Jerraud Powers visits the Arizona Cardinals
By Erich Becker
Veteran cornerback visits with the Arizona Cardinals
It seems odd that a player who has been with the team for the last three seasons would “visit” but Jerraud Powers is a free agent and he’s visited other teams around the league, all leaving without a contract offer, most recently the New York Giants.
Now, Powers is back in Arizona and expected to talk with the Arizona Cardinals, who are still without a cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. Powers has been an above-average players in the desert of the last three seasons, most recently starting 13 games last year, with 46 total tackles, one interception and one sack. Not gaudy numbers when you look at it, but nothing to scoff at either.
The Cardinals have been looking to improve their secondary after improving their pass rush earlier in the offseason bringing in Chandler Jones in a trade with New England. With no pass rush last season the defensive backs were left alone as plays lasted a bit longer than they should have, and the team paid for it, most notably in the oft-mentioned NFC Championship Game.
Powers must have sought more money than the Cardinals were willing to bestow of a veteran player who is climbing the age scale but still productive, with no contracts signed he returns to Arizona to see what the Cardinals have on the table for him to make the training camp roster.
I still expect the Arizona Cardinals will look to draft a cornerback later in the draft, but the offensive line and pass rush will be the primary focuses, along with a possible quarterback in the mid-rounds. There is enough veterans on the roster and in free agency to make it through the season, if need be, and see where the team picks next season and pick up a quality starter at that position.