Saturday, February 15, 2014
Agent: Bryan McCann wants starting job
By Josh Weinfuss
Cornerback Bryan McCann has never started a game in his four seasons in the NFL, but his agent hopes that’ll change in 2014.
“We’re looking for a starting spot,” John Biggins told ESPN.com. “That’s his desire. I believe he can do that.”
Biggins expects talks with the Cardinals to intensify after free agency starts on March 11, which gives Arizona time to evaluate players at the NFL combine as well as those free agents the team wants to pursue.
McCann is one of the Cardinals’ 15 unrestricted agents heading into the offseason. He spent last training camp with the team before being released on Sept. 1. McCann was re-signed on Nov. 19 in place of Teddy Williams, who went down with an Achilles injury. For the rest of the season, McCann played solely on special teams, primarily as a gunner opposite Justin Bethel.
It’s unlikely Bethel will become one of Arizona’s starting cornerbacks but Biggins believes McCann can find a role as a third corner in nickel packages, a job that was occupied by versatile safety Tyrann Mathieu last season until he was injured in Week 14 and then assumed by veteran corner Antoine Cason.
However, McCann’s best chance at making the 2014 Cardinals is as a kick returner and gunner. Arizona’s kick returner last season was Javier Arenas, an unrestricted free agent who didn’t impress in 2013.
“Ultimately, I think that he’s an excellent returner,” Biggins said. “He wasn’t afforded the opportunity to return kicks or punts. I think they’ll give him the opportunity to do that. He’s electric. He scored when he was doing that with the Cowboys.”
McCann, who played at Southern Methodist University in Texas, had two touchdowns his rookie season, 2010, with Dallas. One was a 101-yard interception return and the other was a 97-yard punt return. He may get an opportunity as a backup corner but the punt return duties are Patrick Peterson’s for the duration of his stay in Arizona.
Biggins expressed McCann’s desire to return to the Cardinals, which he expects to happen based on McCann’s exit interviews with Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, general manager Steve Keim and other coaches.
“Based on my conversations with them, I expect the Cardinals to sign him,” Biggins said. “He believes the Cardinals are a team on the rise. He likes playing with them.”