It's just one year into C.J. Henderson's NFL career and it's looking like he could already be moving on to his second team. The Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly are open to dealing their former first-round pick
Henderson was held to eight games last season due to injury, but he still looked impressive whenever he took the field. He ended his first NFL campaign with 36 total tackles, 6 passes defended, a forced fumble and an interception. Considering how he's only 22 years old, you can bet that plenty of teams will be interested in his services.
Here's a look at the three most likely Henderson trade destinations.
C.J. Henderson Trade Rumors
1. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons were one of the worst teams against the pass in 2020. They gave up a league-leading 293.6 passing yards and 2.1 passing touchdowns (T-2nd) per game, which shows that the secondary has to improve a lot if Atlanta wants to compete this season. Acquiring a young player like Henderson could certainly help in that regard. He finished this past season with a 57.9 overall grade from ProFootballFocus, which falls in line with the other cornerbacks on the Falcons' roster. Still, the fact that he's only a sophomore means he's younger than most of the other options. If Atlanta's coaching staff helps Henderson work on his upside, he can become a mainstay in their secondary for years to come.
2. Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals offer a great situation for Henderson. For starters, Malcolm Butler and Robert Alford are the team's top cornerbacks. Playing alongside a two-time Super Bowl champion like Butler would allow Henderson to learn from someone with a lot more experience than him. There's also the fact that the veteran is only on a one-year deal, so there's no guarantee that he'll be back in 2022. If that's the case, Arizona would be wise to have a young backup option like Henderson. There's also the fact that Alford hasn't played in the NFL since 2018 due to injuries, so there's no telling how he'll hold up over a 17-game season. His past inconsistencies and uncertain future could open the door for Henderson to see more playing time.
3. Dallas Cowboys
The 2020 NFL season was one to forget for the Dallas Cowboys after QB Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending ankle injury. Now that he's healed up, the defense could use some improvements. The Cowboys also gave up 2.1 passing touchdowns per game last year despite only allowing an average of 227.6 yards through the air per game (11th). Dallas' cornerback depth is quite underwhelming at the momentum, especially with Anthony Brown — who had a 48.3 PFF coverage grade in 2020 — set to receive significant reps. The Cowboys can't afford another disappointing finish in a pretty weak NFC East division, so going after a cornerback with a high upside like Henderson may help them creep ahead of the pack.
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