Cardinals sign CB Robert Alford to 3-year deal
It didn’t take long for Robert Alford to find a new job in the NFL. Just two days after falling to the unemployment line when he was cut by the Atlanta Falcons to clear some cap space, Alford inked a three-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
The #AZCardinals signed CB Robert Alford to a 3-year deal worth $22.5M base, worth up to $24M, source said. He gets $13.5M guaranteed. Helps AZ a ton on D and another nice payday for Alford.
Alford has indeed hit pay dirt with his newest NFL contract. He was supposed to earn $8.5 million in 2019 before Atlanta decided to cut him loose.
Apart from the space he would have eaten up on Atlanta’s cap space, one big reason for the end Alford’s marriage with the Falcons was his poor play in the 2018 season. In 15 games played, he was not able to come up with an interception. It was the first time since Alford entered the NFL in 2013 that he finished a campaign with a pick to show on his stat sheet. He was only ranked 105th among cornerbacks last season, but a change in scenery could lead to him recapturing his top form.
That’s what the Cardinals are hoping to see from Alford after the team finished last season tied with the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers with the second-fewest interceptions in the league with seven.
Alford was selected by the Falcons in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.