The Arizona Cardinals offered no explanation why salary-cap manager Justin Casey was fired this summer.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports it would be difficult to find an employee at the team’s headquarters that was more well liked than Casey, who also performed administrative duties and negotiated some contracts.
General manager Rod Graves made the move and would not comment on the issue.
“Our focus is on being a championship organization and becoming a championship team," Graves said.
"Every year in that quest, I'm evaluating where we are, from a personnel standpoint, and assessing new talent out there. What I have been able to do in assessing candidates is really get a feel for the skill sets people have and realize what services they can provide us that we don't have. And sometimes at the end of that evaluation, you come to the conclusion that you're better off making changes.”
Casey, who had a strong relationship with coach Ken Whisenhunt, declined to comment on the matter. He has been replaced by Sean Castle, a CPA without experience in professional football. According to Somers, some are speculating that Graves made the move to make a point that he controlled football operations. Graves called that “ridiculous.”
The awkward timing of the move will make it difficult for Casey to land a job in the league for this year.
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