Justin Bethel signed with the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, and his departure from the Cardinals at this point was all but a formality. Both sides were ready to move on. Bethel's time as a cornerback did not go well in Arizona, and he had multiple chances to earn the job. His struggles, however, should not cloud the fact he was a Pro Bowl special teams player for a number of years, and turned out to be a very good sixth-round draft pick.
"Two numbers and 6 years later. I've made so many memories and brothers for a life time. I can't thank the Arizona Cardinals organization and fans for welcoming me with open arms," Bethel wrote on Instagram.
The other thing I'll remember about Bethel is that he was always a standup guy when it came to his cornerback play. He stood and answered the questions, even when the subject wasn't good. It will be interesting to see how the Falcons deploy him. He most certainly will be a special teamer first, but as a slot corner -- which never was really a spot he was going to play in Arizona with Tyrann Mathieu -- he had some good stretches.