There is a new cornerback the Cardinals should consider trading for

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Bryce Callahan
(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Bryce Callahan /

The Denver Broncos are reportedly open to trading cornerback Bryce Callahan and the Arizona Cardinals should be among those interested in acquiring him.

A few days have now passed since the Arizona Cardinals placed cornerback Malcolm Butler on the team’s Reserve/Retired list. The Cardinals still haven’t made a significant roster move to help make up for the loss of Butler, and with less than two weeks until their regular-season opener, time is running out to find a potential replacement in their secondary.

There are still some veteran corners available in free agency for Arizona to consider signing, including Desmond Trufant, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Richard Sherman.

However, the Cardinals could also call around the NFL to see if there are any talented cornerbacks available to be acquired in a trade.

Should the Arizona Cardinals call the Denver Broncos about trading for Bryce Callahan?

Earlier this year, Arizona was frequently included among the possible trade destinations for Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard. This was even before anyone knew that Butler wasn’t going to play for the Cardinals this season.

However, the Dolphins were able to work things out with Howard, and he never ended up getting traded anywhere.

Now, there is another veteran cornerback who could potentially be dealt to another team in the near future, and Arizona could be among those interested in a possible trade.

According to Denver Broncos Insider Benjamin Albright on Thursday, the Broncos are willing to make a trade that involves cornerback Bryce Callahan. Albright added that Denver is not actively shopping Callahan, but they could be swayed to make a deal if the right offer came along.

With the Broncos last season, the 29-year-old corner performed quite impressively. He finished the 2020 campaign with 42 tackles, five pass breakups, two interceptions, an allowed completion rate of 54.4 percent, and a 47.8 allowed passer rating.

At 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds, Callahan has spent the majority of his career lined up in the slot. But last season, he displayed the ability to perform at a solid level on the outside as well.

The Cardinals already have a slot corner in Byron Murphy. But with the departure of Butler, there’s been some talk of Murphy moving to the outside. With Callahan having the ability to play outside as well, Arizona would be able to potentially use some complex coverages to confuse the opposing offense.

Acquiring Callahan would probably just come down to what Denver is asking for in return. The Cardinals currently have two 2022 fifth-round draft picks, so they would likely be willing to give up one of those to land the Broncos corner.

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If Denver wants at least a third-round selection for Callahan, then that might be too rich for Arizona. But if the Cardinals think the veteran cornerback can truly make a difference for their defense this season, then parting with a third-round pick might be an easy choice to make.