The New Orleans Saints are trying to meet cornerback needs by trading for Bradley Roby of the Houston Texans, a source confirms

The New Orleans Saints are finally doing the splash move on cornerback they hinted at throughout the off-season as they act for Houston Texans veteran Bradley Roby, a source ESPN confirmed on Wednesday.

The terms of the deal, first reported by NFL Network, were not disclosed.

Roby was a Denver Broncos first round draft pick in 2014. He has spent the past two years in Houston, starting 49 career games with 10 interceptions.

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29-year-old Roby is said to be earning $ 10 million in salary and bonuses this season in the second year of a three-year $ 31.5 million extension he signed with the Texans last year. However, he will miss the first game of the season under a six-game suspension that began in 2020 for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

The Saints have identified the cornerback as a “must” position since firing former starter Janoris Jenkins in a massive wage cleanse in March and then losing a potential starting candidate, Patrick Robinson, to a surprise resignation early in practice Camp. They even tried to swap nearly 20 places in the NFL draft to win top prospects Jaycee Horn or Pat Surtain II.

New Orleans signed veteran Desmond Trufant on Monday to compete with Ken Crawley and rookie Paulson Adebo for the No. 2 starting cornerback job against Pro Bowler Marshon Lattimore. However, Roby is now the front runner to complete this job after his suspension.

Listed at 5 feet 11, 194 pounds, Roby began his career in a rotation with the Broncos for four seasons before becoming a full-time starter in 2018. He signed a $ 10 million one-year deal with the Texans in 2019 that was described as a “proof” deal before being re-signed with them in 2020.

In 99 career games, Roby has 10 interceptions, 75 defended passes, eight forced fumbles, four sacks and 311 tackles.

Roby joins Lattimore, Safety Malcolm Jenkins, wide receiver Michael Thomas, and others in the Ohio State-to-New Orleans pipeline that has been active for the past decade.

As for Houston, despite the suspension, Roby was the Texans clear No. 1 cornerback to enter the season. After trading with Roby, the Texans have six cornerbacks on their roster: Desmond King, Terrance Mitchell, Vernon Hargreaves, Tremon Smith, Tavierre Thomas and the newly acquired Jimmy Moreland.

Sarah Barshop from ESPN contributed to this report.

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