Dunta Robinson agrees to terms with Falcons

Dunta Robinson set to meet with the Falcons today. (By John Wilcox/The Houston Chronicle).

Dunta Robinson set to meet with the Falcons today. (By John Wilcox/The Houston Chronicle).

Former Houston Texans’ cornerback Dunta Robinson, a native of Athens, agreed to terms on a six-year  contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, according to his agent Jason Chayut.

The terms of the deal were undisclosed. The Falcons are expected to make an official announcement on Saturday.

By signing  Robinson, the Falcons are hoping to improve their pass defense which ranked 28th in the league last season, giving up 241.9 yards per game. The Falcons also re-signed cornerback Brian Williams to a one-year contract on Thursday.

At the NFL scouting combine last Thursday, Falcons head coach Mike Smith said that the pass defense would be improved.

“We did not play the pass as well as we’d like,” Smith said. “It’s something that we definitely have to address. Statistically we were not close to where we need to be or want to be. I think that’s twofold. One, we address the pass rush and number two, is that we improve our secondary play. Those are areas that we definitely will want to address.”

The Falcons are hoping the return of defensive tackle Peria Jerry will help improve their pass rush. The signing of Robinson clearly is designed to improve the coverage.

“That’s very important for us,” said Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, when asked if the pass defense suffered because the rush or because of lacking coverage.  “So we get Peria back and he’s healing up well and he’ll continue to solidify our defensive line. At that point, if we feel comfortable with that, we will have to seriously look at . . . there are other positions on defense as well.”

Robinson’s deal in expected to be lucrative. He turned down a contract with $23 million in guarantees last season before Houston placed the franchise tag him. Last season, he made $9.957 million after not participating in the offseason program because of the dispute over his contract.

Last season,  he covered the opponent’s best receiver and played on both the right and left sides of the field.

Robinson played at Clarke Central High before going onto star at the University of South Carolina. He was the 10th player selected in the 2004 draft by the Texans.

Robinson  was an immediate starter in the NFL at right cornerback, making all 16 starts as rookie.

Robinson turns 27 in April and  would have to now be considered the Falcons’ No. 1 cornerback.

The Falcons finished last season with rookie Christopher Owens and second-year player Brent Grimes starting at cornerback. Chevis Jackson played in the slot. Other cornerbacks on the roster include Chris Houston, who started on the right side for most of the last three seasons, and Tye Hill, another former first round pick.

The Texans elected to let Robinson enter free agency this year. He would have commanded near $12 million for next season if they’d slapped the franchise tag on him again.

204 comments Add your comment

Walker, Texas Ranger f.k.a. Bank

March 5th, 2010
7:51 am

Walker, Texas Ranger f.k.a. Bank

March 5th, 2010
7:54 am

Now why is it we did not try to get Cromarti (sp?) for a 3rd round pick. Are you kiddin me or am I missing something about him. If so then I am ok with Robingson but a bigger one is out there. DOL, do you know why we passed on the San Diego corner which for the life of me I can’t spell.

tnt

March 5th, 2010
7:54 am

lol go to robinsons wiki page and look at the bottom and read that paragraph

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunta_Robinson

tnt

March 5th, 2010
7:54 am

tnt

March 5th, 2010
7:55 am

courtesy mr falcons ace…

tnt

March 5th, 2010
8:00 am

hey D, didnt you say that a deal would be done within the hour like 6 hours ago? tryin to get that nfl network job arent ya?

Walter

March 5th, 2010
8:05 am

“Now why is it we did not try to get Cromarti (sp?) for a 3rd round pick. Are you kidding me or am I missing something about him”

No way this guy passes the Falcons filter. He has all kinds of legal problems and a kid with many (more than 2) different women. All that equals one huge distraction.

SirReal

March 5th, 2010
8:05 am

I’m cool with that signing. Yes Cromatie is out there but you gotta believe the Birds have already thought about that. Bring the kid home, so he can play in his home state. With the Williams re-signing, things are already looking better for the secondary. We get a pass rush….that D is gonna change DRASTICALLY!

Walker, Texas Ranger f.k.a. Bank

March 5th, 2010
8:06 am

either way, as long as we are adding corners so we can subtract a couple that is fine with me. plus is will allow the falcons to draft a top flight OLB, any chance of drafting Aaron Hernandez as a replacement for Gonzo

Clyde

March 5th, 2010
8:06 am

TERRANCE CODY

Walker, Texas Ranger f.k.a. Bank

March 5th, 2010
8:07 am

Thanks Walter, I was wondering because the Jets got him pretty cheap.

Dawgforlife

March 5th, 2010
8:08 am

I think, as far as passing on Cromartie goes, it was about his off-field issues…the Falcons are very concerned with their public image and team chemistry.

