Cardinals released DE Robert Nkemdiche

Tyler Jaggi

The Arizona Cardinals announced after training camp practice today that they have released former first round pick Robert Nkemdiche. Nkemdiche appeared in 27 games in three seasons with the Cardinals.

Nkemdiche registered 4.5 sacks, 44 tackles and 10 tackles for loss in his career. He had a career-high 59.5 overall grade by PFF last season in what has been a disappointing career so far for the former 1st round pick. He was released today by the Cardinals. The 24-year old Nkemdiche started only six games in his career, playing in 27.

Nkemdiche was due a $400k bonus if he was on the roster on the 5th day of camp. But his release was more about attitude than money. That’s a pittance to pay if Nkemdiche had ever acted like he cared about being a pro. Now with Nkemdiche gone, only three of Keim’s seven first-round picks are on the roster. Murray hasn’t played yet. Humphries, Reddick have yet to prove themselves. 

Nkemdiche has been a major bust for the Cardinals. I thought he had high potentail coming out of college, it's a shame he never lived up to the hype. Let me know your thoughts on the release in the comments below and make sure to follow me on Twitter @TylerJaggi