Arizona Cardinals could make these three budget trades

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Arizona Cardinals could bring back one of the original “No Fly Zone” members for a low price

Think back to the 2015 season, when the Arizona Cardinals had their best secondary of all time. Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson (before the PEDs), Rashad Johnson, and Tony Jefferson.

Jefferson’s most memorable moment was his game-winning interception in the final minute of the game off of his future teammate (Joe Flacco) in a crazy Monday Night Football game in which the Cardinals nearly blew a two-score lead after a Ravens blocked punt started their rally.

Jefferson played for the Ravens from 2016-2019 and then, after a year off in 2020, came back with the San Francisco 49ers and Ravens once again.

This isn’t a move that would have Jefferson starting, but it would be a solid depth move. Yes, the Cardinals already have the Thompson duo (Jalen, Deionte) at the strong safety spot. However, if Jalen was to go and miss time, I’d like to see what Jefferson could still do.

Jefferson’s contract is just north of $1 million.

Jefferson is 30 years old and has spent eight years in the league, but his experience is something that’s hard to replicate. It wouldn’t hurt to send off a pick that really doesn’t mean anything for the value that Jefferson can bring to the team (just look at the Eric Weddle story from last year).