Originally selected by the Chargers in the first round (27th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals as an unrestricted free agent on 3/15/13.
2012: Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and finished with a career-high 71 tackles … also had two INTs, a team-leading 12 passes defensed, and two forced fumbles … had multiple tackles in all 16 games … totaled four tackles and a pass defensed as part of a defensive effort that held the Titans to just 212 total yards of offense @ Ten (9/16) … recorded seven tackles, three passes defensed and picked off a Matt Ryan pass at the goal line in the fourth quarter vs. Atl (9/23) … collected an INT for the second straight game vs. KC (9/30), picking off Matt Cassel late in the second quarter; marked the Chargers third INT in the first half; it was the third time in his career he posted INTs in back-to-back games … tallied a season-high eight solo tackles and forced his first fumble since the ’10 season on Sunday Night Football @ NO (10/7) … tied for the team lead with six tackles vs. Den (10/15) … recorded seven tackles and a pass defensed @ Bal (11/25) … totaled six solo tackles and forced a fumble that led to San Diego’s only TD vs. Car (12/16); marked his second forced fumble of the season, a career-high … tied a season high with eight tackles @ NYJ (12/23).
2011: Played in all 16 games and made 14 starts, posting 55 tackles, two INTs and a career-high and team-best 15 passes defensed … had two passes defensed in season-opening win vs. Min (9/11); both came on third down plays to force punts, with the second helping to set up the Chargers go-ahead TD drive … broke up pass on potential game-tying two-point conversion attempt with under four minutes remaining in the game to help preserve a victory @ Den (10/9) … picked off a Jay Cutler pass and had a career-long 64-yard return @ Chi (11/20); marked longest INT return by a Charger since 2007 … tipped pass that was intercepted by teammate Eric Weddle in Monday Night Football game @ Jax (12/5); play helped set up a TD that gave San Diego a 24-14 lead … led the team with three passes defensed vs. Buf (12/11) … posted a season-high four passes defensed and picked off a Carson Palmer pass in the fourth quarter in season finale @ Oak (1/1/12).
2010: Appeared in all 16 games with 15 starts while leading the team with a career-high four INTs … totaled 61 tackles, 11 passes defensed, and one forced fumble in his first year as a regular starter … also returned 14 punts for 231 yards on the season … had his first career multi-INT game vs. Jax (9/19), picking off David Garrard twice in the first half; became the first Chargers player with multiple INTs in a game since 2008; also had a forced fumble … recorded a career-high nine tackles with an INT and a team-leading three passes defensed vs. Den (11/22) … had an INT for the second consecutive game @ Ind (11/28), picking off Peyton Manning on the Colts final drive of the game to seal a 36-14 victory … took over punt return duties the final four games of the season … had a 42-yard return to set up a TD vs. KC (12/12) … notched a career-long 62-yard punt return that led to a FG in victory @ Den (1/2/11).
2009: Played in all 16 games with one start and had 29 tackles, two INTs, one pass defensed, and 10 special teams tackles … recorded INTs in each of the first two games of the season: @ Oak (9/14) and vs. Bal (9/20) ... started at CB and sealed season-opening 24-20 victory @ Oak (9/14) with INT of JaMarcus Russell on Oakland’s final play of the game … picked off a Joe Flacco pass in the fourth quarter vs. Bal (9/20) … had one tackle in Divisional Playoff game vs. NYJ (1/17/10).
2008: Saw action in all 16 games and made three starts as a rookie … collected 52 tackles, two INTs, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble, and a career-high 15 special teams tackles … forced a fumble in his first career game vs. Car (9/7) … recorded his first career INT when he picked off Jay Cutler in the fourth quarter @ Den (9/14) … scored his first NFL TD with a 59-yard INT return in the fourth quarter @ TB (12/21); was San Diego’s third TD of the quarter as they came back from down 24-20 to win 41-24 … had a season-high three special teams tackles to help Chargers clinch AFC West title in regular season finale vs. Den (12/28) … started in his playoff debut and recorded five tackles, one pass defensed and two special teams tackles in Wild Card victory vs. Ind (1/3/09) … recorded one tackle in Divisional Playoff game @ Pit (1/11/09).
Enjoyed a highly decorated career at the University of Arizona from 2004-07 … won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back and was an AP and Walter Camp first-team All-American as a senior in ’07 … finished career with 15 INTs, fourth most in school history, and set school records for return yards (349) and return average (23.3) … earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a junior and senior after being named honorable mention all-conference as a freshman and sophomore … won Pac-10 Player of the Week four times during his career, including after his first career game against NAU in ’04 … earned Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 honors from The Sporting News and the Football Writers Association … also ran track from 2006-07, participating in the 200-meter and 4x100-meter relay.
Attended Los Alamitos (CA) High School where he was an All-CIF defensive back … named Sunset League Defensive Back of the Year as a senior … first-team all-league selection as a junior and senior … also lettered in track … has more than a dozen family members who also played Division I college football, including his father, Wendell, who was a defensive back at the University of Oregon and went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons … while at the University of Arizona, he and former teammate, Matt Brooks, created a campaign to fight cancer known as “Cason Cares” in which they sold wristbands and made a donation to the American Cancer Society for cancer research in December, 2007 … majored in Political Science and was co-President of Arizona’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board in 2006-07.