The Arizona Cardinals have begun salary cutting moves. Yes, they already inked Larry Fitzgerald to a new contract, but he still remains on the roster.
On Monday, the team announced the release of receiver and returner Ted Ginn, who was signed to a three-year contract last offseason.
The move surprises no one. He signed for three years and $9.75 million last offseason with $2.25 million guaranteed.
He returned kicks and punts all season and began the offseason as the team's number three receiver. He was supposed to boost the return game and add speed to the receiving corps.
As a receiver, he was overtaken on the depth chart by rookie John Brown. He only caught 14 passes on the season.
In the return game, he was a disappointment. The team was dead last in kickoff return average and average starting possession after kickoffs. He averaged a career-low 19.0 yards per return. He did provide one highlight in punt returns, scoring a touchdown in Week 2 to give the Cardinals a win over the New York Giants. He averaged just over 10 yards per return on punts.
The team saves $2.5 million against the salary cap, but will carry $1.5 million in dead money in 2015.