Cornerback Tharold Simon has left the Seahawks, but he won’t be leaving the NFC West.
The Cardinals have claimed Simon on waivers, a day after he was released by Seattle.
A fifth-round pick in 2013, Simon was perhaps best known for becoming the focal point of the New England attack after cornerback Jeremy Lane exited Super Bowl XLIX with a broken arm. The team still had high hopes for Simon, before abruptly dumping him after the first game of the 2016 regular season, in which Simon didn’t play.
He carries with him to Phoenix more than three years of experience with Seattle, including knowledge of the team’s offseason and preseason preparations for a 2016 effort to compete with the Cardinals. The two teams meet on October 23 for Sunday Night Football, and they square off again on Christmas Eve.
The fact that the Cardinals won the rights to Simon means not many teams made a waivers claim. The 2015 priority continues until Week Three, with the Cardinals near the bottom thanks to their final-four success a season ago.