There have been recent rumblings about Baltimore listening to trade talks for defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan lately. Head Coach John Harbaugh confirmed that teams are interested in him, but did not reveal whether the Ravens are interested in shipping him away.
Should the Ravens trade away their starting defensive tackle just because he is in a contract year? Absolutely not.
Jernigan has been a fan favorite ever since his second-round selection in a draft where he was considered top-20 talent. He’s also coming off his best year yet, making five sacks, a fumble recovery, and an interception.
He hasn’t broken out yet, though. Trading him away for a late-round pick now would be a mistake, when he could break out for Baltimore this season. If Baltimore can’t match his contract demands next season, they could get a better compensatory pick for him in 2019. I would take that over a 5th-rounder (hypothetically) in 2018.
He started off hot in 2016, recording four sacks in the first seven games, but fizzled over the last nine weeks. This season looked like it would be Jernigan’s breakout season, but he has showed inconsistency problems throughout his career.
Jernigan recorded one tackle in the final four weeks with Baltimore in good position to claim the AFC North crown. Players with inconsistency problems won’t be looking at a trade value over a late 4th-rounder at best.
Harbaugh believes this will be Jernigan’s best year yet, and I completely agree. Players perform in contract years (anyone remember Joe Flacco’s magical 2012 post season?). It could be that the timing is beneficial for contract years (after four years for draftees, three for undrafted players), meaning players who need development finally find their niche around year four. But, as everyone knows, money talks, and will bring out a player’s best season when it’s on the line.
Unless a team loves Jernigan’s potential, and is willing to part ways with a 2nd/early 3rd-rounder in this draft, moving him doesn’t make sense for this team right now.
The New England Patriots have become popular for this thinking lately. They traded star players Chandler Jones (Arizona Cardinals) and Jamie Collins (Cleveland Browns) for immediate returns rather than waiting. I could see Baltimore going this route, if Jernigan was as productive/well-known as those players.
But, Jernigan isn’t on the level of a Jones or Collins, yet. Wait until his deal expires to decide whether he is worth the money keeping, or the compensation in return.
Who knows, he could end up being a key contributor to magical season for Baltimore this year.
Cardinals Acquire Kenyan Drake
The Arizona Cardinals have acquired veteran running back Kenyan Drake from the Miami Dolphins for a conditional 2020 draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Per the report, the Dolphins will receive a 2020 sixth-round pick that can become a fifth-round pick as part of the deal.
The move had been expected since it was announced that Drake was not traveling with the Dolphins for their Monday Night tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and a Drake trade had been rumored since the start of the season.
While Drake e has been historically under-utilized during his tenure with the Dolphins, and seemed to be towards the bottom of the backfield rotation,at times, this season.
Drake has rushed for 174 yards this season.
The Cardinals add a playmaking element to a backfield in desperate need of some help as both David Johnson and Chase Edmonds have been dealing with injuries that are likely to keep them from playing in Thursday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Drake is expected to be available for that game, and could also contribute in special teams as well.
Drake is in a contract year, and could get a chance to get some solid playing time in the Cardinals’ backfield.
For the Dolphins, it is another pick added to an impressive stockpile for the 2020 draft. Miami has 13 total picks in 2020 including three first round picks, two second rounders, and two expected compensatory pick, and their own draft pick is expected to be the #1 overall pick.
Cardinals Owner Bill Bidwill Dies at 88
Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill died on Wednesday at the age of 88 while surrounded by his family and loved ones, according to a team announcement.
Bidwill is survived by his five children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
“We are overwhelmed by the support our family has received, not only now but throughout the latest chapter of his life,” Bidwill’s son, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, said in a release (h/t ESPN). “We are especially grateful to the nurses, doctors and other caregivers whose endless kindness and compassion in recent years have made our dad’s life so meaningful.
“Above all else, we will remember him as a man devoted to the three central pillars of his life — his immense faith, his love for his family and his life-long passion for the Cardinals and the sport of football.”
Bill Bidwill’s father, Charles, bought the Chicago Cardinals in 1932 and Bill has been associated with the organization for eight decades, starting as a ball boy as a child and went to work for the team full time back in 1960, which was the team’s first season i St. Louis.
Bill become owner back in 1972 and moved the team to Arizona in 1988.
“Bill Bidwill was part of the NFL family his entire life, starting from his days as a ball boy through his time as an owner,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a an official statement.
“Although never one to seek the spotlight, Bill had an incredible sense of humor and he made extraordinary contributions to the NFL. Bill’s vision brought the Cardinals, the NFL and multiple Super Bowls to Arizona. He was a leader in embracing diversity and employed the first African American female executive, and the first African American general manager and head coach tandem. We extend our condolences to Bill’s family and the Cardinals organization, which along with his faith, meant so much to him.”
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Cardinals Sign Michael Crabtree
It took two times, but the Arizona Cardinals were finally able to finalize a deal with veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
According to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss, the Cardinals have added Crabtree on a one-year deal that was inked on Wednesday night, and comes two weeks after the team had Crabtree in for a tryout during training camp.
The addition of Crabtree came on the same day that the Cardinals released wide receiver Kevin White, and on the same week that rookie wide receiver Hakeem Butler suffered a fractured hand.
Crabtree and the Cardinals were unable to workout a deal the first time around as the two sides were not able to agree on the financial aspects of the contract.
The release of White is another disappointing turn in his career. A former highly-touted first round pick of the Chicago Bears back in 2015, White has been unable to stay healthy and was limited to only 14 games during his four years in Chicago, which led to his exit from the Bears.
White had been hoping to turn things around with a fresh start in Arizona, but now he will have to try and find a new team to get on board with.
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