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Cardinals claim Tharold Simon off waivers

The Arizona Cardinals continue to look for a solution at cornerback, this time turning to the waiver wire to do so.

The Arizona Cardinals have no shortage of former LSU Tigers on their defense, and on Wednesday, they added another one of Les Miles' former players.

Arizona announced Wednesday afternoon it claimed former Seahawks' cornerback Tharold Simon off of waivers just a day after Seattle let Simon go. To make room for Simon, the Cardinals announced they waived injured special teams asset Lamar Louis, who also played his college ball in Baton Rouge.

Simon was a fifth round draft choice of the Seahawks in 2013, but played in just 11 regular games with the Seahawks from 2013 to 2016. Simon's most active season came in 2014 when he appeared in 10 games, recorded five starts, and notched his lone career interception.

When Simon was drafted out of LSU, many thought he had the potential to develop into a starter in the NFL, but injuries have limited his effectiveness to date.

During training camp this season, Simon competed with DeShawn Shead for the Seahawks' third cornerback role, but lost out on the job and ended up being cut by Seattle after the team's season-opening win over Miami on Sunday.

The Arizona Cardinals have experienced a significant amount of trouble at cornerback since the start of training camp, as neither rookie Brandon Williams or veteran Justin Bethel has emerged as a clear second option opposite of Patrick Peterson

Williams earned the start in Sunday's opener against New England, but struggled against the Patriots and blew a coverage that led to a first half touchdown for the Patriots. Williams also missed a tackle on rookie Malcolm Mitchell on a critical third down play late in the game that allowed Mitchell to scamper into the red zone and set up a New England score.

Arizona was hoping late-summer free agent acquisition Mike Jenkins would develop into a potential contributor at cornerback, but Jenkins tore his ACL in the third preseason contest and was placed on injured reserve. 

After the conclusion of the preseason, Cardinals' general manager Steve Keim traded for Kansas City Chiefs' cornerback Marcus Cooper who was likely going to be cut if Arizona had not acquired him. Cooper did not play at cornerback on Sunday, but had only practiced with the Cardinals for one week. 

Simon's addition gives the Cardinals another defensive back from LSU, as both Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu matriculated directly from the Tigers' program to Arizona. Inside linebacker Kevin Minter also hails from LSU. 


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