Cardinals add former Raven cornerback

Posted by Darren Urban on January 28, 2016 – 11:43 am

The Cardinals have brought in a pair of cornerbacks on “future” contracts as they begin to build the 90-man offseason roster. That started with Cariel Brooks on Wednesday — Brooks was with the Cardinals early in 2015 — and then they brought in Asa Jackson Thursday. Jackson was last on the Bengals’ practice squad, but he also appeared in 18 games with the Baltimore Ravens over four seasons after coming into the league in 2012. He does not have an NFL interception.

With Jerraud Powers a free agent, the Cardinals will want to make sure they have enough cornerbacks for the offseason. I won’t be surprised if the position is a target in the draft, either.

Asa Jackson

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  1. By NJAzCardsFan on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Darren- Do you expect Powers, R Johnson and C Johnson to return?

  2. By Darren Urban on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: FAs

    Too early to really tell. I could see all three if the price is right. But that’s the key.

  3. By Marlin on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Love Rashad….but reality is he’s likely to leave.

  4. By Scott H on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Sure didn’t seem that the defensive backfield was a need coming into this season. But we have seen that without the Honey Badger, it is. HB has been here for 3 seasons and has yet to play a full season. That hurt us this year. Given his hx, this a need as well.

  5. By LBCardsFan on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Darren, Why is the Cardinals not looking for taller Corner back? The defensive back they`re all short and not physical.

  6. By All Day on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    I would love for Arizona to pick up a good CB that’s more than 6 feet tall. There really aren’t any in this FA class. The closest is Josh Norman and Sean smith who I believe are both 5-11? Anyway someone like Brandon Browner or Antonio Cromartie would be ideal but at th right price too

  7. By Darren Urban on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    All Day —

    RE: Taller CB

    You realize Browner may have had the worst season in NFL history as a cornerback this year? And Cromartie was not good either.

  8. By texascard on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Pass rusher is just a bunch of noise. Trying to take the focus off of puke Palmer and extremely disappointing oline.

  9. By georgiebird on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    The Cards have to look defense in FA and the draft. I’ve brought this up ad nauseam for the last 3 years or so but it’s insane to continue to play a 3-4 defense when for any number of reasons, the Cards have never been able to develop LBs. Sometimes it’s bad luck and most times it’s bad picking.
    When a 35 year old guy like Dwight Freeney can come here mid season and be about the best player on the whole defense, that’s a sad day.
    Even when Okafor was healthy Freeney was better. When I look at the Broncos and Panthers’ LBs, it shows there is a long, long way to go to gain equality.
    The Cards were 13-3 this year- there can be no better case for BA winning another COY. He did it with smoke and mirrors.

  10. By Darren Urban on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Georgie and all —

    RE: Smoke and mirrors

    Some of you guys make my head hurt.

    Smoke and mirrors for winning 14 games, having the second-most points in the league, having a top 6 defense, losing just four games, and making the NFC Championship.


  11. By NJAzCardsFan on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Darren- It seems that Powers and R Johnson want to stay because of the closeness of the DB group. A hometown discount could be a strong option.
    While cost is the main factor does Kiem and BA want Powers back? R Johnson was the play caller of the DB’s, I could see him bring brought back. What other options are there at this point?

    Do you see the Cards bringing in a better 2nd string QB to replace Stanton?

    Cromartie wasn’t worth what the Jets are paying him and he had a less than spectacular year for them.

  12. By Darren Urban on Jan 29, 2016 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Second-string QB

    Would they like to? Of course you’d like to upgrade everywhere. Question is, who is “better?” A rookie? Someone out on the market?

  13. By dan on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Please cut, trade, release Calais “Cellophane” Campbell.

  14. By Darren Urban on Jan 29, 2016 | Reply

    Dan —

    RE: Campbell

    I have a hard time believing you know much about football with comments like that.

