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Cardinals Trade Anthony Sherman To Chiefs

Posted May 1, 2013

With no place for fullback, deal fetches cornerback Javier Arenas

The Cardinals traded fullback Anthony Sherman (left) to Kansas City Wednesday in exchange for cornerback Javier Arenas (right).

During the March owners meetings, Bruce Arians was asked a general question about his philosophy about using tight ends, it was the fullback position that he noted first.

"I’m not a fullback guy. I never have been,” the Cardinals' coach said.

That was when it first looked like Anthony Sherman's job with the Cards was in jeopardy. Wednesday, that notion was cemented when the Cardinals traded Sherman to the Kansas City Chiefs for cornerback Javier Arenas.

Arenas was a candidate to be moved out as soon as the Chiefs had their own coaching change to Andy Reid, and he joins a host of other cornerback candidates in Arizona: Patrick Peterson, Jerraud Powers, Antoine Cason, Jamell Fleming and Justin Bethel. But Wednesday's deal was more about getting something for Sherman, who just didn't have a place in Arians' new offense.

The Cardinals added two running backs in the draft -- Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington -- to go with Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams. They also drafted tight end D.C. Jefferson, and Arians has talked about using two tight end sets instead of employing a fullback. 

The Cards also have Jim Dray -- who has played H-back in the past -- at tight end, along with Rob Housler, Jeff King and Kory Sperry.

Sherman had served not only as a blocker on offense but also as a special teams captain. He turned out to be a good pick, especially at his fifth-round slot. His departure is less about his work and instead about the position he plays.

“I want tight ends who are multiple,” Arians said in March. “If you are a defensive coordinator and I send a fullback in and take out a tight end, I will get your best call for that. If I have two tight ends (in the game), and you don’t know if one will play fullback or one could split out wide, you’re going to give me a down-and-distance (defensive) call. You don’t have a specific call. The more flexible tight ends can be, threats at receiver or dual in-line backfield blockers, the more pressure you put on the defense.”

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