Back on March 17th, the Arizona Cardinals lost one of the greatest cornerbacks in franchise history. Patrick Peterson, an eight-time Pro Bowler, left the desert for the Minnesota Vikings. The Cards have since acquired veteran Malcolm Butler as a replacement, and there’s talk that the front office could be looking to sign another veteran cover guy as well.
One free agent corner who’s still looking for work is 33-year old Jason McCourty. The former sixth-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans has enjoyed an outstanding career, and is now shopping his services to the highest bidder. It just so happens that Arizona could be a fabulous fit for the 5’11, 196 pound McCourty.
At the moment, Butler, Byron Murphy and Robert Alford are the top three cornerbacks that the Cardinals defense has to offer. McCourty would likely battle Alford for the starting gig opposite Butler, with Murphy lining up in the slot for coordinator Vance Joseph’s unit. Is it possible that the Cards could have interest in the talented McCourty?
McCourty has spent the past three campaigns as a part of the New England Patriots secondary. Last fall, the former Rutgers University product tallied 42 tackles with three passes defensed and zero interceptions. McCourty appeared in all 16 games for the Patriots, and was credited with 11 starts in 2020.
Back in 2012, McCourty turned in the best performance of his professional career for the Titans. The Nyack, New York native registered 92 tackles, four picks and 15 pass breakups in 16 starts that season. During his one and only campaign (2017) for the Cleveland Browns, McCourty recorded 65 tackles, three interceptions (one for a pick-six) and 14 passes defensed in 14 starts.
Landing McCourty would be yet another outstanding pickup for the Arizona front office. The accomplished defensive back has been considering a return to New England, and the New York Giants are reportedly enamored with the player as well. Only time will tell if the Cardinals will also make a play for the coveted McCourty this offseason.