A new coach and a new general manager usually means a new roster, and that process continued to pick up momentum Saturday.
A day after the Cardinals released veteran safety Adrian Wilson, the team cut another veteran in wide receiver Early Doucet. The move clears about $2 million in salary cap space, or about the same amount it cost to tender restricted free agent quarterback
Doucet, who missed the final three games of 2013 with a concussion, never could rise high enough on the depth chart and fell behind
Hoyer’s restricted free agent status made it all but a certainty the Cardinals would keep him with a tender offer, given their quarterback problems and a dearth of decent quarterbacks on the open market. The team is still expected to draft a quarterback in April and their activity in free agency depends on what they decide to do with
Kolb is due a $2 million roster bonus on March 17, although the decision is expected to come a day or two earlier.
Originally, Hoyer was expected to be tendered at the low offer of $1.3 million, but that wouldn’t have cost any team to sign him away. Now, not only can the Cardinals match any contract offer made to Hoyer, if they choose to let him go the Cardinals must receive a 2013 second-round draft pick in return.