Cardinals add a cornerback

Posted by Darren Urban on February 26, 2015 – 3:14 pm

The Cardinals have signed cornerback Damond Smith, a move that likely has more to do with building up to the 90-man roster, you’d think. Smith, who was in camp with Kansas City last season, also has played in the Canadian Football League. He has not appeared in an NFL game.

Until the Cards find out what will happen with free agent-to-be Antonio Cromartie, it’s hard to know exactly where the Cardinals need to go at the position this offseason. Cromartie figures to have a market, and it’s long felt he could be this offseason’s Karlos Dansby — the Cardinals want him back and have a price, and the player might just be money-whipped to go elsewhere. Cromartie also has made it clear he misses living back East, so that also could play a major role (the defensive coordinator he liked is now the head coach of the team he long played for, so you can connect some potential dots there.)

If Cromartie leaves, then with no additions you figure Justin Bethel is in probable line to get to play cornerback, with Jerraud Powers — whom Arians loved in 2014 — playing the slot and Patrick Peterson being the anchor, perhaps going back to following the No. 1 receiver all over the field. If Cro goes, though, it makes sense the Cardinals made an addition at the position at some point.

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7 Responses to “Cardinals add a cornerback”

  1. By Eric G on Feb 26, 2015 | Reply

    Just wanted to say kudos to the llama tweet if you were behind it Darren. Don’t have twitter, but saw it on CBS evening news. Well done.

  2. By Darren Urban on Feb 26, 2015 | Reply

    Eric G —

    RE: llamas tweet

    It wasn’t me, but I will make sure Mr. @azcardinals gets your praise.

  3. By jwoodaz on Feb 26, 2015 | Reply

    Let Cro go. As good as he can be, I can’t stand watching him shy from tackles 35% of the time, drives me nuts. Bethel will be fine and a few CB ‘s in the draft that look good too. I understand chemistry, but for his new price which will be more than Kiem should pay Bethel will be just fine, and deserves his chance. Maybe a better athlete than any other CB too. Just sayin..

  4. By Mr Robles on Feb 26, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren hows it going? With the latest cuts have the Cardinals been looking into any of them Hawk, Bush, Kiwanuka? etc…..

  5. By Darren Urban on Feb 27, 2015 | Reply

    Mr. Robles —

    RE: Cuts

    I’m sure they are looking. Whether they actually chase someone is a different story.

  6. By Big Ken on Feb 27, 2015 | Reply

    “llama tweet” ,” Mr. @azcardinals”, what are you guy s talk’n about?

  7. By Cactus Jeff on Feb 27, 2015 | Reply

    A lot of LB talk. Sure reminds of last year when some poor guy got trashed here for saying Minter isn’t long enough and everyone interpreted that as being he isn’t tall enough. They even used London Fletcher as an example. Then the poor guy said…no! Length not height! His arms are too short. Well he got trashed and finally we had to wait for how he did in 2014-2015 season.

    The verdict is in. He is not long enough. Please Cardinals use some multivariate analysis and ID great college football players who don’t have the raw materials to be NFL players and don’t draft them. There has to be certain criteria where the player is undraftable. I don’t want 290lb LTs and I don’t want guys with short arms at MLB

    Darren, feel free to pass on my email to Keim or anyone in the front office. Tell them you know a guy who can do analytics not descriptive statistics.

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