The New Orleans Saints announced today that they re-signed wide receiver Courtney Roby. Roby served as the Special Teams captain for the past season and has been a key contributor for the special teams since his arrival in 2008. Furthermore, Roby is the first unrestricted free agent the Saints have re-signed this off-season.
Re-signing Roby must have been a no-brainer for the Saints since he has been their best special teams player for the past few seasons. Roby is officially listed as a wide receiver, but he is a jack of all trades, as he has served as the team’s kick returner at times and excels in punt and kick return coverage.
In week one of last season, Roby returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins. Roby’s value is clearly defined by his play on the special teams, but he brings so much more to the team.
The 30-year-old brings a veteran presence to the Saints and serves as a mentor to the younger players on the team. Re-signing Roby was a great move by the team and one less contract the Saints will have to worry about.
The Saints have already lost Jermon Bushrod, Chase Daniel, and Jonathan Casillas to other teams during free agency. In most of those cases the Saints could just not afford to re-sign the players, but in Roby’s case the Saints did not want to see him go. The terms of Roby’s deal are unknown at the moment, but I am sure it was a mutually reasonable deal.
Roby will be with the Saints for another season and will continue his success on the specials teams. Roby’s play has been very consistent and the Saints know they can always count on him.