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Arizona Cardinals’ Stewart Bradley May Be a Salary Cap Casualty

March 1st, 2013 at 7:06 AM
By Steve Smith

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Inside linebacker Stewart Bradley may become a salary cap casualty for the Arizona Cardinals as we draw closer and closer to NFL free agency on March 12.

As presently constituted, it appears the Red Birds are $2.7 million over their estimated 2013 adjusted cap number. Letting Bradley go would save the Cards $3.5 million in cap space.

The 29-year-old Bradley has been a disappointment since signing a five-year, $30 million contract with the Cardinals after the NFL lockout. He has not cracked Arizona's starting lineup in his two seasons with the Cardinals and is unlikely to come back due to his $6.5 million cap number.

The University of Nebraska product, who took a 50 percent pay cut last year, recorded just 11 tackles in 16 games with the Cardinals last season. In 32 games with the Red Birds, Bradley has only 42 tackles, including 31 solo tackles.

Bradley enjoyed his best season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008 when he recorded 108 tackles, one sack and one interception. He tore his ACL in August 2009 and missed the entire 2009 NFL season.

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