Arizona, we have a problem. A cornerback problem. One of the more noteworthy moves of the week occurred when the Cardinals placed two-time Super Bowl champion Malcolm Butler on the reserved/retired list. The 31-year-old Butler is reportedly dealing with personal matters, per Mike Garafolo. Whatever Butler is going through, we wish him the best moving forward.
Following his release from Tennessee in March of this year, Butler signed a one-year contract worth up to $6 million with the Cardinals. He was brought in to help improve a cornerback room that has struggled in recent years.
Butler’s absence means the Cardinals are once again in dire need of help at the position, and head coach Kliff Kingsbury admitted Wednesday that the team will “definitely” look to add a cornerback to its roster.
It’s not like the Cardinals secondary will be tested right out of the gate… Wait, who’s on the schedule for Week 1? The newly-formed duo of A.J. Brown and Julio Jones? Yikes.
During Wednesday’s open portion of practice, Luq Barcoo and Marco Wilson received first-tem reps on the outside, and Byron Murphy was the slot corner, per ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss. Barcoo is a sophomore that played in three games last year and Wilson is a fourth-round rookie. Not exactly ideal. Veteran corner Robert Alford, who missed the entire 2020 season with a torn pectoral muscle, should also get into the mix here once he’s activated off of the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Cardinals need cornerback help in the worst way. Here are three recently released players that Arizona should be considering right now.
The Bears released the 30-year-old Trufant on Tuesday. Trufant left Chicago’s training camp to deal with a personal family matter on Aug. 13 and didn’t return before his release. Those weeks away from camp surely hurt his chances of making the final roster. Trufant has already stated that he wants to continue playing football in 2021.
It’s been a rough year for Trufant, who appeared in just six games for the Detroit Lions in 2020. The Cardinals can’t afford to be overly picky this time of year. Trufant is a physical and experienced corner that could come in and play immediate snaps on the outside.
The Washington Football Team shocked the football world when they released Moreland on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Moreland is an experienced cover man with a knack for getting his hands on the football. The former James Madison University product has put some good things on tape for Washington since being drafted with the 227th overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
There is the matter of an injury to take into account here, but Moreland is expected to be healthy for Week 1. A tough football player that provides a jolt of energy when on the field, Moreland is an experienced cornerback that would offer Arizona some instant outside-inside flexibility.
Detroit released 29-year-old cornerback Robey-Coleman and quickly signed him to their practice squad. The Lions are prepared to move forward with rookie corners Ifeatu Melifonwu and A.J. Parker in his place.
Robey-Coleman wasn’t at his best with the Eagles last season, but has been a very productive corner in this league. He’s totaled 308 tackles, six interceptions, 49 passes deflected, and five sacks throughout the first eight years of his career. If Arizona wanted to sign Robey-Coleman off of the Lions practice squad, they could do so by promoting him to their active roster. It’s a move they should seriously consider making.
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