The Arizona Cardinals weren’t exactly an active team during the offseason.
Despite the Cardinals’ lack of outside talent, one analyst called a Cardinals gain a major regret.
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Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox recently wrote about a major regret for every NFL team during the 2022 offseason.
The Cardinals traded their #23 overall pick to the Baltimore Ravens for wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Knox’s choice.
“In Arizona,[Marquise]Brown will be reunited with his Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, which might help his production somewhat,” Knox said. “However, he’s a nice complementary receiver, not a #1 wideout. In the short term, Brown will be cheaper than Kirk because he has two years left on his rookie contract. Arizona will eventually have to pay Brown, however, and he’ll likely cost a lot more than Kirk given the rising cost of wide receivers.”
Knox continued, “The Cardinals gave up much for a receiver who has proven little. They should have kept Kirk instead.”
Baltimore traded the No. 23 pick for the 25th pick and a fourth-rounder to the Buffalo Bills. Eventually, the Ravens brought in number 25 Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum.
Brown was a first-round pick by the Ravens in 2019. His best season ended in 2021 with 91 receptions for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games. Brown will replace wide receiver Christian Kirk, who transferred to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the free hand.
With receiver DeAndre Hopkins suspended for the first six games of 2022, trading the Oklahoma product makes even more sense — especially since Brown can reunite with fellow college quarterback Kyler Murray.
During Brown’s two years with Murray, he had 132 catches for 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns. With all the controversy surrounding Murray’s future in Arizona, this deal can see both sides working in harmony. Both Murray and Brown attended the team’s mandatory mini-camp. While both showed up in just one of the team’s three weeks of volunteer OTAs, they trained together in the Dallas area during the offseason.
Murray updated Brown on the team’s signals on offense.
“A lot of the signals I already knew because we were working on them, so it helped me a lot,” Brown said of Sports Illustrated’s Aaron Decker.