Cardinals replace Tony Jefferson with Antoine Bethea

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The Cardinals knew they were going to lose safety Tony Jefferson, so they’ve already replaced him.

According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals have agreed to a three-year deal with strong safety Antoine Bethea.

The 49ers released the veteran safety yesterday, and it didn’t take him long to find a home.

He had spent three years in San Francisco, after spending the first eight years of his career with the Colts.

He’s a solid starter, and while he’s older and maybe not as good as Jefferson, he’s a lot cheaper, and that matters for a team that’s about to sign Chandler Jones to a long-term deal.

10 responses to “Cardinals replace Tony Jefferson with Antoine Bethea

  1. Pretty underwhelming, hoping for Swearing.

    This contract runs until he’s 36 years old. Does he have the athleticism to play that long? I’ll reserve judgement until I see the numbers, but this is a little disappointing.

  2. A smart signing by Keim. A cheaper veteran who won’t count against the draft pick comp equation. A great locker room guy who is a solid tackler & plays well in the box. The length of the contract really doesn’t matter due to contracts not being fully guaranteed.

  3. I don’t imagine Arizona broke the bank for Bethea.

    You don’t give a significant amount of guaranteed money to a 33 yr old safety.

    I think you can do worse in terms of a stop gap at safety.

  4. The Cards will be missing Calais Campbell up front and now Jefferson in the secondary. Bethea’s lost a lot in the last couple of seasons…in coverage and chasing down runners. Niners cut him because of those factors…good luck, Cards.

  5. Good move.

    Teams that can’t overpay to keep players, need to find solid value somewhere else.

    That’s what this is. Solid value. How solid depends on the money in the deal. Pretty safe to say, it should be significantly less then what Jefferson is getting.

  6. Just a depth piece, I assume for around the vet minimum. I’m ok with this. His style of play as an in-the-box safety fits well in the Cards secondary with their propensity to blitz often. Plus he’s a great leader and will provide some mentoring to the young DBs

  7. You guys enjoy him missing tackles and/or trying to arm tackle Carlos Hyde…

    -Trent Balke

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