Report: Arizona Cardinals to release former third-round pick Jamell Fleming

Saturday September 14th, 2013

(Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Arizona selected cornerback Jamell Fleming out of Oklahoma with the 80th overall pick in last year's draft. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals will release cornerback Jamell Fleming, their third-round pick in last year's draft, on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting.

Fleming was on the team's inactive list last week after being buried on its depth chart. The Oklahoma product played in 15 games last season, including three starts, making 24 tackles and a pass defensed while serving primarily as a nickel corner.

The Cardinals started 26-year-old veteran Jerraud Powers, a free-agent pickup from the Indianapolis Colts, opposite young star Patrick Peterson in last Sunday's loss to the Rams.

Newly acquired defensive backs Antoine Cason and Javier Arenas served as the backup corners, with 2012 sixth-round pick Justin Bethel beating out Fleming for the fifth and final spot.

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