The New Orleans Saints searched far and wide for a cornerback trade to upgrade at the position, and they finally found one. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Saints are acquiring Bradley Roby from the Houston Texans.
Roby is suspended for the first week of the season, so he won't be able to play against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The Week 1 suspension is the last of a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The cornerback should be good to go for Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers.
The Saints recently brought in Desmond Trufant to help at the position. Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley are in line to start Week 1, but Roby will likely slot in as one of the starting cornerbacks along with Lattimore when he's available. Rookie Paulson Adebo was selected in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Stanford.
Roby is entering his eight season in the NFL. He played his first five seasons with the Denver Broncos before joining the Houston Texans for the last two. The 29-year-old has started every game he has played (35) in the last three years.
New Orleans is currently in the first season of the post-Drew Brees era. Jameis Winston got the starting quarterback job over Taysom Hill, and he'll try to lead the Saints back to the playoffs. The defense was elite last season and will try to be on that level again, and these recent moves at cornerback should help their cause.