The Arizona Cardinals are looking to add some depth to a cornerback group that has struggled over the past couple of weeks
Over the past couple of weeks, the Arizona Cardinals cornerbacks have begun to take their lumps. After a strong start to the 2020 campaign, Patrick Peterson and company regressed terribly during the squad’s two consecutive losses. The Cards front office, based on the move that was made on Thursday, has apparently taken notice.
Pending the results of the mandatory COVID-19 testing, longtime NFL cover guy Prince Amukamara has agreed to sign a contract with the Cardinals. The veteran free agent, who was released by the Las Vegas Raiders in late August, has been waiting for another opportunity ever since. What exactly is Arizona getting with the 31-year old Amukamara?
Back in 2011, the New York Giants selected Amukamara with the 19th-overall pick of the draft. The University of Nebraska product spent five seasons in the “Big Apple”, tallying 261 tackles, seven interceptions and 43 passes defensed in 55 appearances (45 starts) for the Giants. As a rookie, Amukamara was a part of the team’s 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
Amukamara left New York in March of 2016 after agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 6’0, 206 pounder registered 49 tackles and six pass breakups in 14 games (12 starts) with the Jags.
In 2017, Amukamara inked a contract with the Chicago Bears, and would spend the next three years in the “Windy City”. In 44 contests (42 starts) with the organization, the Arizona native racked up 167 tackles, three picks and 29 passes defensed. Amukamara started 15 matchups for the Bears last fall, and was credited with 53 tackles and 10 pass breakups.
The Glendale-born Amukamara joins a Cards cornerback room that already consists of Peterson, Byron Murphy, Dre Kirkpatrick and Kevin Peterson. Kirkpatrick popped up on the club’s injury report on Thursday with a strained calf. Amukamara, provided he passes the COVID-19 tests, will likely make his Cardinals debut against the Dallas Cowboys on October 19th.