things considered, the Steelers should this one time break their mold when it comes to free agents. They did so with James Farrior and Ryan Clark, and struck gold twice.

With Robinson joining the Steelers, the third time could be a charm.


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