The Arizona Cardinals continued in slicing down their roster Friday, as they are required to meet the 53-man limit Saturday afternoon. One of the biggest questions for coach Bruce Arians right now is exactly what they are going to do with the quarterback position.
Currently, the Cardinals have Carson Palmer as the starter, Drew Stanton as the solidified backup and Ryan Lindley as the third string quarterback. Many teams are choosing not to carry a third quarterback nowadays, and Arizona is rumored to be letting go of Lindley come Saturday afternoon.
While nothing has been set in stone just yet, Arians has said that he knows what he wants to do with Lindley. “There’s always door No. 2,” Arians said, “the waiver wire, trades. Nothing is set in stone with these final guys.”
Arians said he was “90 percent” sure where Lindley was going but failed to acknowledge or hint at just what that is. Arians likes Stanton as he has worked with him before, and Lindley is likely the odd man out when it’s all said and done.
With the ability to keep another guy in a spot where maybe they lack depth, Lindley should be out of there come the deadline. Speaking of depth, the Cardinals made a notable cut in letting go of veteran guard Chilo Rachal, leaving an issue with very little depth at the position now.
Other notable cuts were recent draft picks — within the last three years — as the Cardinals let go of defensive tackle David Carter and guard Senio Kelemete. Carter’s release was somewhat of a shock due to the fact that he can play both end and tackle, and the Cardinals have injury problems at the tackle position.
Positions that are sure to be trimmed down even further Saturday and are over the typical count are linebacker (11), offensive line (10), cornerback (seven), defensive line (seven) and tight end (five). Keep checking back with us here throughout the weekend and we’ll have the latest on what the Cardinals are doing in order to make that final roster happen.