There has been speculation that Robert Nkemdiche has already played his last down for the Arizona Cardinals
During the offseason there are a number of guys you can go awhile without discussing. Then someone like Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche pops up in rumors about being cut and it takes off like wildfire.
There has been a lot of Nkemdiche talk the last day or two locally among radio hosts, social media, and other fan sites. Some believe he will be cut by the Cardinals in the offseason.
I don’t see it happening. There are some others that believe that too. He won’t save a lot on the salary cap, so there is that. Also, despite his injury history, he did show moments of great potential last season.
There were a couple of weeks, such as the blowout loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, where he was the only one on defense that played well. There is that problem though, the injury history.
He has been injured off and on since being drafted. It really has been hard to get a feel as to what a healthy, consistent Nkemdiche would do for the Cardinals.
Now that he is in Vance Joseph‘s defense, let’s see what he can do there. For Nkemdiche’s part, he wants to be in Arizona as well. According to TMZ Sports a couple of weeks ago, he told Jay Glazer that he loves new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
That certainly helps as well. You want to be happy with the coach you are playing for. It did seem at times he was in Bruce Arians dog house and we really never got a chance to see how he jelled with Steve Wilks.
There is a good chance the Cardinals could still snag a defensive tackle like Quinnen Williams from Alabama in the first round of the draft. That being said, it would still be prudent to hang on to him even as frustrating he can be at times.