The Arizona Cardinals have begun shaping their roster to create the eventual opening day 53-man squad.
Per Pro Football Talk‘s Josh Alper, the Arizona Cardinals have cut six players that have all seen playing time for the Arizona Cardinals in the past, albeit sparingly. Though none of these cuts were surprising, they do open up roster spots for late round picks and undrafted free agents alike.
The six players cut include; defensive lineman Pasoni Tasini, wide receiver Jalen Tolliver, tackle Justin Evans, guard Zach Golditch, guard Will House, and tackle Brant Weiss. Per Over The Cap, all appear to have been on minimum contracts without guarantees. The six cuts will open up a shade less than $3 million in cap space.
The offensive linemen cut weren’t expected to make the team, and were depth players for the shoddy 2018 Cardinals offensive line. Tolliver, an undrafted free agent last year, had three receptions for 37 yards in his rookie season.
The surprising cut was Pasoni Tasini. Although he went undrafted in 2017, the former Utah Ute showed some promise during his short stint in the desert. However, ultimately, it doesn’t appear to have been enough as he’s played just one game during his tenure in the Southwest. The Cardinals are expected to go in another direction, likely seventh-round pick Michael Dogbe.
In addition to the cuts, the Cardinals officially signed cornerback Byron Murphy, the No. 33 overall pick, to a rookie contract. Per Aaron Wilson of Houston Chronicle, the deal appears to be four years for a shade under $8 million with a signing bonus of $3.83 million.
Ultimately, these moves, including the signing of the coveted rookie, were expected. While none are culture changing, it continues to reaffirm the notion that Keim and Co. want to continue distance themselves from the 3-13 season, an obvious statement.