2. Bradley Roby
The New Orleans Saints snagged Roby away from the Texans in a trade last offseason, but after one year appear to be ready to move on. A lot of this has to do with salary, as the Saints will save $10 million by cutting the former Texan.
Those numbers don’t add up to any kind of scenario that would keep Roby in New Orleans and they likely went into that trade knowing they’d end up cutting Roby after one season.
Again this is another player that shouldn’t be expected to come in and start. My hope is the Bengals bring Eli Apple back, haters be damned, and extend or tag Jessie Bates. Roby can effectively play corner and safety and would be an excellent depth piece if anything were to happen to Chidobe Awuzie, Mike Hilton, or Vonn Bell.
Roby would be the type of signing that wouldn’t gain much fanfare until he is making plays down the stretch in November. Very similar in fact to the addition of Apple and Tre Flowers last season, both of whom played extremely valuable roles in the second half.
Roby should come at a fairly friendly price, and while not the sexy addition the fan base craves, he could serve as the type of player that bails the secondary out when times get tight.