The restructuring of Chandler Jones‘ contract could be an indication that the Arizona Cardinals are ready to wheel and deal
Despite the fact that they are winless, the first two weeks of the 2019 campaign have been exciting ones for the Arizona Cardinals. A scintillating late-game rally versus the Detroit Lions followed by a near upset of the Baltimore Ravens has created optimism in the desert. Now, hungry for victories, the Cards front office may be looking to add a difference-making performer to the mix.
Arizona found themselves in the headlines on Thursday when it was announced that they had restructured Chandler Jones’ contract. The intriguing move created $4 million in salary-cap space for a squad that could use some help at a couple of positions. Could the Cardinals be on the verge of something big?
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that’s certainly a possibility. The NFL insider is reporting that Cards general manager Steve Keim has made inquiries about Jalen Ramsey, the Jacksonville Jaguars stud cornerback. The two-time Pro Bowler apparently wants out of Florida, and most of the league is coveting his services.
Arizona’s most-wanted list includes more than just Ramsey, however. Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins also wants to leave his current organization. The unhappy left tackle has been holding out, hoping to force his way out of the nation’s capital.
It’s extremely unlikely that the Cardinals would land both players. But acquiring one of the duo is certainly a possibility. Which of the two studs could the Cards use more?
Ramsey is a shutdown cover guy who some have referred to as the best in the league at his position. Pairing him with the currently suspended Patrick Peterson would give Arizona the best set of corners in the National Football League. Having those two in the secondary together would undoubtedly elevate the team’s defense to an elite level.
Williams would give the Cardinals struggling offensive line a major lift. Placing the seven-time Pro Bowler at the left tackle spot would likely mean a switch to the right side for D.J. Humphries. The Cards lost starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert prior to the season-opener, and Justin Murray has not been impressive as his replacement.
It will be interesting to see if Keim can make something happen. Obviously, each player would require compensation. Neither will come cheap, but you can be assured that both Ramsey and Williams would be worth the price.