“What’s it like being traded after just your first season?” is a question that seems to be asked to me a lot lately. The answer isn’t as simple as people seem to think it is. It’s a lot of different emotions and they all come at you like a whirlwind that you can’t seem to wrap your head around. I’ll make it as simple as I can though; my eyes are now open.
I’m not mad I’m an Arizona Cardinal. If anything, that’s the positive in all of this. Arizona is building something special and I’m happy to be a part of it with this group of guys. The fact that Arizona thought enough of me to give up a future 1st round pick tells me everything I need to know about my expectations in the desert. But just because I’m not mad that I’m a Cardinal doesn’t mean that I’m not mad I’m no longer a Bronco. I’m pissed I’m no longer a Bronco. The trio of myself, Demaryius Thomas, and Emmanuel Sanders had something special going on. Or at least I thought we did. Those guys told me last year not to take the NFL for granted and I thought I knew what they were talking about, but I was obviously not on the same page.
I finished the year tied for 2nd on the team in catches (47), 3rd in yards (751), and 2nd in TD’s (7) for my team. I felt like I had a good year. When GM Donnell called me up to the office and informed me I had been traded, he said it was because he felt the Broncos were in win now mode and a future 1st rounder helped prolong that window. But I could have been that window. I could have been the guy to take the reins and help lead that team to Super Bowls. Instead, I’ll give Arizona 110% of everything I have. K.J. Wright is right. “The disrespect is real.”
Now that I’m an Arizona Cardinal, I’m looking at this as a continuation of my growth and not a fresh start. I played good ball last year and just because I’m on a new team, that doesn’t go away. The goal this year is to show I can be the #1 receiver for Josh (Rosen). DeVante Parker has been a great mentor in the couple days we’ve been able to sit down and talk routes, breaks etc. Christian Kirk has spent a ton of time talking to us about the nuances of the offense, as this’ll be his 2nd year with this coaching staff. I’m excited to hit training camp and see what kind of noise we can make. One thing is for sure though, I’m all in with this team because I need them to be all in with me. I don’t ever want to have to get called up to the GM office and have them tell me I’m no longer looked at as a piece their organization needs to win a Super Bowl. I want to be the guy others are calling about because they want to win a championship. And I want the Cardinals to know that’s a stupid move because I’m their best option. I’ve got a lot of work to do to get to that point, but I’m ready to get started ASAP.