C.J. Henderson is on the market and the Cardinals should be interested

(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) C.J. Henderson
(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) C.J. Henderson /

The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly interested in trading cornerback C.J. Henderson. If this is true, the Arizona Cardinals should be among those interested in making a deal.

For the last few weeks, the Arizona Cardinals have been considered by multiple NFL analysts as a possible trade destination for Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard.

Well, Howard has reportedly been able to re-work his contract with the Dolphins, so he won’t be heading to the Cardinals anytime soon.

However, there is apparently another top-notch corner on the trade market now, and he could actually turn out to be a better acquisition for Arizona than Howard.

Arizona Cardinals should look into trading for Jacksonville Jaguars corner C.J. Henderson

On Sunday, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the Jacksonville Jaguars have given the impression to other teams around the league that second-year cornerback, and 2020 first-round pick, C.J. Henderson is available to acquire in a trade.

Henderson has only been in the NFL for one season, so it’s a bit shocking that the Jaguars might already be looking to move him elsewhere. Fowler did also report that “things are good,” between Jacksonville and the corner, but something still seems a little off if the team is already trying to unload him after only one year on their roster.

If the Jaguars truly just don’t think Henderson is a good fit for their current defense, then Cardinals general manager Steve Keim should be among those giving the Jacksonville front office a phone call this week.

Henderson has the talent to develop into a high-level NFL corner and he’s someone who could help Arizona have one of the top secondaries in the league for the next several seasons.

The biggest hurdle for any team that shows interest in trading for the Jaguars corner will be the cost it takes to acquire him. What will Jacksonville accept in exchange for someone they just spent a top-10 draft pick on a year ago?

The Jaguars will likely want to receive at least one first-round draft pick in return for Henderson. But the Cardinals might be able to acquire the corner without losing a first-round selection if they include pass rusher Chandler Jones in their trade offer.

Something like Jones, a second-rounder, and a fifth-rounder to Jacksonville in exchange for Henderson and a fourth-rounder might be an offer that could result in the young corner landing in Arizona.

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This is something the Cardinals should certainly be keeping an eye on and it’s also worth noting that PFF’s Anthony Treash has already labeled Arizona possibly trading for Henderson as “a move that makes too much sense.”