New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson earned a small raise for 2014, based on past playing time. However, the salary increase leaves his future with the Saints even more in doubt as the team looks to cut costs this offseason.
Robinson is now due a salary of $1.2825 million -- up from $872,500 -- thanks to an escalator based on his 2012 playing time. He’s also due a $75,000 workout bonus.
That’s not much, but the Saints will be pinching every penny this offseason. They are an estimated $14.6 million over the projected salary cap of $126.6 million, according to ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton’s latest figures.
Robinson was a full-time starter in 2012. But he entered this season as a backup before tearing a tendon in his knee and ending his season in Week 2.
The Saints have always been high on Robinson’s potential since drafting him in the first round out of Florida State in 2010. He has great speed, and he played at a high level in 2011. But he struggled along with the entire defense in 2012 -- which helped prompt the Saints to upgrade to veteran cornerback Keenan Lewis in free agency last year.
The Saints are now set with Lewis as their No. 1 cornerback. But they have some question marks behind him. Longtime starter Jabari Greer's future is also uncertain after he had a major knee injury of his own in November.