Rumor: Cardinals open to trading Haason Reddick, Deone Bucannon
Some teams have apparently begun internal discussions about the availability of the two, who have seen their roles within the scheme of new defensive coordinator Al Holcomb limited.
Reddick, 24, was the Cardinals’ 13th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He came into the league with the reputation as a terrific athlete who could potentially blossom into a top pass rusher. However, he saw his playing time slip late last season under head coach Steve Wilks due to underwhelming performances, and he has been unable to regain it this year.
He’s lost his starting strong side linebacker job to journeyman Gerald Hodges due to his inability to grasp the new defensive system, and it does not seem like the team intends to make a change back anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Buccanon is another former first-round pick who has been a regular starter for the Cardinals since coming into the league in 2014. He has thrived in his role of a hybrid safety/linebacker, which has gained popularity around the league over the past few years.
But with the change in defense this season, his smaller stature has not been a good fit in the new defense, which has also seen his playing time reduced.
The Cardinals are 1-4 on the season and clearly have their eye on building for the future with young quarterback Josh Rosen. If they can recoup any value with Reddick or get a decent price for Buccanon in trades, they will likely be inclined to do so.