With the 2021 NFL offseason in full swing there are still plenty of moves to be made.
While most fans are completely enamored with Julio Jones and where he ends up, even hoping that is with the Arizona Cardinals, it is unlikely we will see that.
However, Bill Barnwell wrote about all the post June 1 moves we could see come to fruition and that includes a move by the Arizona Cardinals.
Steven Nelson, CB
Prediction: signs one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals
One of the casualties created as Pittsburgh attempted to get under the salary cap, Nelson didn’t attract any trade interest on his prior deal before being released. Despite reports that 14 teams have inquired about the former Chiefs cornerback, none of those teams have actually gotten a deal over the finish line. Per Pro Football Reference, Nelson allowed a 97.0 passer rating last year, up more than 31 points from his 2019 mark with the Steelers.
Plenty of teams need cornerback help, but the Cardinals appear to be punting on it. Arizona did use a pair of midround picks at corner, but its current starters on the outside appear to be Malcolm Butler and Robert Alford. Butler is a viable reclamation project, but Alford hasn’t played since 2018 as a result of injuries. Nelson would give the Cardinals a replacement in their lineup for Patrick Peterson and prevent them from having to count on Alford to stay healthy.
For the Cardinals, it would be a great get to end up with both Butler and Nelson this offseason, paired with Byron Murphy Jr. and the young players Marco Wilson and Tay Gowan learning.
At $4.5 million, it will be interesting to see if this were to come true.
What do you think?