  15. By dan on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Looks to me like Smokey fizzled out again

  16. By Chuck 1 on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Re: Draft
    I’m thinking of a player that was drafted as a Safety and ended up being a LB.
    That would be Buc, who’s too small to be a LB and some have said that he’s too slow to be a Safety.
    Although Keim generally gets great marks for excellent drafts from the commenters,, I think that there have been too many misses, which I won’t list again.
    I think that the Panthers have had more successes in their drafts.
    We still have too many holes to fill in one draft e.g. pass rusher(s), ILB, tall DB, center, QB (to eventually replace Palmer), OG, OT, CB, DT, DE etc.

  17. By Lee W. Flanagan on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Maybe with some improvements in the linebacking position, Deone Bucannon can maybe move back to his original position.

  18. By Big Ken on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    We’re gonna loose some players but gain some too. I guess my glass is constantly half full. I can see them bringing in many cornerbacks. This year’s draft is deep at center, some great kids.

  19. By dan on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Damn, one more season with Calais “Tree” Campbell……moves about as good as a tree, which he would make like a tree and just leave.

  20. By georgiebird on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    The Championship game did a lot to put into question the 13 win regular season.
    The Cards are a solid team but the star of the team is BA.
    Statistics work both ways- 6th best defense. But possibly the worst playoff loss ever sustained by a 13-3 team.
    Great W-L season but some mixed results along the way.

  21. By shannon robinson on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Some people are always going to want to burn the house down. As a women’s rugby coach I can guarantee you that if you’ve never been fired then you are probably are not much of a coach. I’m pretty clear that if we can give Palmer time to throw and when he has a powerful running game then our offense is dominant. But what I do know for sure is that Bruce Arians will always be going for it. If you’re a fan riding on this train then you might as well yell “no brakes”. Our General Manager will also get what BA wants now that he got him what he needs. Steve Keim didn’t waste any time – he started making the list on the plane ride home! I’ve been a Redskins fan growing up and bought Tampa Bay Bucs seats when they started and Cards season tickets in ASU stadium, but I’ve never been so lucky as I am now to get to root for these Cards. I have confidence this organization will put it all together again and again. This has been a really fun season – something for everybody. Thank you Darren for bringing it all home to your readers.

  22. By All Day on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    I wasn’t saying (although it sounded like it) Cromartie or Browner specifically I was more referring to similar size and longness

  23. By Brendan B on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Some of these comments… Dang.

    Palmer is here to stay and rightly so.

    Seems to me the biggest area for improvement is in the trenches.

    O-line has good pieces, or at least good enough. After the last couple games I dunno if it just ran out of gas, needs to gel better, or if the younger guys just need to step it up.

    Pass rush definitely could use a boost. Calais is a beast, but another quality end or tackle who can really get after the QB would be a godsend.

    Keim/BA got the team this far, I trust them to make good moves in the offseason.

  24. By Cactus jeff on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    I think they need to address the defense. Get Iupati healthy and the offense will be great. Defense was shredded by Seattle and Carolina. Minter does not have an NFL skill set. Bethel can’t track the ball in the air. A ton of holes on defense. Honey badger and Buchanon covered them up.

  25. By Pat on Jan 29, 2016 | Reply

    2 weeks ago all of you negative nelly’s were all on-board the bandwagon… what the heck is the issue here? This was the Cardinals best season ever and now you’re wanting to cut some of our best players and down talk one of the best QB’s the Cardinals have ever had? Go find a new bandwagon will ya?!

  26. By Chuck 1 on Jan 29, 2016 | Reply


    I agree.
    I heard that the 49 points put up by the Panthers were the MOST EVER in an NFC Championship game.
    Nuf said.
    The Cards’ defense needs better bodies. They have to blitz too much.

  27. By Scott H on Jan 29, 2016 | Reply

    I, for one, don’t want to play the Packers in the playoffs anymore. We play exciting games against them….nail biters….that we always win in thrilling fashion. Then, we get pasted by whoever we play the following week.

