The Arizona Cardinals released cornerback Robert Alford this week in a move that saved the team $7.5 million in cap space. However, he is back with the team, according to a report by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
The Cardinals have re-signed Alford to a one-year contract. It is likely somewhere near the league minimum and perhaps has incentives.
Cornerback Robert Alford returning to Arizona on a one-year deal, per source. Released this week, Cardinals wanted to bring him back and do just that.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 12, 2021
He originally signed a three-year, $22.5 million deal with the Cardinals in 2019 but suffered season-ending injuries in training camp each year. In 2019, he broke his leg. In 2020, he tore his pectoral muscle.
He is 32 years old and enters his ninth season. He began his career playing for the Atlanta Falcons for six seasons.
He has 10 career interceptions and 85 career pass breakups. Each year in training camp, he looked good and is a solid cornerback. If he stays healthy, he will likely start for the Cardinals.
Even with this move, the Cardinals likely will still add at least one veteran cornerback in free agency and they likely will draft one next month.
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