The acquisition of cornerback Jamar Taylor was just one of a handful of blunders made by the Arizona Cardinals this past offseason
The general manager of the Arizona Cardinals is not real popular with the club’s fans these days. Quite a few of Steve Keim’s personnel decisions have gone awry this year. Arizona parted ways with one of those mistakes this past Monday.
Cornerback Jamar Taylor was shown the door, putting an end to his tenure with the Cards after just 10 games. Back in May, the front office had sent a sixth-round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for the veteran’s services. The plan was for Taylor to seize the Cardinals’ number-two cornerback gig, a slot that became available after Tramon Williams was lured away by the Green Bay Packers.
Taylor, who was coming off of two solid campaigns with Cleveland, was an unmitigated disaster in the desert. The former second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins was handed the starting job during training camp, but failed to keep a hold of it. Taylor was burned repeatedly throughout the first three weeks of the current season, before he was finally relieved of his duties by Bene Benwikere.
The final straw for the 28-year old came this past Sunday. Just moments after a Josh Rosen interception, Oakland Raiders’ tight end Jared Cook blew past Taylor for a first-quarter touchdown. Soon after, the beleaguered cover guy was replaced by the newly-signed Leonard Johnson.
Taylor is just one of a handful of blunders made by Keim this past offseason. Ex-Arizona quarterback Sam Bradford, signed this past March, was paid over $13 million despite only playing in three contests. Guard Justin Pugh has failed to live up to the five-year, $45 million contract he was handed, and will finish the year on the injured-reserve list.
Every NFL franchise makes questionable moves. Teams that fail to own up to what they’ve done wrong will struggle to move forward. The decision to move on from Taylor is a sign that the Cards could quite possibly be on the right track.