“It’s a prove-it deal,” he told 9News. “I feel as though that I should go back in [the market] while I am still young.”
He will replace corner-back Kevin Johnson,” who had been released by the team and signed up with the Buffalo Bills this past week. The Texans also will reduce safety/cornerback Kareem Jackson, who plans to sign that a three dimensional contract with the Broncos.
Even the 26-year-old Roby, a key rotational part in the Broncos'”No Fly Zone” secondary to his first 4 seasons in the league, watched his opportunity as a rookie unravel a bit last season.
His 50 tackles this past season will be the second-highest total of his livelihood, however, Roby battled consistency problems for much of the season. The summit of these difficulties may have can be found in weekly 5 loss when three ny Jets touchdowns — 2 passing, one racing — came chiefly at the expense of Roby, a first-round pick (31st overall) in 2014.
The Broncos consistently treated Roby like he was a starter in the nickel and dime bundles within his first 4 seasons with the team. The team thought so much of his work it exchanged Aqib Talib before the 2018 season, thinking Roby was willing to begin at TA-Lib’s spot opposite Chris Harris Jr.
Roby played better in the 2nd half of the 2018 season, but his campaign was publicly questioned by then-ESPN analyst Jason Witten at the final minutes of a Christmas Eve Monday night loss to the Oakland Raiders.
After having a Raiders running play, Witten designated Roby on a playoff, stating”there is a constant quit in the NFL,” and included that trainer Vance Joseph should pull Roby out of the game. Both Roby and Joseph contested the characterization.
“For him to describe me as a quitter, stopping on my team, I feel as that’s the very crucial thing you can say at a group game,” Roby said at the time.” … It had been really a blunder. I thought the play was over; I had been incorrect. But for him to say that, it just made me mad.”
Roby has received achievements and moments at his youthful career that many employees executives say show a great deal of potential.
ESPN’s Jeff Legwold contributed to this record.