    2009 wild-card round – Cards 51 / Packers 45 in OT. The next week, we were blown apart by the Saints.

    2015 divisional round – Cards 26 / Packers 20 in OT. The next week, we were dismantled by the Panthers.

    No more!

  28. By tony on Jan 29, 2016 | Reply

    will the Cards even consider trading for RGIII??

  29. By NJAzCardsFan on Jan 29, 2016 | Reply

    Darren- Do you know, if during the exit interviews, the players are told whether or not they can expect to return to the team for the next season…???

  30. By Darren Urban on Jan 29, 2016 | Reply

    NJAz –

    RE: knowledge

    Not really.

  31. By Scott H on Jan 30, 2016 | Reply

    tony –

    For what reason should the Cardinals even consider making a trade for RGIII? Really, why? Not only has RGIII looked really bad on the field in recent seasons ( pretty much ever since his rookie year ), but the word has been everywhere that he is a bad teammate and just a difficult guy to get along with. What is the benefit to the Cardinals to bringing in a total reclaimation project that has high risk / low reward written all over it?

    Let a team like the Browns or the Cowboys take that gamble. Those teams have to consider desperate moves. We don’t.

  32. By dan on Jan 30, 2016 | Reply

    Darren, do u really think Calais is that good? For the money he makes I really don’t see it……he’s too slow, can’t get off blocks when getting to the QB, I know he gets double teamed sometimes but I don’t think he should make that kind of dough if he cant get to the QB……….he’s big……..big disappointment, he’s gone after this year, guaranteed. I say restructure his contract and then trade him. U must be good friends with him, cuz he’s average.

  33. By Darren Urban on Jan 31, 2016 | Reply

    Dan —

    RE: Campbell

    I agree that Campbell has to do more. I agreed with how Arians analyzed him some of the time (he is a big reason they do well against the run, which isn’t going to show up in the stats much.) Pro Football Focus had him negatively graded just twice this season, with the worst being the NFC Championship (a game in which seemingly every player was bad, and Campbell’s grade was determined mostly by the bad offsides penalties he took.)

    You said cut him. Which is folly.

  34. By CreditCard on Jan 30, 2016 | Reply

    Solid season for the Cards. The organization is determined to improve — as a fan, this is literally music to our ears.

    Couple of crazy thoughts:

    Kudos to Mike Leach and his stellar career. Long snappers are TE type bodies. I know this sounds a pinch crazy, but I would try Niklas at long snapping. If successful, not only do you have a long snapper, but also a player to play a handful of offense positions at TE as well as be on kick-off and punt return as well as on kick-off team and punt team special teams. Niklas would appear to be a better athlete than Leach and be able to run the field (on coverage) more quickly. Down side if he got injured during the season — affects several positions.

    My opinion (whatever weight that has), I would trade down the 1st round pick and pick-up both LA-Rams 2nd round picks (not likely going to happen) or both Philly 3rd round picks and switching the 4th round position (likely to happen). To me the there is not much talent difference in this entire draft in the 1st four rounds. That would give the Cards a 2nd rounder, three 3rd round picks, and a higher 4th round pick. Cards have been very successful in the middle rounds concerning the draft.

    Eager to see to jump in improvement of Gunter and getting Peters back.

    Eager to see what next year can do in Swearinger. Also, I’ve always liked Rashard Johnson — good player, appears to be a good person. I think he would also be great to groom as a future coach.

  35. By dan on Jan 30, 2016 | Reply

    Robert Nkemdiche…..guy can move for big dude….Yannick Ngakoue…..hopefully we can get one.

  36. By dan on Jan 31, 2016 | Reply

    Schobert would be a good pickup.

