The Cardinals are done on the field for the offseason, but with vacations looming, the team still made a roster move Thursday when they released cornerback David Amerson.
The move comes as somewhat of a surprise, given Patrick Peterson’s six-game suspension looming to start the regular season and Amerson owner of 61 NFL starts in his career. The move speaks well of the progress by second-round pick Byron Murphy, and also that the Cardinals may have found other potential help down the depth chart.
The cut means the Cardinals have 89 players on the roster, giving them an open spot for now should they decide to sign someone else or claim a player on waivers without having to make a corresponding move. The Cards remain at the top of the NFL’s waiver claim list.
NFL Network reported Thursday the Cardinals are hosting former Dolphins pass rusher Andre Branch for a visit. Branch, a second-round pick of the Jaguars in 2012, has 25½ career sacks.
Amerson, who had been signed in-season in 2018, played six games and started five for the Cardinals last year. He had one interception.
Free-agent signee Robert Alford will start at one of the cornerback spots. Peterson will be the other starter once he returns from suspension (Peterson will participate in training camp and the preseason). Murphy remains an option to start in Peterson’s place, as does veteran Tramaine Brock Sr.
The other cornerbacks on the roster include Chris Jones, Deatrick Nichols, rookie Nate Brooks and Brandon Williams.
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