Sleeze

March 5th, 2010
8:11 am

Cromatie is good but Robinson is right behind him. We already don’t have a 2nd round pick – can’t see giving up a 3rd if we can get a good corner like Robinson as UFA. Even if he did go to South Carolina, he still sounds like a great pick-up, especially paired with Brian Williams. Pack your bags, Mr. Houston.

Walker, Texas Ranger

March 5th, 2010
8:16 am

D must be asleep or waiting on that signing, we can all slip away now

Falcons FAil No More

March 5th, 2010
8:16 am

I like where this is going. We buy a FA CB to bolster the Secondary which in turn opens up a chance for us to get either Weatherspoon or Graham. Wonder who else the Falcons have been looking at for OLB? DOL you know?

Walker, Texas Ranger

March 5th, 2010
8:18 am

I say now we focus on Dansby. Our WOLB position was the worst in the NFL. Then we can draft what ever we need.

springman

March 5th, 2010
8:20 am

If nothing else, he’s not afraid to tackle.

Mountain Man

March 5th, 2010
8:23 am

Go get John Gault!!! He is available.

dirtyo11

March 5th, 2010
8:23 am

I like the fact we are signing Robinson. He had a dwn yr last yr, I felt like he wasn’t happy and when a player isn’t happy it shows on da field. If we can sign Bosch at DE we will be sitting pretty. I also like Fred Smooth as a nickle cover. I’m not a fan of Smooth, but i think he will help out at nickle, he would bring dat Prime Time swagga to da team, no he don’t cover like Dieon. How bout Randel El as da 3rd reciever. If we can sign these 4, draft a safety, watch out SuperBowl here comes da Falcons. We got youth, now we need a lil vetearn leadership to go with da youth. Remember da old 49ers approach sign guys who have 1 or 2 good yrs left to go with your youth just to make a run at da superbowl. It works, they have 4 rings. We wanna win now not 3yrs from now. EXAMPLE; Last yr everybody thought Darren Sharper was too old, look what he did for da saints secondary

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 5th, 2010
8:26 am

tnt: D is sticking the ATL with AJC for the longhaul!!!! They were close last night and then shut it down to resume today. Guess you missed the 2 a.m. update.

Walker: Not sleep. Had to run Princess One to school. Have to take Princess Two at 8:50.

Bill

March 5th, 2010
8:27 am

Another D-Hall?

teamguy

March 5th, 2010
8:30 am

I’m praying that CJ Spiller falls to 19! Defense improves dramatically if you can outscore everybody!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 5th, 2010
8:32 am

tnt: Mr. Falcon Ace is a hoot. Called them out for jumping the gun.

Paul

March 5th, 2010
8:33 am

I dont know anything about Robinson prior to this FA period…Is he any good? Should we really spend 12 mil/year on this guy?

Willy

March 5th, 2010
8:34 am

dirtyo11

March 5th, 2010
8:37 am

Walter what a kid with more than 2 different mothers got to do with football. I can understand all da other legal issues, but da 2 babies by 2 different mothers is a bit too much, sorry everybody can’t be perfect and have kids by just one woman. I know we want to live in a perfect world, but come on man. I have 4 kids, 3 with my ex wife and 1 by my ex girlfriend. I support my kids 2 live with me and 1 live with her mom. I am very active in their lives, plus 1 is in school at GT. I’m a proud father, so get that crazy crap out your head about kids with 2 different women can be a distration….Oh did I mention that I also serve this great nation of ours and have been to Iraq 3x, but I’m still there for my family. I’m not mad just sick and tired of people looking at a athletics personal life and thinking it will play a major role in their own field role. Hey I’m not taking up for Cromatie, because he has no excuse for his off field issues. Falcon fans stop looking for perfect players.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 5th, 2010
8:37 am

My man SI’s Pete King on Sirius this morning with Carl Banks talked about Cromartie’s paternity issues in “several states” and how the Jets were not going to sign him after just one season. King Pete said Cromartie would be “singing for his supper” this season like a lot of other players.

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DDawgDavis

March 5th, 2010
8:40 am

Cromartie? no thanks. Good call Falcons on Dunta, afraid we might overpay, but good direction. By good direction, I mean at least we have a direction. Draft looks like pass rush………………..

Carlos Dunlap, Edwards, Everson

Paul

March 5th, 2010
8:41 am

D. O. L.: If the Falcons do land Robinson and all, with Williams, health is not an issue, who becomes the odd man out? Is it Chris Houston, Middleton, jackson, Grimes, or Owens? Houston was MIA end of last year and I get tired of seeing him diving after Steve Smith in Slow Mo on that NFL Commercial

boilerup

March 5th, 2010
8:41 am

Good job Falcons.. That will be a great pickup.. I would sign a DE too.. Draft offense.. Get Golden Tate in the first round if avl. Our offense if so close to being unstoppable. Go Falcons!!

come on

March 5th, 2010
8:42 am

it is nice to have a team in this town who will go out and sign the best player available at a position of need. never gone to see the braves do that