  37. By Chris Lewis on Jan 31, 2016 | Reply

    I haven’t read any of the posts lately as I’m still in shock from Arizona’s blowout loss to the Panthers, and if someone has already commented on this, I apologize, but I’m wondering if anyone else noticed the 2 point conversion Carolina made with 4 minutes left in the game and already up 40-15. I can’t believe the announcers didn’t notice or didn’t say anything. The game was already out of hand and there was no way The Cardinals were coming back in the game, so there was no reason at all to go for 2 in that scenario. An extra point would have put Carolina up by 26, so what the hell justifies adding on another point to make it a 27 point lead instead of 26. I was livid when I witnessed that classless act. There’s no other way to describe it than just bad sportsmanship and poor taste. Look, I don’t have a problem with a team with a big lead scoring a touchdown late in the game, because it’s the other team’s fault if they can’t stop the opponents, but to go for 2 in that scenario, I couldn’t believe it, and I can’t believe that the Cardinals players didn’t get more upset about it. I won’t forget that BS move anytime soon. I hope Carolina gets their asses stomped by the Broncos. Carolina is definitely on my shit list. We’ll be back next year with a vengeance. GO CARDS!!!!!

  38. By dan on Jan 31, 2016 | Reply

    Don’t care what other people grade Campbell, I can see that he can’t move well, I can see why he’s good at stopping the run because he’s good at not moving……never steps up when you need him, like maybe a sack or even some pressure on the QB, I remember in his early days he was able to put more pressure on the QB than now………so he’s gotten worse……..missed a on of sacks in his early days too…… lateral movement, side step him and he’s done….not worth the money…….end of story.

  39. By Robert on Jan 31, 2016 | Reply

    The Honey Badger is such a game changer that they were unable to compensate for his loss….to me, the blow out in teh Championship game ruined the entire season..can’t wait till we play them next year

  40. By Scott H on Jan 31, 2016 | Reply

    Damn, is anyone as depressed as I am??? This just sucks. There is nothing like the finality of losing in the playoffs. I really believed we were going to get there. And the way we played in those last 3 games was just SO HARD to believe after 15 games of being – in the estimation of many – the most complete team in the league. We were complete alright – a complete disaster.

    I am having a hard time getting over this, I really am. I’m seeing today where the two SB teams have arrived in Cailfornia…but we ain’t one of them.

    We made so much noise this year, then went out with a wimper. Barely.

    I hear everyone else talking about our needs, the holes we need to fill, the draft, guys they want us to go after in FA…but I can’t get past that loss last Sunday. Did we really look that bad or will I be waking up from this nightmare soon???

  41. By Dr. G. on Jan 31, 2016 | Reply

    Well, now that SK & BA are off and running, I would surely like to see them try “to improve” our QB fortunes for the future. The take on Barkley is that he is not ideal height; his arm will not produce the consistent long ball; and it is said that he is not a big threat with his feet. The intangibles are off the charts being a solid citizen and undeniable character…good potential leadership…no baby sitting here.

    So as we must say again, many of the best teams’ QBs are a running threat under pressure. Just as we do not prioritize our TEs to be consistent weapons as do other teams, it is incumbent to compensate by placing additional responsibilities on our Defense to deal with these 2 things.

    Summary.. 1. A mobile QB, and using TEs as weapons can put us in line with the teams that bring this upon us. I heard Harold Goodwin say, “”We don’t pay TEs to catch the ball, we pay them to block.”” ((Always been this way since BA))

    2. To maintain sanity, I’m OK with all this if we beef up the line to keep our QB vertical, and beef up the back field to deal with big RBs and TEs that come at us.

    Real curious to see how SK works this season…not an easy task…later, Cards Fans..

  42. By Scott H on Feb 1, 2016 | Reply


    When was the last pass-catching TE YOU remember playing for this team? Exactly! It hasn’t just been a BA thing.

  43. By Dr. G. on Feb 1, 2016 | Reply

    ScottH… you ask and answer your own question to me as if that takes care of things. If you read my post, this was superfluous regarding the TE issue. That is what was in there.

