Brinkley was signed as a free agent last offseason to a two-year deal. Cutting Brinkley saves the Cardinals $2 million in salary cap space, leaving only $200,000 in dead money.
Brinkley played in 15 games last season, with three starts. He had 30 tackles and another five on special teams.
Patrick Peterson discussing extension with Cardinals
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/20/14) Cornerback Patrick Peterson, who's entering the final year of his rookie deal, is discussing an extension with the Cardinals, reports FoxSports.com. “We have had a lot of good conversations between [agent] Joel [Segal] and myself,” general manager Steve Keim said. “I expect them to be ongoing."
Keim would not say if the team would make Peterson the league's highest-paid defensive player. "Well, that's a good question," he told the website. "We'll have to see. I’ll tell you this, we want to keep him around here for a long time.”
Tyrann Mathieu could miss start of 2014 season
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/17/14) Cardinals starting free safety Tyrann Mathieu could miss training camp and the beginning of the 2014 regular season as he recovers from knee surgery, the team has reported. His recovery time has been estimated as 6-9 months.
Mathieu sustained ACL and LCL tears in the Week 14 game against St. Louis and was placed on IR two days later.
JoJo Dickson signed by Arizona
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/16/14) The Cardinals have signed linebacker JoJo Dickson to a reserve-future deal. Dickson spent time on the Arizona roster this season and with the Jets in 2012, but has yet to record any statistics.
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The Cardinals defense has quality players and continues to produce on a high level. In 2012, the Cardinals were the No. 11 DST in standard leagues. They had 22 interceptions, 38 sacks, 11 fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns. Daryl Washington and Paris Lenon had more than 100 total tackles, Washington and Calais Campbell had more than 6.5 sacks and Patrick Peterson led the way with seven interceptions. Peterson is also a tremendous threat on punt returns, and the Cardinals DST shapes up as a potential starting unit in the majority of leagues. They might not get drafted in most standard formats, but consider the Cardinals DST a strong bye-week replacement or consider adding them if they start off the season playing well. (Updated 7/23/13)