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Rolle as expected released

As expected, the Cardinals released free safety Antrel Rolle.  This development is just the latest event in a very, very busy offseason for the two-time NFC West champions.   Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official website explains the details.

“The Cardinals released their starting free safety Thursday to avoid the $4 million roster bonus he was due had he been on the team as of 10 p.m. Thursday night and the additional $8.1 million salary due in the final year of his rookie contract.

Rolle becomes an unrestricted free agent – and the Cards will make him one of their top free-agent priorities.

The Cardinals already had extended a long-term contract offer, but Rolle wanted to see what his worth would be on the open market. The Chicago Tribune reported Rolle is seeking a contract worth $8 million a season, which would make him the highest-paid safety in the NFL. That same report said the Cards’ offer was for an average of $6 million a season.

‘We’ve always been under the impression Antrel wanted to remain an Arizona Cardinal,’ general manager Rod Graves said. ‘We have been able to develop him and we have seen him develop into an outstanding player and we want to keep that relationship going. We’re not looking to lose quality players, but again, all of those decisions have to make sense to us from a team standpoint.’”

Rolle is arguably the most coveted free agent safety on the market.  It will be interesting to see whether the Cardinals are able to bring him back after a number of teams have already expressed interest in Rolle.

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