B.W. Webb’s stint with the Arizona Cardinals ends quickly
The journeyman cornerback’s stint as a member of the Arizona Cardinals organization lasted a grand total of just six days
Over the past two weeks, the Arizona Cardinals have been in panic mode. Robert Alford‘s season-ending injury put the club in panic mode, prompting general manager Steve Keim to add three veteran cornerbacks to the roster. But now that the number-two cover guy quandary appears to be solved, the Cards decided to address the sudden logjam at the position.
B.W. Webb, after just six days with the Cardinals, has been handed his walking papers. The acquisition of Dre Kirkpatrick, a longtime employee of the Cincinnati Bengals with 67 starts on his resume, made the 30-year old Webb expendable. Ken Crawley, the other corner inked to a contract by Arizona since the Alford incident, is apparently safe for now.
It stands to reason that the experienced Kirkpatrick will handle the starting duties opposite Patrick Peterson in the Cards secondary. Second-year youngster Byron Murphy will likely line up in the slot, with a host of other candidates battling for one or two remaining roster spots. Included among that group are Crawley, Chris Jones, Kevin Peterson, Jace Whittaker and Jalen Davis.
Webb, a journeyman who has suited up for six different NFL franchises, now has two weeks to catch on with another team. The 5’11,188 pounder started 12 games for the Cincinnati Bengals last fall, but is far from guaranteed employment in the league in 2020. Ironically, it was a former teammate (Kirkpatrick) who ultimately cost him his job with the Cardinals.
Three days after cutting ties with Webb, Arizona subtracted four more players from their locker room. Receiving pink slips were offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez, cornerback Zane Lewis, tight end Ryan Becker and defensive lineman Adam Shuler. All four were undrafted free agents that were signed by the Cards following this past April’s draft.
With the recent cuts, the Cardinals current roster consists of 75 individuals. Keim and company must get down to the 53-man limit by Saturday, September 5th.