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New Orleans Saints release veteran CB Bradley Roby

DSprofileby:Dustin Schutte08/29/23


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The New Orleans Saints have released veteran cornerback Bradley Roby. Pro Football Talk reported the news on Tuesday, and it was essentially confirmed by the former Ohio State star in a message on social media.

News of the release comes as NFL teams trim their rosters down to 53 players for the regular season. Roby has played nine years in the league.

“Good (luck) to my brothers and the Saints fans y’all deserve to be winners!” Roby wrote on Twitter.

Roby spent the last two seasons with the Saints. In his two years with the team, the cornerback played in 27 games and totaled 59 tackles, 10 passes defended and an interception.

The Denver Broncos selected Roby in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the No. 31 overall selection. He spent five seasons with the team (2014-18) and was a member of the team that won Super Bowl 50.

Following his time in Denver, Roby spent two seasons with the Houston Texans (2019-20) before arriving in New Orleans. Now, he’s looking for a new place to call home.

In nine NFL seasons, Roby has posted 356 tackles with 82 passes defended. He’s also racked up 11 interceptions, eight forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns.

Along with Roby, the Saints also released linebacker Jaylon Smith, a former second-round pick.

Smith, the former Notre Dame star, was considered to be a bubble player. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network was the first to report the news on Tuesday.

New Orleans opens the 2023 regular season at home against the Tennessee Titans. The Saints concluded the preseason portion of the schedule with a 2-1 record. They posted wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers before falling in the finale to the Texans.

Bradley Roby was an All-American at Ohio State

It’s been a decade since Roby was last on the field for Ohio State, but he proved to be a dominant player while in Columbus. He earned a pair of All-Big Ten selections, as well as a second-team All-American mention in 2013.

In 36 career games with the Buckeyes, Roby tallied 178 stops, including 7.5 tackles for loss. He also totaled 19 passes defended and recorded eight interceptions with two touchdowns.

Roby posted his best statistical season with the Buckeyes in 2013. That year, he piled up 68 tackles, three interceptions and a touchdown.