Cardinals grant WR Andy Isabella to seek trade: report


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Steve Keim speaks to reporters during the NFL Draft on March 1, 2022.

Since the start of the week of Feb. 28, the Arizona Cardinals have continued to make headlines, dating back to the Pro Bowl when Kyler Murray deleted all but two Instagram posts.

Murray and his agent, Erik Burkhardt, gathered a massive contract proposal which was tweeted by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim would later back and support the young quarterback’s beliefs at the March 1 NFL scouting combine.

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A day later, it was announced that the Cardinals extended Kingsbury and Keim throughout the 2027 season. NFL Network Ian Rapoport would later say that Murray is on “their radar in a big way”.

Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill issued a statement in a press release regarding the latest extensions.

“The leadership of Steve and Kliff has been a key factor in the team’s turnaround over the past three seasons,” said Bidwill. “We all look forward to continuing this progress and recognize that these two individuals will play an important role in achieving our long-term goals as an organization.”

There were also news that didn’t get as much love due to the latest team expansions.


Cardinals Grant Exchange Application

According to Josina Anderson of CBS Sports, Cardinals receiver Andy Isabella was cleared to seek a trade. The 2019 second-round pick picked up just one reception in 2021.

Isabella’s Agent said Anderson“I think we all concluded, including the Cardinals, that maybe it would be best for Andy to get a fresh start.”

The report came an hour after the team announced extensions for Kingsbury and Keim. Isabella is the last of three wide receivers (Hakeem Butler, KeeSean Johnson) selected by the Cardinals in the 2019 draft. Should Isabella be traded or released, two of the seven offensive players selected in 2019 would still be on the team (Murray and OL substitute Joshua Miles).

The 5’9 Massachusetts receiver had just 30 catches in his first two seasons with the team. Then the Cardinals drafted second-round receiver Rondale Moore in 2021 and quickly saw his potential, racking up 54 catches for 435 yards.

Isabella is originally from Ohio. CBS Sports Browns reporter Brad Stainbrook was informed that the Browns were interested in the services of the 25-year-old player. The Browns fished out the idea of ​​acquiring Isabella before the 2021 trade deadline.

Patriots reporter Evan Lazar also reported that Isabella’s team was interested in landing in New England.


Cardinals must provide more weapons

If Isabella were to move on, the Cardinals would have DeAndre Hopkins, Rondale Moore and Greg Dortch as their top three contracted receivers for the 2022 season. Christian Kirk and AJ Green are both unrestricted free agents while Antoine Wesley is an exclusive royalty free agent.

Free agency begins March 16, and the Cardinals’ projected salary cap space is $2.4 million. according to ESPN. The cardinals have over $40 million of ceiling space value of “simple” restructurings, according to the Cardinals journalist Darren Urban. This also does not include possible discounts.

But the Cardinals need more point guards and the answer might not just be free agency. The draft is in April and the team could look to add young talent, such as the 2021 addition of Moore.

Still, it’s crucial for the Cardinals to give Murray more weapons. The Cardinals are the only team in the NFC West with a first-round pick and could use that to their advantage. The team traded DeAndre Hopkins in 2020 for a second-round pick, RB David Johnson and a fourth-round pick. Could the team pursue another WR in the trade market like a Calvin Ridley?

Either way, the Cardinals can’t go back in 2022 after a second-half slump in 2021.


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