Arizona Cardinals: Corner office opening
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals may not be set at cornerback just yet
After the Arizona Cardinals lost Jerraud Powers in free agency, the second starting corner position seemingly goes to Justin Bethel, opposite Patrick Peterson. However, some think this may not be the best move.
While Bethel kills it on special teams and occasionally makes plays at corner, he hasn’t shown to be consistent enough to warrant full time starter status yet. Bethel struggled at times last season.
As of right now, the Cardinals have 11 cornerbacks on the roster. None of them however seem likely to break in as the starter ahead of Bethel.
A couple of guys to look at from the current roster though that could break through maybe not this year but in the future is Cariel Brooks and Harlan Miller. Brooks had a very good preseason in 2015 before being cut. Miller is the Cardinals draft pick this year out of Southeastern Louisiana.
Of course the Cardinals could still go to look outside the organization and find a free agent to come in and help. One of those guys could be Leon Hall.
There are a couple of issues though that might be problematic with Hall though. First, he’s 5’11. Secondly he’s currently 31, will turn 32 in December before the season ends.
Those two things combined are things the Cardinals were looking to change in their secondary after deciding not to re-sign safety Rashad Johnson. The Cardinals wanted to get taller and younger and faster at the position.
After Hall, the next best available is Antonio Cromartie. However it has already been documented that the Cardinals are not interested in bringing back the 32-year-old corner who left the Cardinals for the New York Jets in 2015. The Jets released him after the 2015 season.
So, that leaves Peterson and Bethel as your current starters. It could be worse of course, however if one of them were to get hurt then you start to worry a little.