Yesterday, on Sirius XM NFL Radio, you said that the Arizona Cardinals “rolled out the red carpet” for you and then made you “a very very disrespectful offer.”
Yes, after three largely underproductive seasons in Carolina, you broke through with your best year last season with the Chargers---57 tackles, 5 interceptions, 2 pass breakups and one tackle for loss. It earned you the 30th highest safety grade in the league, per PFF, at 81.4.
So, what gives?
First of all, the safety market in free agency has been about as warm as a creamsicle.
Secondly, your own team, the Chargers, drafted SS Derwin James with the 17th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. If you want to be mad at a team, maybe you should start right there in LA.
Thirdly, the safety market in the draft has been getting warmer and warmer each year---this year 3 safeties were taken in the 1st round---and 9 safeties were selected in the first 95 picks.
Fourthly, the Cardinals are still considering re-signing S Tyvon Branch (88.5 PFF grade, #6 S) when his ACL rehab is complete. Branch would most likely bave to sign at the veteran minimum, plus perhaps some added incentives.
You have had two visits. Your visit to the Colts was such that they didn’t even have the GM or HC or DC meet with you. You sat in the team cafeteria for two hours and then played basketball. That---is a dis. Duly noted.
But, to bite the hand of the Cardinals, the only team thus far that’s been willing to feed you, seems inane and foolhardy on your part.
Look---Steve Keim isn’t going to bid against himself---and why should he? The safety market is prune dry. Kenny Vacarro, Eric Reid and Mike Mitchell are still available and, at this point, not one of them is going to get an offer above the veteran minimum.
If you look closer at the opportunity the Cardinals have offered you---you get to play for head coach in Steve Wilks you have already established a rapport with---you know Wilks’ defense so your transition should be immediate---furthermore, you get to work for a DB coach, in David Merritt, who is one of the best developers of safeties in the NFL---you get to work in a secondary with Patrick Peterson, Antoine Bethea, Budda Baker and Jamar Taylor---and, most of all, if you look at the Cardinals’ history with safeties, you will see that Tony Jefferson (a UDFA signed by the Cardinals in 2013) and D.J, Swearinger (signed as a free agent in 2015 after he was dumped by the Texans and Bucs) are both mega-millionaires living in luxury abodes in the Washington D.C area.
But, hey Tre’---if, in light of all the aforementioned circumstances, the Cardinals’ “very very disrespectful offer” is not good enough for you---well, then maybe you had better start getting used to playing pickup basketball.