Chuck Pagano’s influence lures CB Patrick Robinson to Colts

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 09:  Patrick Robinson #26 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates while playing the Chicago Bears at Qualcomm Stadium on November 9, 2015 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

POSTED 8:06 PM, MARCH 23, 2016, BY , UPDATED AT 10:53PM, MARCH 23, 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 23, 2016) – As it turns out, Chuck Pagano is quite the multi-tasker.

As a result, the Indianapolis Colts addressed one of their offseason priorities Wednesday by agreeing to terms on a three-year contract with free agent Patrick Robinson.

The veteran cornerback spent Wednesday meeting with coaches at the team’s Northwestside complex, but it was lunch the previous day with Pagano in Boca Raton, Fla., where Pagano was involved with the NFL owners meetings, that sold Robinson on the Colts.

“We had a great conversation and to be honest, I was sold halfway through the conversation,’’ Robinson said. “I already knew I wanted to be a Colt. The conversation that we had was deep, and I felt how genuine he was with the things that he was saying. I just had a gut feeling and I just went with it.

“Sometimes you get that feeling that the guy that you’re talking to, he’s telling the truth. Sometimes you get that feeling, and I got that feeling.’’

As a result of Pagano’s persuasive pitch, the Colts immediately bolstered a secondary that saw two starters – cornerback Greg Toler and safety Dwight Lowery – exit via free agency.

Robinson’s role has yet to be defined, but the most likely scenario has him starting opposite two-time Pro Bowler Vontae Davis. He also can work out of the slot.

“I’m not sure how they want to use me, but I’m open to do anything they want me to do,’’ Robinson said. “I can play the slot and I can definitely play the outside. I’m just ready to get it done.’’

Robinson’s decision to sign with the Colts came after he visited the Dallas Cowboys. It had been reported he was close to signing with Dallas.

“I don’t want to get too far into details about that situation,’’ Robinson, 28, said. “I’m a Colt right now. That’s all that matters.’’

The 5-11, 190-pound Robinson was New Orleans’ first-round pick in 2010, the 32nd overall selection. He started 33 of 58 games with the Saints before signing with San Diego last season. He appeared in all 16 games with the Chargers, 10 as a starter.

In six seasons, Robinson has 10 interceptions, 243 tackles and 54 defended passes.

“We’ve been interested in Patrick since early in free agency and we’re glad it finally came together,’’ Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said in a team release. “We have some strong ties on our coaching staff with him, so that familiarity is always a plus.’’

Robinson’s assistant position coach in San Diego was Greg Williams, who was named the Colts’ defensive backs coach in January.

“He is a versatile, experienced and steady corner that gives us immediate help opposite Vontae,’’ Grigson said. “He was a fit on a number of levels in regards to overall skill, but also adds some strong intangibles.’’


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