Powers officially moves on, to Ravens

Posted by Darren Urban on May 13, 2016 – 12:08 pm

It probably took him longer than he wanted, but cornerback Jerraud Powers has found a team for the 2016 season. As it had been apparent for a while, it isn’t the Cardinals. Powers signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens Friday, ending whatever possibility — at at this point, it probably was unlikely — that he return to the Cards for a fourth season.

It’s hard to imagine Powers thought he’d end up signing a one-year deal anywhere in mid-May when he was heading into free agency. He wanted to return, but said multiple times he knew it was a business. For a player who had already been a free agent once (the Cardinals made sure he didn’t leave on his 2013 visit, even though he was supposed to check out the Chargers as well), Powers knew exactly what the league is about.

While he was here, he was a solid piece in the secondary. No, he wasn’t Patrick Peterson. But he, along with Rashad Johnson, provided an important veteran presence and leadership back there. Now that he and Johnson are gone, that falls to Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, in a secondary that will be much more inexperienced this season. That could still change if the Cards decide to try and find themselves another vet, but more likely, the team is going to try and grow with their youth. Meanwhile, Powers will play in Baltimore and try again at free agency in 2017.


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27 Responses to “Powers officially moves on, to Ravens”

  1. By Scott H on May 13, 2016 | Reply

    Darren –

    What ever happened with Leon Hall?? Is he still a consideration or have we moved on? Is he still available?

    The entire defense seemed to fall off after we lost the Honey Badger last season. That is a concern. That almost makes me feel like losing Powers really doesn’t matter because after we lost Mathieu, Powers was not able to effectively pick up the slack. Maybe Powers wasn’t the only one we could say that about, but…. if we lose Mathieu again….SOMEBODY needs to be able to do more to pick up that slack than our players did last year.

    I’m hoping we can just by-pass this problem in 2016 by NOT losing Mathieu. He has yet to play a full season. That worries me.

    But on the brighter side, our pass rush should be MUCH improved this year and that always helps the guys on the back end.

  2. By Darren Urban on May 13, 2016 | Reply

    Shane, Scott H —

    RE: Leon Hall

    Still available. My guess, looking for more than teams are willing to pay. Apparently has visited with Giants and Falcons over the past week or so. If he were to come here, would have to be on the cheap, I’d guess.

  3. By shane on May 13, 2016 | Reply


    Do you think Leon hall is still a possibility if the yong guys are not playing up to par or dont seem ready yet?

  4. By shane on May 13, 2016 | Reply

    ill call it right here i think Harlan miller .. by the end of preseason will either be the cards no.2 corner or no.3 corner . He was a steel in the 6th imo he really impressed all the media scouts at the senior bowl .. & obviously got slid down do too his 40 time which is dumb, but glad the cards scooped him up.

  5. By mitchaz on May 13, 2016 | Reply

    The concern about Leon Hall is that he is coming off back surgery. Teams are interested, but at Hall’s age (31) and with questions about his back, he is likely going to have to take a one year “prove it” deal at or neat the vet minimum.

    Enter Steve Keim. If Hall is amenable to that kind of a deal, it would make sense to see if he can be an asset in the nickel and dime packages. Fitz raves about Hall’s cover skills—says Hall played him as tough as any CB last year.

  6. By steve on May 13, 2016 | Reply

    Hey, we just got younger, cheaper and more athletic in our secondary, I’m all for it. I’m sure Powers probably wanted to much $$ anyway.

  7. By NJAzCardsFan on May 13, 2016 | Reply

    Letting Powers go is a “Head Scratcher”????

    Darren- Care to take a shot on why they let Powers go???

  8. By Darren Urban on May 13, 2016 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Powers

    Didn’t see eye-to-eye on a contract initially. After a while, Cardinals moved on. Not a shock. Keim forecasted as much in the first quote here:

  9. By clssylssy on May 13, 2016 | Reply

    Good luck to Powers, the Ravens are a great organization, my AFC bird team, odds are he’ll be in the playoffs…good choice! As excited as I am about our pass rush and d-line, am a little worried about our secondary being parted out and having to depend on recuperating PP & HB. Don’t think our D is a match for Seattles or even St Louis coming out of the gate but could be down the road. Nonetheless, can’t afford to give up any of those early games if this is going to be our year.
    I like the potential we have down the road but worry about the learning curve and remember how our guys struggled their first year in Arians system. It’s great that some of our Vets can serve as on field coaches and mentors b/c they know player to player the most efficient way to get the material across. It does seem that we’ve sacrificed our high flying “no fly zone” for more of a ground ‘n pound pass rush. Also note that Seattle is wanting to mold Brandon Browner into their own Deone Bucannon! Imitation the most sincere form of flattery!

  10. By Marlin on May 13, 2016 | Reply

    Good info mitchaz….thanks

  11. By mitchaz on May 13, 2016 | Reply

    MJ said a few times early in FA that Powers was looking for a contract in the $5-7M a year range. No wonder Steve Keim encouraged Powers to test the market.

    My own guess is that both Rashad Johnson and Jerraud Powers were not offered “vote of faith” contracts by Steve Keim because (a) as he said, they wanted to get younger and faster in the secondary; and (b) both struggled with injuries and inconsistent play, just when they were needed to step up late in the season and in the playoffs.

  12. By Craig on May 13, 2016 | Reply

    I’m glad he’s gone, been waiting for him to sign with any other team. Never really liked his cover skills. Too small, too slow. Very excited by all the draft picks, the head office knows were the team needed help.

