Arizona Cardinals Safety Budda Baker has recently requested a trade. The Eagles have been linked to him due to the loss of C.J. Gardner-Johnson.
Before the Super Bowl, Budda Baker appeared on Kay Adams’ show, Up & Adams, to talk about his 2022 season and the Cardinals’ future. When asked about what qualities he wants in a head coach. Here is what Baker had this to say,
“I like real. Just be real. You know, whatever that is. Just be yourself. Don’t be anything else, don’t be anything different. You don’t have to try and put up any type of front with anybody. Be who you are. Whether that’s, you know, a loud mouth or a quite more, you know, humble’ish type of person so. Just be whoever you are and then we’ll go from there.”
He went on to say, “Something that I really like is that Eagles coach. Um, he’s who he is.” As Kay Adams mentioned Nick Sirianni by name, Baker continued and said, “Exactly. Just seeing that. It’s definitely special as a player.”
When former Cleveland Browns defensive back Greedy Williams signed with the Eagles, he mentioned that he wanted to play for Nick Sirianni. He saw Sirianni talk up a player on the sidelines during a joint practice between the Eagles and the Browns.
The culture that Sirianni has created with Eagles, has other players around the league taking notice. Baker’s praise for Sirianni is bound to spark rumors of the Eagles being in the mix for him.
Baker finished last season with 111 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 7 passes deflected in 15 games with Cardinals last season.
Cardinals Pro Bowl safety Budda Baker. Photo courtsey of The Athletic