Linebacker Jordan Hicks has revealed that he requested a trade from the Arizona Cardinals after learning he can't vie for starting job. In this past NFL draft, the Cardinals used their No. 16 pick on linebacker Zaven Collins.
"When everything happened, it was tough to handle," Hicks said, per ESPN. "I respected the fact that he told me straight up. I respected the fact that he told me he was going to work with me to try to honor a trade.
And, so, there's a part of you that respects that, but then there's a part that just wishes you had had an opportunity to compete, which is all I asked for." Hicks has been the team's starter since 2019 and he hasn't missed a game since 2019.
"I think at this point, I think I've proven that I'm a starter in this league by the resume that I have, by the past two years of being here and showing my leadership, showing my play on the field," Hicks said.
"And, so, whether it's here, whether it's somewhere else, if given the opportunity to compete, I think I can have a starting job."
Hicks praises Collins
"I'm gonna be very honest with you, Zaven has done a great job.
He has," Hicks said. "He's really impressed me in his ability to pick up the defense and be out there commanding it, as well. "It's a tough job and takes a lot of responsibility, especially when you've got guys like Chandler Jones and Budda Baker and J.J.
Watt looking back at you to make sure that you're getting the right call in. So, it's a lot, but if you can handle it, you can handle it, and that's part of the game I know, for me, specifically, I love it. That's one thing I excel at."
Hicks, 29, believes he can still help a team win football games. "I don't try to waver who I am," Hicks said. "Whether I'm out there starting or whether I'm not, I'm going to help whoever needs help, because I feel like I've got a lot of knowledge to share."
Hicks underlined that the best players should start for the Cardinals this year. "This year, it's such a make-or-break year," Hicks said. "We've got to win games, and this division isn't getting any easier. "And, so, we've got to focus on winning. We've got to focus on execution."