Arizona Cardinals: Divisional foes making moves

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo /

The Arizona Cardinals will be facing a team in the San Francisco 49ers that has a new quarterback on their roster

This one might sting a few Arizona Cardinals fans.  News on Monday evening that the New England Patriots have agreed to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers.

For the last couple of years, some Cardinals fans have wished the team would go after Garoppolo in efforts to boost their future at quarterback.  Now it appears their division rival has beaten them to the punch.

We can’t blame the Cardinals for not trying to better themselves this season though.  Two weeks ago they made a huge splash and traded for Adrian Peterson.

However Peterson is not the future of the running back position in Arizona.  We all know that role belongs to David Johnson.

Clearly Arizona had winning in 2017 in mind.  This move by the 49ers shows they are ready to do whatever it takes to be a force in the near future and beyond.

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Of course many are sore the Cardinals also failed to land a future quarterback in last April’s draft.  We discussed how the Cardinals missed out on the Houston Texans Deshaun Watson.  He is having a fantastic rookie season.

So, another future quarterback possibility is scratched off the list.  There will be more options but now you have to wonder, did the Cardinals ever have any interest in Garoppolo.  It would seem the Patriots did have a price for him.  The 49ers reportedly are trading a second-round pick in 2018.

It will be unlikely that the Cardinals will see Garoppolo this Sunday.  It will be too soon.  C.J. Beathard is the likely starter this Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

However, that first meeting in 2018 could be something.  You never know who the Cardinals may have behind center once next season rolls around.

Also on Monday, the Seattle Seahawks traded for Houston Texans tackle Duane Brown.  That is a huge get for a team that is fighting for first place in the NFC West with the Los Angeles Rams.