Biggs: Cardinals cut Rolle loose
Karlos Dansby has a little excursion planned.
Now it will be interesting to see if his Arizona Cardinals teammate (they’re still teammates, sort of) Antrel Rolle has any travel in his very near future.
The Cardinals, as fully expected, cut loose Rolle this afternoon. The team was going to owe him a $4 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year (Tuesday) and he had a base salary of $8.1 million for this season. He’s a free agent now and as his agent Drew Rosenhaus pointed out via his Twitter account, because Rolle was released, he is free to sign with any of the 32 teams without restrictions that have been placed on the final eight clubs.
Rolle is seeking a contract that will average $8 million annually. While no safety in the league currently is at that level, the watered down market will give him a shot at the number. Rolle is expected to be heavily pursued and the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins are expected to be in the market for him.
Bears coach Lovie Smith said at the national scouting combine in Indianapolis last week that the team needs to “invest” more in the position. In 96 regular-season games under Smith, the Bears have changed starting free safeties 21 times and starting strong safeties 20 times. If your calculator isn’t handy, that’s one starting change at safety every 2.3 games.
"The Bears would be an attractive team," Rosenhaus told the Chicago Tribune. "Stay tuned."
Along with the release of Rolle, the Cardinals announced that they tendered qualifying offers to wide receiver Steve Breaston, guard Deuce Lutui, center Lyle Sendlein, defensive tackle Gabe Watson and tight end Ben Patrick.
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