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NFL salary cap casualties: Arizona Cardinals release LB Stewart Bradley and CB William Gay

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Arizona cuts loose one of their more disappointing signings in recent history

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Despite having extra salary cap money available for the 2013 season, the Arizona Cardinals were still over the cap. In the first of their salary cutting moves, the team reportedly released linebacker Stewart Bradley. They also released cornerback William Gay, whom they signed last season.

Bradley was one of the team's most disappointing free agent signings. He signed two offseasons ago after the NFL lockout to a six-year, $30 million contract. He was unable to crack the starting lineup over Paris Lenon and found very little playing time. He even took a 50 percent pay cut going into last season, but even still he barely saw time on the field on defense.

In two seasons with Arizona, he logged only 30 tackles.

Gay was signed last season. He previously played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and started 15 games. He had 57 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.

The moves clears a reported $7 million dollars in cap space ($3.5 million with each contract), which would put the Cardinals under the cap, even without doing anything with Kevin Kolb's contract.

The Cardinals currently have a hole at linebacker. Paris Lenon is a free agent and Bradley has been released. Reggie Walker remains on the roster, having one season left on his contract.

At cornerback, the Cardinals probably will look to re-sign Greg Toler to start along with Patrick Peterson. They also have Jamell Fleming and Justin Bethel, who were drafted by the Cards a year ago.

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