Kirk and Kirksey playing for Kingsbury.
When healthy, LB Christian Kirksey is a tackling machine, having logged over 400 tackles in 6 seasons. In 2016 and 2017 combined, Kirksey registered a whopping 286 combined tackles, 182 of them solo, 17 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 13 QB hits, 8 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.
The 6-2, 235 pound Kirksey is also an excellent leader and was a two-time captain for the Browns.
The Browns tried to restructure his deal after Kirksey missed 9 games in 2018 due to first and ankle injury and then a hamstring pull. Then in early October last season Kirksey was lost for the season due to a torn pec muscle.
Yesterday, the Browns and Kirksey agreed to part ways after they could not come to an agreement on a contract restructure.
Apparently, Kirksey already has 3 interviews lined up, one to take place this (Wednesday) morning.
While Kirksey started at OLB and nickel LB in the Browns’ 43 defense, he would be a natural WILB in the Cardinals’ base 34. He brings speed (4.52 at his pro day) and good instincts. He’s still only 27, and if he can put his injury woes behind him, he could bounce back with a 100+ tackle season.
This video—-will fire you up.
Kirksey was earning around $8M a season—-one would imagine that figure would be adjusted to a yearly salary between $4-5M a season, plus playing and performance incentives on his next contract.
What do you think about the Cardinals making a run at Kirksey?
It would be interesting to know what Jim Dray has to say about Kirksey, as Dray was on the Browns’ coaching staff.