  13. By Mr. Know it All on May 13, 2016 | Reply

    Sports news commentator Rich Eisen for several years had lowered his 40 time at the combine. He trains for it. lol

    Hall of Famer Jerry Rice had a slow forty time
    but on the field you could not catch him.

    Talent and athleticism get you noticed but skills
    and competitive nature keep you in the league.

    A fast 40 can be the difference getting drafted
    higher= more money but trust me some would do well
    at Track and Field. “JJ Nelson” glad you are a Cardinal.
    Im just advising you to put some molasses
    on a couple dozen biscuits 3x a week and drink weight gainer.
    LMAO. C’mon Man!!!!! I know you have World Class Speed
    but if you hit the weights that could get you on the
    field more. IMO.

    Have to wait and see on the Rookie DBs.
    The group seems to have willing and able tacklers.
    SK said Special Teams is a area of emphasis.

    Hey DUrban, any word on how soon Eli Bouka will
    be full go?

  14. By Darren Urban on May 14, 2016 | Reply

    Mr. Know —

    RE: Bouka

    I do not. I’ll try to find out.

  15. By Tyler M on May 14, 2016 | Reply

    Dear Darren, Is signing Antonio Cromartie again not an option for the Cardinals? Hes played with us before , although under bowles, but still has chemistry with the team. I think he played good in 2014 wearing the cards jersey, it also looks like he would come cheap being hes now 31 and after a not so pretty 2015 season with the Jets. Wouldnt he be just what we need right now or am i wrong?

  16. By Darren Urban on May 14, 2016 | Reply

    Tyler M —

    RE: Cromartie

    I do not expect him back, no.

  17. By mitchaz on May 14, 2016 | Reply

    Rashad Johnson and Jerraud Powers were good, solid players for the Cardinals and definitely helped be integral parts of the solution and not the problem.

    BA was and still is very fond of both guys, as is SK. But credit SK for once again judging the true market value of the players and for knowing when it is time to try to get younger at some positions.

    What’s really smart and good about BA and SK is that once players have been starters for them, they typically do not want to bring guys like them back in reduced roles at significantly reduced salaries. It’s a financial decision, for sure, but it also is a matter of honor and pride.

    I bet you that there was quite a discussion during the playoffs amongst the coaches of whether to start D.J. Swearinger instead of Rashad Johnson. Swearinger played so well in the Green Bay rout in Week 16—and it was a nice boost to have him play well while the team was still reeling over the loss of Honey Badger the previous week.

    When Johnson returned versus Seattle in Week 17, it was clear that he was still struggling physically.

    But the coaches stuck with Johnson throughout the playoffs and, in retrospect, it was a mistake, as Johnson was not anywhere near at his best.

    The coaches show this kind of loyalty to their veterans—which is why when it comes to re-sigining them, SK is loath to re-sign them if they no longer intend to start them. Plus, veterans whose roles change are typically not used to playing special teams—which is pretty much a must from role players these days.

  18. By Ernie C on May 14, 2016 | Reply

    Coach Arians not afraid to play young players. Some one of the new draftees or free agents will emerge.

  19. By danafrancis on May 14, 2016 | Reply

    Don’t forget Tony Jefferson and Justin Bethel and Tyvon Branch. Granted, we have two or three young guys, but there is plenty of veteran presence.

  20. By Grandpa Black on May 14, 2016 | Reply

    Powers got torched a lot. I do truly belie Jefferson is a keeper tho.

    Yes Powers and Rashad played on a great defense but they were the weak links in the chain. Don’t kill the messenger.

  21. By jimmy on May 15, 2016 | Reply

    I honestly didn’t care much for his service since he got burned hard by the Packers and Panthers’ young receivers.

  22. By clssylssy on May 15, 2016 | Reply

    Actually, after Rashard Johnson,HB, went down our “no fly zone” with its reconfiguration, lost it’s punch & the Cards lack luster performance at the end,was not the fault of any single player as it was not being prepared and being outcoached. The Packer victory was ripe with mistakes and it was miraculous that we pulled out the win. I’m surprised SK still hasn’t found a defensive geru to assist the defense in a consultant capacity. LaMar Woodley had some pretty harsh words for our DC,which can be written off to sour grapes, still it seemed there could be some truths in with the personal issues.

  23. By Scott Brown on May 15, 2016 | Reply

    I’m not to bothered that both R. Johnson and Powers moved on. Both BA and SK had said several times about wanting to get younger and faster in the secondary.

    I’m sure they have this in mind, in drafting three defensive backs in the 2016 draft and then bringing in another four undrafted college players into camp.

    IMO, plenty of talent and leadership in the def. back room now just need a good off season to put the pieces together for the updated No Fly Zone !

  24. By Scott H on May 15, 2016 | Reply

    Not related to this but just wanted to say CONGRATS and way to go to Larry Fitzgerald for fulfilling the promise he made to his mother that he would graduate from college. I understand he made good on his promise this weekend. Good for him. It really is a shame she has not had a chance to see the fine young man he has become. I know she is looking down on her son this weekend and feeling as proud as she could possibly be.

  25. By NkemdicheSavy on May 20, 2016 | Reply


    Who do u think the Starting 11 on defense will be this year for the Cards?

    Also, who will start at safety and corner? Tyvon Branch and Dj?

  26. By Darren Urban on May 20, 2016 | Reply

    NkemdicheSavy —

    RE: Starters

    As always, I will write posts on my predictions for both the starting offense and defense in mid-June, after the players break for the summer.

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