Sometimes it feels just like picking on a player.
Haason Reddick is typically part of all conversations when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals this offseason because he is entering his fourth season in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals declined his fifth year option, and for all intents and purposes he has been a bust of a first round pick.
That is why when ESPN asked their beat team beat writers about which veteran is on the bubble heading into training camp 2020, Josh Weinfuss had Reddick as his top target.
The career of this 2017 first-round pick has been a roller coaster, with him having moved positions four times. He thought he was settled at outside linebacker after last season, only to see the Cardinals sign Devon Kennard and draft Isaiah Simmons. Where Simmons eventually ends up on defense will dictate Reddick’s future with the Cardinals. If Simmons winds up playing more outside linebacker or edge rusher than initially expected, Reddick’s days in Arizona will be numbered. It was telling that the Cardinals didn’t pick up his fifth-year option, so Reddick is entering the final season of his rookie deal without a future secured. — Josh Weinfuss
I think Reddick is an easy target because he really has never found a positional niche and as Weinfuss points out, the Cardinals invested in three players to make sure they don’t have to rely on Reddick in Kennard, Simmons and De’Vondre Campbell.
Yet, he is going in with low expectations as a backup where the Cardinals probably need depth (at outside and inside backer). It’ll be his first offseason in the same system as the previous season and finally, his contract is baked in. While there is a small saving, it’s not big enough to justify the lack of depth of cutting him.
A trade where the Cardinals get something may make sense, but just a straight cut seems unlikely.
Who would you say is most on the bubble for the Cardinals?