Add San Diego Chargers cornerback Patrick Robinson to the list of free agents the New York Giants have reportedly shown interest in on Monday, the first day of the league's "legal tampering" window leading up to free agency.
What does this mean?
The Giants, as fans likely know, are facing the possibility of losing cornerback Prince Amukamara on the free-agent market. They also could use an upgrade at slot corner.
Robinson, 28, was a first-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2010 and spent five years there. He played for the Chargers in 2015. Robinson, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, has been a part-time starter, with 43 starts in 74 career regular-season games.
Robinson played 713 defensive snaps for San Diego and received a 79.4 grade from Pro Football Focus, a starter-level score. Amukamara received a 78.4 in 779 snaps.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports lists him as one of his top five under-the-radar free agents, especially for a team that would use him as a slot corner. Prisco writes:
Robinson was wildly inconsistent with the Saints, which is why the Chargers were able to land him on a one-year deal last season. Like he did in New Orleans, he excelled as a nickel corner. Some of his best football has been played when he's been the nickel corner, and not asked to be a starter. There's great value in that since teams are now in nickel 65 percent of the time. Robinson can play inside in the slot, but can also go outside in man coverage.
Perhaps the Giants would look at Robinson not as a replacement for Amukamara but as an upgrade from Trevin Wade and Trumaine McBride in the slot.