Phil Dawson, K
This is about as obvious as they come. At 44 years old, Dawson may not have much of a future in the NFL. And with the Cardinals already have two kickers on the roster, Zane Gonzalez and recently signed Cole Murphy, there isn’t too much of a need for him.
After signing a two-year deal with the Cardinals in 2017, Dawson didn’t enjoy the previous success that made him a Pro Bowler in 2012.
In the ’17 season, Dawson played all 16 games and missed eight kicks, including four from the 30-39 yard range, three from the 40-49 yard range, and one from the 50+ yard range. He finished the year with his third-lowest career field goal rate of 80% — a solid number.
But in 2018, his production took a nose dive. Not only did he miss six games after being placed on injured reserve for a hip injury, but he also missed a potentially game-winning kick early in the season against the Seattle Seahawks. But that’s not all, his field goal rate fell to 62.5%, the worst in his career. He made a total of five goals out of eight attempts.
Simply put, Dawson might have enjoyed a prolific career for the Browns and 49ers, but that success didn’t carry over to the desert. Combine his struggles with a hip injury, age, and signings of two young kickers, and the Cardinals simply don’t have a need for the former All-Pro place-kicker.