We have a trade in the desert.
The Arizona Cardinals haven’t been pleased with the cornerback spot opposite All-Pro CB Patrick Peterson.
On Friday, the team addressed the issue.
Arizona acquired corner Marcus Cooper from the Kansas City Chiefs for a conditional 2018 draft pick, the team announced.
Those not named Patrick Peterson have struggled at corner for Arizona during the preseason. Justin Bethel has a lingering foot issue, and both Brandon Williams and Cariel Brooks struggled in the team’s 38-17 preseason win over the Denver Broncos, prompting general manager Steve Keim to make a move.
The team has also lost veterans Mike Jenkins (ACL) and Alan Ball (quadriceps) for the season.
Cooper comes to Arizona after having started 11 games with Kansas City in three years. He was named Chiefs rookie of the year in 2013 for posting 44 tackles and 3 interceptions in his rookie campaign. Cooper saw his playing time dip dramatically over the last two seasons, when he had just 23 tackles.
The Cardinals are hoping Cooper can regain the ability he showed as a rookie. Arizona’s defensive back group is a little concerning. The silver lining is that playmaking safety Tyrann Mathieu is expected to be ready for action in Week 1 as he continues to recover from a torn ACL sustained last season.