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Arizona Cardinals release Cory Redding, save $3 million in cap space

It was always going to come.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals made a move that was a long time coming. On the first day of offseason workouts, the team announced the release of veteran defensive tackle Cory Redding. He played in 12 games last season with the Cardinals and had 10 tackles, one interception and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He was placed on injured reserve on January 12 with an ankle injury. The 35-year old Redding signed with the Cardinals as a free agent on March 11, 2015.

He was due to make $3 million and was going to count $4 million against the salary cap. That was way too much to pay someone who plays 15-20 snaps a game, even if he is a very good guy in the locker room.

There is still a solid veteran presence on the defensive line. They still have Calais Campbell, Frostee Rucker and Red Bryant.

Redding apparently still has the itch to play, as he had not yet announced his retirement. He contemplated retirement last offseason before signing a two-year contract with the Cardinals.

Good luck, Cory, and we will always remember your fat guy touchdown!