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Anthony Sherman trade: A look at Javier Arenas from the KC perspective

The Arizona Cardinals acquire a cornerback that likely was not going to make the Chiefs squad.


The Arizona Cardinals announced on Wednesday that they traded fullback Anthony Sherman to the Kansas City Chiefs for cornerback Javier Arenas. Arenas was selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, with the pick that the Chiefs acquired by trading Tony Gonzalez.

But...who is he and what do Chiefs fans think of him?

I caught up with Arrowhead Pride's Joel Thorman, who gave me a little insight about Arenas. It turns out he was likely in the same situation as Sherman was with the Cardinals -- a player that probably was not going to make the team.

"The Chiefs took Arenas in the second round three years ago with the pick they acquired by trading Tony Gonzalez, one of the most beloved Chiefs of all-time, so Arenas is viewed that prism with Chiefs fans. He can contribute in multiple ways but isn't a star in any one area. He's a solid nickel corner who is physical for his size. He's not a big player -- just 5'9 -- so don't expect him to have much for a role on the outside. He did that last year for the Chiefs after Stanford Routt was cut and the results were mixed. He was also a return man for the Chiefs and while his return average was respectable he rarely broke the long returns, which was disappointing given his history as a return man at Alabama.He's quieter in the media but he can definitely be fiery at times. All in all, Arenas can be a decent role player but he likely wasn't going to make the Chiefs 53-man roster."

Will he have an impact on the Cardinals? Can he crack the rotation? The battle for roster spots among the cornerbacks will be interesting this year in training camp and the preseason.

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