Cardinals part ways with Jasper Brinkley

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Reports on Friday indicated the Cardinals have some interest in linebacker D’Qwell Jackson now that he’s been released by the Browns and they opened up a spot in their linebacking corps later in the day.

The team has released linebacker Jasper Brinkley after his first season with the team. Brinkley played 15 games and started three times for Arizona in 2013, recording 27 tackles in his reserve role. Brinkley made 15 starts for the Vikings in 2012, but he’ll likely be looking for a lesser role in free agency as a linebacker specializing in run defense.

The move saves the Cardinals $2 million under the cap. That money could be useful in their attempt to snag Jackson, although he’s visiting other teams this weekend and has seen plenty of teams start to court him in the last couple of days.

It could be used to bolster their offer to impending free agent Karlos Dansby. Reports out of Arizona have indicated a mutual interest in continuing their relationship, although there’s been no word that a deal is imminent.