The Arizona Cardinals used the seventh pick in the draft last Thursday on North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper and they wasted little time clearing a spot for him.

The Cardinals released veteran guard Adam Snyder Monday, creating a spot in the starting lineup for Cooper and moving on from an error of a year ago.

According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals signed Snyder to a $17 million, five-year deal with a $5 million signing bonus last year. The team freed up $3 million in cap room with the release. Goldberg started 14 games in 2012 for the Cardinals.

The 31-year-old veteran joined Arizona after seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He had 83 career starts and should find work, but for a lot less money, elsewhere after battling with an elbow injury for much of last season.

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