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Cardinals secondary thrive on depth but could absorb trade

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim made news on Thursday when he said the team has enough depth at certain positions to be active in the trade market from now until the end of training camp.

But Keim didn’t elaborate on which positions he was referring to.

From Monday to Wednesday, I’m previewing three positions that are deep enough to absorb a trade.

The third: Secondary

Current roster: CB Patrick Peterson, CB Jerraud Powers, CB Justin Bethel, CB Alfonzo Dennard, CB Cariel Brooks, CB Jimmy Legree, CB C.J. Roberts, CB Damond Smith, CB Eddie Whitley, CB Darren Woodard, S Rashad Johnson, S Tyrann Mathieu, S Deone Bucannon, S Tony Jefferson, S D.J. Campbell, S Chris Clemons, S Harold Jones-Quartey, S Brandon Person

Potential trade bait: Dennard, Legree, Jefferson, Clemons

Analysis: Position flexibility is becoming a trademark for the Cardinals’ secondary, especially with Mathieu reporting to offseason workouts healthy and Bucannon getting more reps at his natural position of strong safety. Arizona can do a lot of lineup shuffling, especially in nickel. The Cardinals will likely start Powers at right corner, but he can move into the slot while Bethel takes over outside. Or Mathieu could play slot corner, if needed, as well. Or both Mathieu and Powers can play slot with Bethel playing wide.

See? With that being the case, I can see Dennard being an option to move because if Bethel is a priority to groom at corner, Dennard may not get much action behind Peterson. Dennard is an outside corner that has experience, something that could be of value late in training camp. Legree isn’t exactly a big name but he’s had an impressive offseason and a team could get a solid role corner with him. Jefferson has been a major contributor to the secondary but with Mathieu healthy and Bucannon playing more safety, Jefferson’s role may be reduced again -- just like it was when Mathieu came back from his injury last season. Clemons is a veteran who didn't play a defensive snap last season but could be of value because of his leadership and experience.