The Arizona Cardinals have until Saturday afternoon to trim their roster down to 53 players and, according to head coach Bruce Arians, several players have already been notified. There are some reports that have come out stating who some of those players are.
ESPN's Josina Anderson tweeted about the following players:
Source: #Cardinals cut RBs Paul Lasike & Robert Hughes.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 4, 2015
Sources: #Cardinals cut DE Matt Shaughnessy.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 4, 2015
Lasike is not a surprise. However, Hughes is. Perhaps this opens the door for Kerwynn Williams, or maybe the the Cards will go with only four running backs, meaning the decision will come down to either Williams or Stepfan Taylor.
Shaughnessy was caught in the numbers game. He played the least two seasons at outside linebacker and the team tried to get faster and more athletic at the position. He was moved to the defensive line, where the team had an excess of talent. Falling back on the depth chart, his salary cap hit of more than $2.7 million probably wasn't worth it. The reported cut saves the team a little more than $2 million in cap space.
Another cut, which was announced by the player himself was quarterback Phillip Sims. He posted this on Instagram.
I want to thank the Arizona Cardinals organization for giving me this great opportunity to pursue my dream of playing on the ultimate stage. Very blessed to say that I was able to accomplish something that a lot of people told me I couldn't do. Only the lord knows what's next but I guarantee I won't give up now. #ThankYouBirdGang #PSUnO #Blessed
Sims was in a battle with Logan Thomas for the third quarterback spot on the roster. However, it turns out neither will make the roster. In addition to cutting Sims, the Cardinals have traded for Matt Barkley. That likely signals the end of Thomas in Arizona, too.
More reports are likely to come. Who knows? Maybe there will be more surprises.