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NFL free agents 2013: Arizona Cardinals cut QB Brian Hoyer

The third stringer was due $2 million, which is why he was let go.


The Arizona Cardinals made a roster move on Monday, trimming down their quarterback room. According to Adam Caplan, the team has released quarterback Brian Hoyer, who was a late season addition in 2012 and even started the team's finale.

Hoyer was due to make $2 million on a restricted free agent tender. Originally it looked like he would be considered part of the team's future plans at quarterback, but the acquisitions of Carson Palmer via trade and Drew Stanton via free agency made it so that he was simply too expensive to keep as a third string player.

According to Kent Somers, the team attempted to trade Hoyer, but found no takers.

The team, as of right now, will go with Ryan Lindley as their third string quarterback and will certainly add an undrafted QB at some point.

The team takes no hit to the salary cap. The $2 million Hoyer was due was not guaranteed.

Some might think this is a surprise, but between the price tag and the fact that that Lindley still perhaps has upside and a fifth of the cost (he is due to make less than $400,000), it looked like this was going to happen at some point. The good thing for Hoyer is that there is plenty of time to sign with another team.