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Cardinals release starting corner William Gay also

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The Cardinals continued to clear out bad contracts, after making a move earlier to release linebacker Stewart Bradley.

Next on the financial chopping block was cornerback William Gay, according to a team announcement.

Gay hit an escalator which was going to bump his salary from $1.475 million to $3.225 million, a difference they weren’t going to pay.

While that’s not an excessive number for a starter, but the Cards will be looking for an upgrade there.

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19 Responses to “Cardinals release starting corner William Gay also”
  1. bmoritz2003 says: Mar 1, 2013 11:48 AM

    Maybe he comes back to Pit to play a nickleback position? He really wasn’t that horrible, and he actually excelled at CB blitzes

  2. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 1, 2013 11:58 AM

    Went from starting on the #1 D in the NFL, to being cut by the Cards a year later. Ouch.

  3. celly84 says: Mar 1, 2013 12:02 PM

    A CB that excells at blitzes and can tackle?

    I’m sure he’ll get some looks in Tampa. We need all the depth we can, after last season.

  4. shwanker81 says: Mar 1, 2013 12:19 PM

    So he plays well enough to earn an escalator in his contract and then is cut? Great sentiment to send to the other players.

  5. u4iadman says: Mar 1, 2013 12:19 PM

    Upgrade for Raiders if cheap.

  6. jwilliamsspf says: Mar 1, 2013 12:20 PM

    He was awful. The Browns will probably bring him in to consider.

  7. illiniftw says: Mar 1, 2013 12:22 PM

    So he played too well last year? Must suck to work hard, hit a performance escalator, expect the negotiated pay increase, and have the team cut you because your pay is too high

  8. cryanr says: Mar 1, 2013 12:38 PM

    He didn’t play that well at all. Constantly got beat and dropped interception after interception. He’s a serviceable veteran, but definitely replaceable which is what smart money says the Cards should/will do.

    Plus, his escalators were probably something like playing a certain percentage of defensive snaps; which he’d undoubtedly hit.

  9. theauger says: Mar 1, 2013 12:52 PM

    The escalator was likely for games started, not quality of play. He was just okay last season, well enough at $1.5 mil, but not worth $3.2 mil for 2013.

  10. metalup666 says: Mar 1, 2013 12:54 PM

    Somebody will pick this guy up for sure. I just hope he doesn’t go to the Raiders. You know, the team where old player’s go to die. Not to be cofused with the Yankees in baseball where old player’s go to die, but have a chance every year at a post season.

  11. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Mar 1, 2013 1:06 PM

    He was wretched when I played for the Steelers. Burned constantly and single-handedly cost the Steelers several games.

  12. claymatthewshairplugs says: Mar 1, 2013 1:08 PM

    He wasn’t that bad. The guy is a decent corner in a league now where you need good corners with all the passing. Why would the Cards downgrade a strength by releasing Gay?

  13. FlikeMorio says: Mar 1, 2013 1:14 PM

    I always think of him getting absolutely TRUCKED by AP a few years ago.

  14. 1oldpro says: Mar 1, 2013 1:18 PM

    Everybody needs more cornerbacks and everybody is cutting cornerbacks. The new cap-laden NFL. Don’t blink, some of your team’s favorite players will be gone.
    Parity at it’s best, worst, best, worst, bes….

  15. therolandobottom says: Mar 1, 2013 1:25 PM

    Raiders hurry up and sign

  16. blackngold4life says: Mar 1, 2013 2:29 PM

    Better as a Nickle DB

  17. deltaoracle says: Mar 1, 2013 4:01 PM

    If his name was William Straight would it have helped his chances?

  18. gator2006 says: Mar 1, 2013 6:27 PM

    Receivers covered by William are the first openly Gay players in the NFL.

    Has to be a topical joke in there somewhere but my execution is lacking.

  19. officialgame says: Mar 1, 2013 6:43 PM

    I can see Gay and T’eo teaming up.

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