According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the Kansas City Chiefs have traded CB Javier Arenas for Arizona Cardinals FB Anthony Sherman.
Source confirms #azcardinals receive CB Javier Arenas from KC. Arenas, Sherman must pass physicals
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) May 1, 2013
You’ve got to be kidding me?
If this is true and there is no other kind of compensation involved, the Chiefs just made an absolutely awful trade. Arenas has been a very good nickel corner for the Chiefs and despite not returning a kick for a TD, an extremely productive return man.
The Chiefs have certainly loaded up at the CB position this year. They have added Sean Smith, Dunta Robinson and will be getting back DeQuan Menzie. The team also draft DB Sanders Commings, though he is projected to play safety.
Arenas played over 700 snaps for the Chiefs in 2012 and finished the season with a +1.0 grade from Pro Football Focus. He had 53 tackles and 14 stops.
Look, Arenas was no world beater but he was no scrub either. He could be very productive at times as a nickel corner. In 2012, Arenas played in slot coverage for 284 snaps. When he was there, Pro Football Focus ranked him as the third best in the NFL.
Arenas has his flaws but I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why the Chiefs think a FB would be a better addition to the team than a veteran CB.