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 5th, 2010
8:48 am

Paul: Don’t know yet, but suspect Houston is odd man out. They like Owens and Grimes. Middleton is in Jacksonville.

come one
: Good point. They got the top RB in free agency in 2008 when they signed Michael Turner. This administration is VERY SERIOUS about building a winning

CALLAHAN BABY

March 5th, 2010
8:50 am

just get rid of the whole secondary and rebuild around Robinson and go get Dansby and find a VETERAN HEADBUSSA to get motors running on the whole DEFENCE

lanier

March 5th, 2010
8:52 am

Robinson’s best years wrere his 1st two. 04 and 05 i believe. This is a declining player. This guy had 0 ints last year and is not a sure tackler anymore so im sure the Falcons will sign him and make it a big deal.

Falkor

March 5th, 2010
8:52 am

Grimes and Owens aren’t going anywhere, Jackson will likely be back, but Houston can say goodbye to the Falcons while Middleton says hello to the practice squad.

cheese

March 5th, 2010
8:53 am

it doesnt matter what cb’s you have. if you dont get any type of pressure on the other teams qb. your cb’s are going to look bad. the falcons need dl help not cb help. the cb’s we had last year did a good job considering the lack of pressure and sacks we had up front.

SaintsXLIV

March 5th, 2010
8:58 am

That would be an awesome pick up for the Falcons. You guys will need him going against people like Coston, Henderson, and Meachem. I’m sure ya’ll are ready for next year Falcon fans. We are too, but we’re still partying with the Lombardi! WHO DAT

Slowcoma

March 5th, 2010
9:01 am

WRT Cromartie, it’s not 2 children with 2 women – it’s 7 children with 5 women. Aside from that he’s a bad tackler and has just 5 interceptions in the last 2 years after 10 in his first. Since we don’t have a second round pick I can understand why we would not want to give up a third as well. As for whether we overpay or not for Robinson, well it is an uncapped year….

willie

March 5th, 2010
9:09 am

Weatherspoon has got to be their first choice at 19 now, if he is there.

gbal

March 5th, 2010
9:10 am

dirtyo11 – You make a good poit —You also are an irresponsible thug

JTH

March 5th, 2010
9:19 am

This would be a great pickup. Filling a need like Dimitroff said he would do. So I guess that leaves a DL, OL, backup RB, and maybe another safety. Good start.

JTH

March 5th, 2010
9:20 am

And yeah, no to Cromartie. That is all.

Michael

March 5th, 2010
9:24 am

@Texa Ranger did you not watch him in the playoffs????? He is not what we need in Atlanta.

gbal

March 5th, 2010
9:27 am

dirty – Whats it got to do with football? Its an orgainization and the word is CHARACTER! This is a sign.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 5th, 2010
9:28 am

Lito sheppard is also a available,whats his baggage ? I know he was good at one time.

R.U.KIDDEN-ME???

March 5th, 2010
9:30 am

@DIRTYO11…CONGRAD’S FOR DOING WHATCHA’ SUPPOSE TA DO!!! WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU,HOWEVER.CROMARTIE IS WHOLE OTHER STORY!! MAYBE YOU SHOULD GIVE HIM A CALL & ENLIGHTEN HIM IN THE WAY’S OF A REAL MAN & FATHER!!!

Chill

March 5th, 2010
9:36 am

Cromartie has 7 Kids by 6 different Women in 5 different states all of which are under the age of 6. Too say he’s been spread thin over the last two disappointing seasons would be an understatement. No way the Image conscious Falcons are going anywhere near that….simple as that.

However with him going over to the Jets and playing in Rex Ryan’s system with the BEST Corner in the league in Darrelle Revis, I expect him to return close to his 2007 Pro Bowl Form. That will easily be the best CB Tandem in the League next season….WOW.

Now when it comes to Dunta Robinson, he’s a top five corner who loves to hit and plays the position with the unique confidence the position requires. He’s a playmaker plain and simple. Something the Falcons have severely lacked at that position for quite a while. I have been high on him for a number of years and always hoped that Falcons would go after him sometime. If we sign him our secondary will DRASTICALLY improve, which is the entire point of Free Agency. I couldn’t be more onboard with signing a player this offseason. GO Falcons!

Chill

March 5th, 2010
9:39 am

Oh yea…..If we sign Dunta then Chris Houston can officially CATCH FIRE!!! No seriously someone needs to take a flamethrower to that Bum. He’s used to getting burned anyway…..

Paul

March 5th, 2010
9:40 am

Sign Robinson, Sign A Kampman from GB, Draft Weatherspoon to learn from Peterson and/ or replace Nicholas, third round end probably available, maybe we get 2nd round compensation from one or some of our RFA’s. If we can get Kampman (sp?) then Sidbury and Biermann can continue to learn and grow. Drafting a DE at 19 does not guarantee immediate and drastic change in the pass rush.