The Cardinals, looking to clear some salary cap space and beginning the roster overhaul with a new general manager and new head coach, began making some moves Friday by releasing cornerback William Gay and linebacker Stewart Bradley.
The moves will slice approximately $7 million off the Cards’ salary cap, putting them in compliance with a cap that has been set at $123 million, up from $120.6 million of a season ago.
Gay was signed as a free agent in 2012, inking a two-year contract. He started 15 games in 2012, making 60 tackles with a pair of interceptions, a sack and three forced fumbles, but was never viewed as a long-term solution at starter across from
Bradley was a bigger disappointment. Signed to a five-year, $25 million contract following the 2011 lockout, he was expected to come in and supplant
Bradley had just nine tackles all last season, and seven came in the regular-season finale after Lenon left early with an injury. He did have six tackles on special teams.
There is much to determine for the Cards now at both linebacker and in the secondary. Walker and Washington are the only key inside linebackers under contract with Bradley’s departure and Lenon’s impending free agency. The Cards not only let Gay go, but cornerbacks
Bradley took a pay cut, from a $5 million 2012 salary to $2.5M, just to stay on the roster. His salary was due to be at $5M again this season. Gay had been scheduled to make $3.2M after a playing time escalator bumped his salary well over the original $1.475M.
The moves also buy some time for the Cardinals to make other roster decisions, should they choose to wait. The $13.5M cap number of quarterback