In case you missed the news on other outlets when it broke last night, Robert Alford found a new home pretty quickly. The veteran cornerback, who spent the last six seasons with our Atlanta Falcons, wound up with the Arizona Cardinals on a three year deal.
It was a given that Alford was not going to struggle for work, even considering his grim 2018. There were rumblings aplenty that he was injured last year, and he was legitimately good as recently as 2017. A team like the Cardinals, which seems to cycle through options opposite Patrick Peterson, is a nice fit for Alford, who will be looking to bounce back and will get ample opportunity to do so.
The addition gives the Cardinals a pretty formidable secondary, assuming Alford does return to form somewhat in 2019. That’ll help them because they’re a team rebuilding virtually everywhere else, with a young quarterback, shaky receiving corps, offensive line with holes, and defensive front seven with tons of holes. The Falcons, meanwhile, will roll forward with Desmond Trufant, Isaiah Oliver, Brian Poole, Damontae Kazee and any additions they make in free agency and the draft. If Oliver steps up the way his talent suggests he can, that’ll be a pretty good set of cornerbacks.
Again, we wish Alford well, but we also think he’s going to get crisped by Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley when these two teams play later this year.