With so much uncertainty surrounding the NFL season, the Arizona Cardinals dealt with the organizations first big blow to the roster. On August 17th, it was announced starting corner Robert Alford suffered a torn pec during training camp that will sideline him for the 2020 season.
Arizona responded by singing two corners over the course of the week. The biggest signing came Sunday afternoon with the signing of former Cincinnati Bengals corner Dre Kirkpatrick. It was announced on Friday the organization signed fellow Bengals corner B.W. Webb.
#AZCardinals are planning to sign FA CB Dre Kirkpatrick, source said, pending his physical. He’s on a visit there and assuming all works out to finalize the deal, he would reunite with DC Vance Joseph. They were together with the #Bengals & Dre credits Joseph with his development— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2020
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) August 23, 2020
Kirkpatrick may be the answer
Drafted out of Alabama at the No. 17 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Kirkpatrick has spent the last eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The most productive stretch of his career came in 2015 through the 2017 seasons, where he broke up 40 passes, 171 total tackles and four interceptions. Kirkpatrick appeared in just six games last year before going on IR with a hyperextended knee.
Kirkpatrick became a free agent when he was released by the Bengals on March 31. Kirkpatrick became expendable when Cincinnati signed Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander in the offseason.
The last time the Cardinals had a competent corner alongside Patrick Peterson, you got to back to the 2015 season when Jerraud Powers was the starter opposite Peterson. Even for the one year he was a member of the Cardinals, Antonio Cromartie played like a stud in the 2014 season.
There is a lot to wonder what the soon to be 31-year-old has left in the tank. With a chip on his shoulder, there most definitely be a lot to prove. One trait that the Cardinals have to love is his ability to create turnovers. Kirkpatrick has 10 interceptions and has forced one fumble. He has shown he can shut down wide receivers early on in his career. Playing Kirkpatrick alongside Peterson, Budda Baker, and Byron Murphy will be one of the tougher defensive groups in the NFL.
B.W. Webb fighting for a spot
B.W. Webb has had quite the journey so far for his career. Webb was drafted in the fourth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. After being claimed off waivers, Webb spent the 2014 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. From there, he would go on to sign one year-deals with the Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals.
For his career Webb has 164 tackles, 27 passes defended, four interceptions and one forced fumble.
Webb will most likely be fighting Jalen Davis, Kevin Peterson, and Zane Lewis. He could earn his way to the opening day roster by making plays on special teams.