Atlanta Falcons’ Darqueze Dennard # 34 defends a pass to Hunter Henry # 86 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the second quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)
The Arizona Cardinals signed a one-year contract with cornerback Darqueze Dennard on Thursday.
In addition, the team gave up wide receiver Krishawn Hogan. Moves maintain the lineup of up to 90 Cardinals players.
Dennard is heading for the desert after spending 2020 with the Atlanta Falcons. In eight games (six starts), Dennard recorded 36 tackles, one interception and five defended passes.
Prior to his time in Atlanta, the cornerback played six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals’ first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, former Michigan State Spartan recorded 274 tackles, three interceptions, 22 defended passes and three forced fumbles over the six years (77 games). He also returned an interception for a touchdown.
Dennard’s arrival pairs the cornerback with defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who was Dennard’s defensive backs coach from 2014-2015 in Cincinnati.
Dennard gives the Cardinals more depth at the cornerback position. Aside from Byron Murphy Jr., Robert Alford and Jace Whittaker, the cornerback room is full of new faces.
With the departure of Patrick Peterson and Dr. Kirkpatrick as a free agent, the Cardinals came out and added Malcolm Butler early in this offseason.
Arizona didn’t stop there, adding Tay Gowan and Marco Wilson in the NFL Draft. The team also signed free agent Tae Hayes in May.