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Cardinals Begin To Cut Down Roster

Influx of undrafted rookies means team must release players


The Cardinals released CB C.J. Goodwin Tuesday as they attempt to get to 90 players.

With 30 rookies set to join the team – six draft picks and 24 undrafted free agents – the Cardinals were going to have to make some cuts to make sure their offseason roster was at the NFL limit of 90

The Cards began that process Tuesday, releasing cornerbacks C.J. Goodwin and Jarell Carter, running back Darius Victor and long snapper Drew Williams. They also waived/injured linebacker Gabe Martin, who tore his Achilles during offseason work.

The Cardinals are still going to have to let another four players go at some point to get to 90, although they have time – the undrafted rookies do not count against the roster until they sign their contracts prior to rookie minicamp next week.

The Cardinals have reinforcements for all the positions impacted by the cuts.

Cornerback Chris Campbell was the team's sixth-round pick and the Cardinals also are signing three undrafted corners – West Virginia's Elijah Battle, South Florida's Deatrick Nichols and Ferris State's Tavierre Thomas.

Victor was a potential fullback in Mike McCoy's offense, but the Cards signed Wisconsin fullback Austin Ramesh, and current running back Elijhaa Penny is also expected to get a look at the position.

At linebacker, the Cardninals added four undrafted rookies: Sioux Falls' Dennis Gardeck, San Jose State's Frank Ginda Yale's Matthew Oplinger and Southern Utah's Mike Needham.

The Cardinals already have their long snapper in returner Aaron Brewer.

Images from more Phase Two work Monday as the vets return to field

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