The Cardinals cut long-time punter Scott Player Wednesday, a day after claiming punter Mike Barr on waivers from Pittsburgh.
Player was the team's lone remaining player from the Cards' last playoff appearance in 1998. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2000, and appeared in 140 games over nine seasons in Arizona. He has averaged 43.1 yards a kick in his career.
"It's never easy to part ways with a veteran who has contributed to the team for as long as Scott has," coach Ken Whisenhunt said in a statement. "At the same time, you have to make decisions based on what's in the best interests of the football team and we feel this move is. We appreciate all that Scott has contributed to the Cardinals and wish him well."
Player has averaged 42.6 yards a kick in the preseason on eight punts. Barr averaged 45 yards a kick – and 43.8 yards net – on six punts with Pittsburgh. Barr had history with both Whisenhunt and special teams coach Kevin Spencer, having been to training camp with both with the Steelers from 2004-2006.
Player had also been the holder for kicker Neil Rackers. The new holder is expected to be receiver Sean Morey.
The move means the Cards are back down to 74 players on the roster, one below the maximum.