The Chiefs shored up their shaky secondary Friday night, moving quickly to reach a contract agreement with hard-hitting cornerback Dunta Robinson.
Robinson, recently released by the Atlanta Falcons in a cost-cutting move, and the Chiefs reached an agreement on a three-year contract that will bring him to Kansas City this season, according to multiple reports.
The deal can’t be made official until Tuesday, when the new league year begins, but Robinson, a nine-year pro who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Houston Texans, could compete for the starting cornerback spot opposite Brandon Flowers. That position was a revolving door of mediocrity most of last season after the Chiefs didn’t offer Brandon Carr a contract, then signed the disappointing Stanford Routt, who was released during the year.
A first-round draft pick taken No. 10 overall by Houston in 2004, Robinson started all 16 games that season and set career highs with 73 tackles, six interceptions and three sacks. His interception totals have since tailed off, with just four combined in the last four years, but his toughness and steady play is unquestioned.
One of the biggest hitters in the game for his size (he stands 5-foot-10), Robinson endured a horrific right knee injury during a game at Oakland in 2007. The hamstring ripped completely off the bone when a teammate ran into him while he was trying to strip the ball from a Raiders receiver.
Robinson also sustained ligament damage in the ensuing pileup, and he missed the rest of that season and part of the next. Since then, however, he’s missed only one game in the past four years.
But his advancing age — he’ll be 31 when the season starts — and hefty salary made him expendable in Atlanta, where he’d been since signing a six-year deal worth $57 million in 2010. The Falcons saved $9 million against their cap by showing him the door.
Robinson was one of three players cut recently by the Falcons, who also released running back Michael Turner and defensive end John Abraham.
His signing in Kansas City is just the latest in a flurry of bold moves by the Chiefs under new general manager John Dorsey and Andy Reid. They have added free-agent quarterback Alex Smith, cut right tackle Eric Winston, re-signed receiver Dwayne Bowe and still hold the No. 1 overall selection in the April 25-27 NFL Draft.