Cardinals news: Arizona makes final decision on Haason Reddick's option
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Report: Cardinals make final decision on Haason Reddick’s 5th-year option

Haason Reddick, Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have declined their fifth-year option on linebacker Haason Reddick, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Reddick is slated to earn $2.3 million in 2020.

The 25-year-old is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played every game and registered 76 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and six passes defended.

Reddick, who played his collegiate football at Temple, was originally selected by the Cardinals in the first round (13th pick overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.

He appeared in every contest during his rookie year, finishing with 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a couple of forced fumbles. The following season, Reddick once again played in all 16 games, recording 80 stops, four sacks, a forced fumble and five passes defended in what has been his most productive campaign to date.

While Reddick is durable and has been a decent contributor, he has not performed the way Arizona hoped he would when it took him with such a high draft pick a few years ago.

Reddick was also part of a Cardinals defense that ranked dead last in the league this past season.

The good news for Reddick is that Arizona has made some improvements to its ailing defense this offseason, which could open him up for a better year in 2020.

The Cardinals went 5-10-1 in 2019 and have missed the playoffs four years in a row. However, the club has made great strides over the last month-and-a-half, swinging a trade for star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and making several other eye-opening moves through both free agency and the draft.