    Why do you think, since you seem to be OK with the “”blocking primarily”” approach, would you want to have a TE that has some of the best hands on the team?? Fells’ skill set is underutilized, esp. at his size and speed for a big man. We have a weapon that is not the threat he could be…we see flashes with his limited opportunities. He was a hoopster, remember?

    If you did not detail my post, I understand. It is not always expeditious to cover in detail the voluminous things you post…but I well

  44. By Scott H on Feb 1, 2016 | Reply


    I have no idea why you took such offense to that, my friend. I did read your post and my response did not reflect disagreement with you, nor was it intended to take care of things.

    I don’t think I said anything less than pretty accurate when I said that the under-utilization of the TE has NOT been limited to the Arians era. It goes way back through several coaches. Are YOU in dis-agreement with that???

    I have been posting about my feeling that the Cards under-utilize the TE – while so many other teams use the TE as a dynamic pass-catching weapon – for YEARS. Trust me – I am NOT OK with the approach of using the TE as a blocker first / primarily. In that regard, I think we are on the same page.

    Relax, man!

  45. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 1, 2016 | Reply

    Scott H and Dr G

    So, let me jump in here.

    So we are wanting more balls to a TE ??

    So Fitz gets less balls underneath? We take less shots down field? less ball out to David Johnson?

    There is only so many touches, so who loses their touches so a TE can catch more?

    I mean Fells had 21 catches, Gresham had 18 catches, Nikolas had 4.

    That is 43 catches from the TE spot with 6 TDs. Is that not good enough? How many more balls should not go to Fitz, Floyd, Brown, Johnson, or JJ?

  46. By Darren Urban on Feb 1, 2016 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: TE

    I’m with JTDG here.

  47. By Dr. G. on Feb 1, 2016 | Reply

    Scott.. sorry if I got it wrong. It appeared as though you were pointing to something I have been harping on for 3 years…prior to that, I care not. I have had many years in the stands. Relax? Not an issue, (man)… this winning thing is easy to get used to..

    JTDG – (( Darren)) – – As usual, I appreciate the detailed homework in your posts.

    My answers for your questions:: yes, no, yes (on double coverage), and no…

    43 passing attempts to TEs equates to 2.7 per game. At 35 passes per game, that is an anemic number. I could easily find a couple more without much effect on the WRs and RBs.. To wit:: if the O-Line improves a bit, Palmer will have fewer balls thrown away…and, throwing under to Fitz, Fells when JBrown or JJ are doubled.

    I think Palmer thinks the speedsters can pull away from any DB, but he has still thrown short into double coverage too often…a gamble since JBrown cannot be very effective at defending an errant pass at his diminutive size…INTs!

    And, since other teams know what we think about our TEs, they may not cover them as they would Gronk, etc. Fells is our Beast… I totally get BA’s thinking, but I can wish and hope he modifies his approach sometimes.

    Your thoughts? …be well

  48. By Scott H on Feb 2, 2016 | Reply

    JTDG / Darren –

    I hear you and I don’t disagree with the simple premise that there are only so many balls to go around. What I didn’t say is that I was actually OK with the utilization of the TE position this year in comparison to, say, the past decade or so. Obviously, the offense was fine operating as it did and it didn’t NEED the TE’s to be any more involved than they were. I was referring to the recent past in general more than I was to 2015 specifically.

    And as it turns out, it didn’t matter anyway. When our offense was struggling over the last 3 games we played, nobody ( except for Fitz for 2 quarters against GB ) was productive.

  49. By Scott H on Feb 2, 2016 | Reply

    Dr.G. –

    No worries. We’ve both been beating the same drum on this issue and I knew that.

