Isaiah Simmons’ widely discussed shift in position turned out to be short-lived during his time in Arizona.

In an unexpected move, the Cardinals orchestrated a trade that sent the former first-round pick to the New York Giants, acquiring a 2024 seventh-round draft pick in return. This transaction sent shockwaves throughout the NFL community, prompting discussions about the decision.

Cardinals’ head coach Jonathan Gannon provided insights into the trade, explaining, “Isaiah lived up to our expectations, but as we move ahead, this strategic direction aligns better with our approach to facing opponents.”

Simmons’ tenure in Arizona was marked by challenges in finding his ideal role. The ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2019, Simmons entered the NFL as a versatile linebacker, celebrated for his exceptional combination of size, speed, and athleticism. This distinctive skill set had NFL experts envisioning his potential impact on the field.

Former Cardinals’ General Manager Steve Keim took a calculated risk by selecting Simmons as the 8th overall pick in the 2020 draft, intrigued by his untapped potential. While Keim’s tenure didn’t extend long enough to address any missteps, his successor, GM Monti Ossenfort, subtly acknowledged the organization’s past miscalculations without uttering a word.

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