The path to the 53-man roster technically began when training camp officially started. In recent days, the competition has ramped up at Arizona Cardinals training camp. This week it comes to a head, as NFL teams league-wide have to cut down to 53 players by Saturday and then begin designating a 16-man practice squad Sunday.
The Cardinals ended last week with 79 players under contract on the roster. The following are all roster moves — with visits, tryouts and workouts included — that have been reported or confirmed by the team, which will be continuously updated throughout the week.
Each roster change will include a brief summary of the player involved.
** SUNDAY, SEPT. 6 UPDATE **
10:36 a.m. — ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports that the Cardinals signed recently-released cornerback Jace Whittaker to the practice squad.
9:58 a.m. — Wilson reports that the Cardinals are adding former Houston Texans starting defensive end Angelo Blackson to the 53-man roster. The team has not yet announced the acquisition.
9:52 a.m. — The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports that the Cardinals signed recently-released tackle/guard Koda Martin to the practice squad.
9:06 a.m. — Central Michigan Life reporter Christian Booher reports that running back Jonathan Ward was signed to the practice squad.
** SATURDAY, SEPT. 5 UPDATE **
Cut day has officially arrived.
2:59 p.m. — Cardinals officially announce cuts of S Kentrell Brice; DL Jonathan Bullard; TE Dylan Cantrell; DL Trevon Coley; CB Ken Crawley; RB D.J. Foster; CB Chris Jones; OL Koda Martin; WR Andre Patton; WR A.J. Richardson; LB Reggie Walker; WR JoJo Ward; RB Jonathan Ward; LB Evan Weaver; CB Jace Whittaker. Also waived/injured WR Johnnie Dixon.
1:00 p.m. — Deadline for initial 53-man roster. Cardinals have not announced cuts.
12:56 p.m. — Minutes before the official deadline to trim rosters to the initial 53 players, ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reported that the Cardinals waived 2020 sixth-round draft pick Evan Weaver.
Weaver, turned 22 Aug. 11, signed his rookie deal of $3.462 million over four years with a $167,232 signing bonus and $651,808 2020 cap charge in early August. He leaves $41,807 in dead money as a result of his cut.
9:44 a.m. — NFL Media's Mike Garafalo reports that undrafted rookie free agent cornerback Jace Whittaker was cut by the Cardinals. The team has not officially announced it has waived him.
Whittaker, turned 25 in July, joined Arizona as an undrafted rookie from the University of Arizona. The Cardinals signed him in April to a three-year deal worth up to $2.293 million with $8,000 in guarantees. He will have to go through waivers before his contract is terminated and he leaves $2,666 in dead money.
8:18 a.m. — NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reports that the Cardinals waived cornerback Chris Jones, although the team has not officially announced it.
Jones, turned 25 in August, started three games for the Cardinals last season. He was slated to make $750,000 this year, but the contract had no guaranteed money, so he does not leave any dead money.
** FRIDAY, SEPT. 4 UPDATE **
1:05 p.m. — The Cardinals announce they waived wide receiver Hakeem Butler, defensive tackle Miles Brown, tackle Sam Jones and punter Ryan Winslow, while also designating tackle Brett Toth waived/injured due to a hamstring issue.
Butler, 25 in May, signed a four-year deal worth up to $3,327,576, with $807,576 guaranteed via the signing bonus. By cutting him, Butler leaves $201,894 in dead money for 2020.
Brown, 23, signed a two-year deal worth up to $1,080,000, with nothing guaranteed. His cut resulted in zero dead money.
Jones, 25 in February, signed a one-year, $585,000 contract with zero guarantees and no dead money as a result of his cut.
Winslow, 27 in April, signed a one-year deal for $510,000 and zero guarantees or dead money.
Toth, who turned 24 Sept. 1, signed a three-year deal in 2019 worth up to $1,755,000, but nothing guaranteed and zero in dead money. If he clears waivers Sunday, he will revert to reserve/injured.
** THURSDAY, SEPT. 3 UPDATE **
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury updates the status of the staff's evaluations of the 53-man roster and where the team is at in the process.
"I would say roster-wise it's pretty close to being set," he said. "We'll have some discussions tomorrow morning to finalize things and see what's out there as other teams are making their cuts, but we feel pretty good about that core group of 53."
** TUESDAY, SEPT. 1 UPDATE **
10:00 a.m. — Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury addresses the media on the impending roster cut and the team's process.
"You feel bad for the young players more than anything just for the lack of opportunities," Kingsbury said. "We've done the best job we can as far as giving them reps where you can be evaluated, but it's not the same as being out there for the 31 other teams to watch your film and see what type of plays you make when the lights are on in the preseason games. I think, more than anything, as a staff, collectively, we feel for those guys. I know our personnel department feels the same way, but we've got the evaluations that we're able to get and I think we'll make decisions we have to make this weekend and go from there."
** MONDAY, AUG. 31 UPDATE **
1:52 p.m. — The New York Jets announced they claimed Lewis after being waived by the Cardinals Sunday.
** MONDAY, AUG. 31 UPDATE **
7:51 a.m. — The Cardinals announced cornerback Jalen Davis was placed on waivers. Davis joined the team's practice squad on Sept. 3, 2019, after he was waived by the Miami Dolphins. He was signed to the active roster on Dec. 7, and played in two games, while being inactive for two.
The roster sits at 74 players.
** SUNDAY, AUG. 30 UPDATE **
6:34 p.m. — AllCardinals reported the Cardinals hosted eight players, including five specialists, on tryouts: Punters Matt Bosher and Hayden Hunt; long snappers Colin Holba and Taybor Pepper; quarterbacks Tom Flacco and Cole McDonald; and kicker Kai Forbath.
No additions or subtractions keeps the roster at 75.
** SUNDAY, AUG. 30 UPDATE **
12:51 p.m. — The Cardinals announced the waiving of four players who were all brought in as undrafted free agents: Tight end Ryan Becker; cornerback Zane Lewis; defensive end Adam Shuler; guard Steven Gonzalez.
Lewis, from Air Force, signed a three-year deal with the Cardinals worth up to $2,305,000 with a $20,000 signing bonus. His release resulted in $6,666 in dead money.
Becker, from Southern Methodist, signed a three-year deal worth up to $2,293,000 with an $8,000 signing bonus. His release left $2,666 in dead money.
Gonzalez, from Penn State, signed a three-year deal worth up to $2,291,000 with a $6,000 signing bonus. His release results in $2,000 in dead money.
Shuler, from Florida, signed a three-year, $2,288,000 contract with just a $3,000 signing bonus. He will carry $1,000 in dead money.
The roster now sits at 75 players.