Is Richard Sherman still a possibility for the Cardinals?
Even after the addition of Darqueze Dennard on Thursday, should the Arizona Cardinals still make an attempt to sign free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman?
In his second year as the team’s defensive coordinator, Vance Joseph helped the Arizona Cardinals go from allowing the second-most passing yards in 2019 to allowing the 10th-fewest yards in the air during the 2020 season.
Will Joseph’s leadership result in the Cardinals‘ pass defense performing even better in 2021? They’ve certainly got a chance, but Arizona might need some more help to make it happen.
Earlier this offseason, the Cardinals signed former Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler to help make up for the departure of Patrick Peterson. Then on Thursday, Arizona agreed to a deal with free-agent corner Darqueze Dennard. But are the Cardinals done adding new pieces to their secondary?
Should the Arizona Cardinals try to sign Richard Sherman?
With the addition of Dennard on Thursday, most are assuming that Arizona is likely uninterested in signing any more cornerbacks before the start of the 2021 season. But why?
Butler has had a few impressive years during his NFL tenure. But in his last three seasons, he’s given up a total of 15 touchdowns while in pass coverage.
And it’s not like Dennard is a multi-time All-Pro, the guy hasn’t even made a single Pro Bowl. The Cardinals still have plenty of cap space, so if there is another veteran corner out there that they have their eyes on, they shouldn’t hesitate to pursue them.
Even though he’s been a nemesis of Arizona’s for his entire career in the league, Richard Sherman would be a great addition to the team’s current group of cornerbacks.
Sherman is getting up there in age (33) and a leg injury limited him to just five games in 2020. He’s still in need of a team for the 2021 season and the Cardinals should definitely think about signing him.
Arizona’s front office has already proven this offseason with the additions of J.J. Watt and A.J. Green that they’re not afraid to bring in guys who are nearing the end of their NFL careers. Sherman might have a year or two left of good football in him, so the Cardinals should see if he’s willing to help them in their pursuit to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.