Revisiting the Powers possibility

Posted by Darren Urban on April 13, 2016 – 10:54 am

A little over a week ago, free agent cornerback Jerraud Powers tweeted after a visit to the New York Giants that he was in no rush to find a new team. “Gotta make sure situation perfect for me,” Powers wrote. Maybe the perfect situation turns out to be coming right back to Arizona, with Powers still available after a month on the market.

While it seemed unlikely for a while that Powers would come back — he also tweeted back then when asked if the Cards had offered a contract, “not to my knowledge” — comes news that the veteran who has been with the Cards for three seasons is meeting with the team. The reality is that Powers has not yet found that perfect spot/contract (otherwise he’d be on a roster by now) and the Cardinals are still looking for a veteran cornerback. As always, it’s about the money, and what Powers thinks is right at this point in his career and this April market, and what the Cardinals are willing to pony up.

If Powers were to return, it would fortify a secondary that for a while there looked like it could have big upheaval. Rashad Johnson already left and there was the possibility Tony Jefferson could get an offer as a restricted free agent, in addition to a potential Powers departure. Jefferson hasn’t gotten an offer and now is expected to return (although April 22 is the deadline for RFA offer sheets) and now, Powers could come back. You’d think it’d be a solid possibility if Powers and the team are meeting.

(I would not rule out the Cards drafting a cornerback even if Powers does re-sign. The future is always on Steve Keim’s mind.)


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9 Responses to “Revisiting the Powers possibility”

  1. By clssylssy on Apr 13, 2016 | Reply

    Would love to see him back in Cardinal red & reviving that chemistry of the “No Fly Zone”. Our defense is going to need some guys who know the drill to help lessen the learning curve for the newbies so not to sacrifice games early in the season. This is a Win Now year and we need to keep the momentum going . The Cards could even become the new America’s Team…how cool would that be?😱

  2. By SamMoore on Apr 13, 2016 | Reply

    Powers gives up way too many big plays. Hopefully Jefferson stays and they draft a decent CB AFTER defensive line drafts.

  3. By cardsbaby on Apr 13, 2016 | Reply

    I wish Rashad could have stayed. Jerraud gave up to many plays early in the season. He is familiar with the system, but he is not as consistent as Rashad.

  4. By joeybgood on Apr 13, 2016 | Reply

    Powers gets torched more than Johnny Storm. I would not like to see him back. I put his skill set on par with levi “the human turnstile” brown. I would hope SK would find a vet on the wire who still has gas left in the tank and is more consistent we could put on a one year deal. Just sayin’

  5. By Darren Urban on Apr 13, 2016 | Reply

    joeybgood —

    RE: Powers

    Fair to hope for an upgrade. Ridiculous to put Powers on the same level as Levi. Not even close.

  6. By CreditCard on Apr 13, 2016 | Reply


    Tyrann Mathieu and Tyvon Branch are both safeties, but have they played cornerback at some point in their college or pro career? Have you noticed Swearinger, Jefferson, or Mathieu practice at cornerback last season?

    Speaking of safeties, I like the concept the Cards can go fast or big at safety. The different mix of safeties on the club, is an asset in my opinion. I also think both Jefferson and Swearinger are very good back-up safeties. I was impressed with Swearinger’s play near the end of last season.

  7. By mario on Apr 14, 2016 | Reply

    Dear Jeraud Powers,
    Go away.

  8. By dkerry5242 on Apr 15, 2016 | Reply

    Re-sign Powers and Jefferson and draft a cornerback. Now let them compete and the best one starts.

  9. By clssylssy on Apr 17, 2016 | Reply

    I would expect them to draft a Corner but don’t expect to be blown away with anyone even close to PP and there will be a learning curve where we can’t afford a drop off in play. We need depth as well as explosiveness on our defense as the season is long and we not only need players who will get us off to a strong start but also guys who will keep the monster hungry and going strong in the home stretch. In past years our defense has been great out of the gate but was weak towards the finish. That needs to change if we expect to win the Division and give Seattle any competition. It seems that the major sports outlets still consider the real giant in the West because of their SB Chapionship followed by a second appearance with the Cards being regarded as a “top contender”team.
    I love the balance SK has brought to the team with the signing of so many veterans like Freeney, Bryant,Corey White,etc .who are used in special plays and kept the wheels rolling. It doesn’t have to be an either/or situation and I could see a use for Powers bc our defense is going to need the extra help .

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