Cards bring in new cornerback

Posted by Darren Urban on August 6, 2010 – 8:49 am

The Cardinals have made a change in cornerback in their quest to find more depth. They have released CB Rashad Barksdale and picked up CB Trevor Ford, who played three games last season with the Packers. Ford is big (6-foot) and probably raw, coming from Troy (he was a college teammate of rookie CB Jorrick Calvin). Barksdale had struggled (even yesterday, he gave up a fourth-down completion to rookie Andre Roberts during the two-minute drill) and could never seem to really get himself into the hunt for playing time.

In the meantime, the Cardinals continue to search for depth at cornerback behind Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

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21 Responses to “Cards bring in new cornerback”

  1. By John on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    I could see this coming. What a surprise. The cards need CB’s. They needed them last year and we picked up no one in the draft really, and no real free agent. But to top it off, we gave away Mcfadden. Toler has not stepped up and taken the spot. Lets try something new.

    The broncos are not going to pay Champ Bailey, who is in the last year of his contract. Rumors are they might be willing to deal him. The Cards have been a playoff and superbowl contender. Why not make a bold move and trade for Bailey? Would a Bailey and DRC combo make us alot better?

  2. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    John —

    Sure it would. What are you giving up for him? What are you paying him? How much does he have left?

  3. By aaaaudio on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully some veteran depth becomes available soon. This is a pretty thin spot for us it seems. Inside LB seems pretty out there as well. Hoepfully Hayes heals and can hang in there this season.

  4. By Voice of Reason on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Walt Harris? Dre Bly? Chris McAlister?

    I think the Cards need to bring in a veteran corner who can play the nickel and slide in to play opposite Cromartie.

  5. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Voice —

    I think the Cards could use a veteran corner. I also think they could use someone who isn’t close to being an NFL corpse. There is a reason those guys aren’t on rosters right now.

  6. By Peter in Canada on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –

    The lack of depth at CB and ILB is somewhat scary. What happens if DRC or Toller is injured? The situation at ILB is similar. On the other hand WR and OL have a multitude of solid people. Do you see a trade happening soon?

  7. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Peter —

    I do not see a trade coming. Most teams that want to deal are looking for draft picks.

  8. By bobF on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Darren – I realize all the shortages we have in the LB and CB positions, but the defense still seems to dominate in the drills by what I’m reading. Is it because they’re that good or because the offense can’t seem to get things moving?

  9. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    BobF —

    It’s a little of both right now. We’ll see how it plays out as camp goes.

  10. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    We could certainly use some height at that position. Interesting how hard it is to find DBs 6′ or taller.

  11. By K-DUB on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Heard any news on how the stadium roof is doing? Also Is it true what I heard about Skelton nailing someone in the crotch? If so will it be on his Fight for 53 update video?

  12. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    As far as I know, the roof should be OK. Yes, a ballboy did catch a pass in the wrong place. Whisenhunt said he was doubtful for the afternoon practice.

  13. By Scott H on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    People are just now realizing the problem(s) with depth at CB??? It’s nothing new…and given how badly this team was torched in the playoffs last year, it’s no small problem. Heck, right now, we don’t even have STARTERS that we can be completely confident in…let alone who is behind them on the depth chart. If Toler isn’t ready to make a significant contribution – like, NOW – then we are in a scary situation. I have no problem with McFadden being gone – whether we gave him away or not – because he did nothing for us last year and I would not have been comfortable going into another season with him. We didn’t lose anything when we lost him, per se, but we didn’t really do enough to address the vacancy and THAT is the problem. It’s easy to think Champ Bailey would be a great addition, not so easy in reality to make it happen as Darren pointed out. Seriously, he HAS been an elite CB for a long time but where is he now and at what point does he just not have it anymore? I’d be concerned about paying a steep price to get him only to find that he just ain’t really Champ Bailey anymore. Then, you end up with Ralph Brown or Rod Hood and, well…we’ve already had that and it didn’t work. At the CB position, an aging player is not worth a steep price. So…now what? I agee with John…I don’t think this position was addressed as it should have been and I don’t know what they can really do about it at this point. Assuming that there will be no trades ( and there probably won’t be ), there’s the waiver wire and the cast-offs when teams start cutting down the rosters to get to 53. Hard to imagine there’s gonna be anything of real value there…

  14. By BeatSF! on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    1st time to give an opinion! Pass rush makes for a 3rd of a CB’s effectiveness. An above average pass rush will make Toller and the other youngsters better. Let’s see how the D’s jells before we panic.

  15. By 949Cardsfan on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Here is the coaches thought process at corner. They believe DRC is now an elite, “true shutdown corner”, capable of controlling his side of the feel with man coverage. That allows them too cheat on the otherside with safety and linebacker help. God help us if DRC isnt up to the challenge or he gets hurt though. We’ll see!

  16. By ShannonRobinson on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Seems strange to me that we fans are in a panic when we haven’t really seen these young CBs play – NFL players have four and five year careers sometimes – so starting a player in his second year is a plan not a weakness. I like the small school theme continuing with another Troy alum. Maybe we see how the Texans game goes, then make judgments.

  17. By darrel on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Darren What’s the deal with merriman he’s holding out of camp Why won’t any team take a chance on a 26yr old linebacker including the cardinals

  18. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Darrel —

    Because he wants a boatload of money and is coming off a terrible year. What if he is never the same player because of his injuries, and you deal multiple draft picks plus give him a huge contract?

  19. By card62 on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Most of us knew including me that our CB position was our biggest weakness coming into 2010 and you are right our front office has not addressed the problem directly. Hopefully our D line and OLBs can get after the QBs and keep us from being exposed too badly. McFadden I have no problem being traded, but Rod Hood I wish we would have kept last year and said so last year. Not the greatest but a servicable pro who could help the young CB come along. I expect us to make a couple of moves before the season starts at CB. Trading an O lineman or D lineman if we stay healthy on the lines and maybe a future draft choice. Our team is built to win now, 2010 so lets not let CB or ILB defeat us. We might not even play in 2011 so lets win now.

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