  50. By Dr. G. on Feb 2, 2016 | Reply

    Scott… Do the opportunity numbers I post seem anemic and fairly easy to improve for the TEs? ((realizing we probably have one of the best and “”largest”” receiving corps in the league)

    If we wanted primarily a blocker, why not just use a wide body like ((6’1″ 307)) Shjpley ((not him, just an example)) who can catch if needed and dare a guy to try to get through him? Some coaches call that a fullback, but we can’t use that term. I still think Fitz//Floyd are our best threats in the air. DJohnson provides a fantastic outlet…over-the-top only when it’s there.

    When we look at their paycheck, Fells is basically playing for NFL pocket change, so I see the reasoning if they can make him block effectively. Still, he came in with what I saw as a “”show me what you got”” test by SK. A good choice… let’s see what they think about him this year $. Gresham is UFA…Niklas needs to stay healthy…be well It’s our Team! I’m fini on this…

  51. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 3, 2016 | Reply

    OK Scott and Dr G,

    If you look at say the chiefs. They run the ball a lot. They suck up LBs and Safeties, then play action, the TE goes to block, slips his guy and gets down the field where guys like Kelce catch tons of passes. Plays are designed that way.

    Other teams , like the Cowboys use Witten as an underneath guy to move the chains. Wittens ability to be a mismatch with LBs helps with those 5-10 yrd passes.

    BA pushes the ball down the field. He likes to take his shots down field. But when he needs to move the chains, he likes to hit his slot receiver underneath, who can turn something short into something big. Fitz had his best year ever with the Cards in catches. Passes that most teams would throw to a TE, went to him. Don’t you guys remember that Fitz’s dad said BA is turning his son into a glorified TE??

    Fells was the 39th best receiving TE in the NFL, while Larry was 5th best receiver.

    The number 1 TE in catches was from Tenn, their top receiver had 36 catches ranking him 66th. Next was Wash, Cleveland Carolina, and Dallas as the top 5 TEs. Wash receiver was 23rd with 72 catches and 777 yds, Cleveland was 28th, Carolina was 56th, and Dallas was 40th.
    Just an FYI – Brown was 30th and Floyd was 40th.

    Point is, if you are a team who works the ball to your TE and pile up big stats, your receivers suffer. It is just a philosophy. Sure, 43 catches for 6 TDs could have been 55 catches for 9 TDs and not been felt too much. So, Im on board with that.

    But my final argument, Palmer has to trust you. When Palmer was in trouble and scrambling against the Pack, he looked for Larry, not Fells, because he knew Larry would get open, catch the ball and make a play.

  52. By Scott H on Feb 3, 2016 | Reply

    JTDG / Dr,G. –

    Really, I want to clarify that I really WAS very OK with the use of the TE in the offense this season. I know I have harped on the TE issue ad nauseum in recent years. But the utilization was better this year. And even if it wasn’t, how could anyone complain about any aspect of the offense when it was playing as well as it has.

    That said, as much as I love the big play tendencies of this offense and how BA runs the show…..I will say that I think this team COULD benefit from toning it down at times, trying to hold onto the ball a bit longer, working the ball underneath a little more. And it would seem that the TE’s would really come in handy here. NOT a complaint or a criticism. Just an observation.

  53. By Dr. G. on Feb 4, 2016 | Reply

    Jtdg…Scott…. A note just to clarify on the TE discussion. It seems like we are on the same page. jtdg…your comment on Fitz as a TE? I recall something as such. Fitz was not happy in the beginning. That is why I include him with the underneath attack. He is as tough as some small TEs. Fells is speedy though, and hard to tackle…to extend plays.

    Now, you may agree then as you say 55/9, that would improve our stats and give Palmer some quicker releases, with say, Fells crossing from the opposite side after a big chip. I would like to see maybe 64/11 as doable =keeping Palmer upright more.

    Scott…yeah, toning it down some..indeed. The over-the-top approach is gambling big when 2 defenders present. I do not include Floyd in this category. How many times have you seen a pick near him? He is able to defend an errant pass ‘cuz he is bigger and stronger than most DBs…be well….

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