Colledge soon to be an ex-Cardinal

Posted by Darren Urban on March 8, 2014 – 6:50 pm

With the new league year commencing Tuesday, the Cardinals are expected to make more than a few moves. One of them will be releasing veteran guard Daryn Colledge, a not unexpected decision given the selection of Jonathan Cooper and Earl Watford in last year’s draft and Colledge’s $4.8 million salary and $7.3M cap number. Colledge tweeted his goodbye Saturday evening:

Nothing official has been announced yet, of course. Colledge confirmed via text message his release was coming Tuesday. That makes sense, because if a player is let go after the league year starts, he can be designated a June 1 cut. That means the Cardinals can take the $4.55 million of dead money Colledge’s release would create and spread it evenly over this season and next season, although they have to carry the entire $4.55M in dead money on this year’s cap until June 1 actually arrives. This isn’t about Colledge being a cap casualty but instead a decision to move on. Colledge understands that. It’s the business. It’s the same reason he ended up in Arizona in the first place, when Green Bay let him walk away and turned to a younger, cheaper alternative. The Cards will pick up about $2.75M in cap space immediately with such a move, and gain another $2.25M or so June 1 when the dead money is spread out The Cardinals must carry Colledge’s entire $7.275M cap hit until June 1, and then it will drop to $2.275 million.

The Cardinals want to get more athletic on the line, definitely younger (Colledge is 32) and the reality is if the team is going to chase a high-dollar left tackle in free agency, the budget for the offensive line needs to be trimmed elsewhere. It’s too bad, because Colledge was a solid member of the line and good in the locker room. He was a standup guy with the media no matter what was going on — he was willing to answer questions all the time during the long losing streak of 2012 — and it was always entertaining to see Colledge head into and out of the showers with his wireless speaker booming ’80’s hits that came out before many of his teammates were even born.

This now means Watford and Paul Fanaika will battle for the right guard spot, and the Cardinals would like Watford, a 2012 fourth-round pick, to take control of the position. And in the bigger picture, General Manager Steve Keim continues to overhaul the roster and clear out some of the contracts left over from the previous regime in an effort to get the salary cap under control.

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25 Responses to “Colledge soon to be an ex-Cardinal”

  1. By carlo milano on Mar 8, 2014 | Reply

    What a classy player , even if he has been criticezed he always gave his best and i think last year he was our best lineman.
    I think in the locker room he will be missed.

  2. By Rich on Mar 8, 2014 | Reply

    good guy, solid player, makes sense.

  3. By joe holst on Mar 8, 2014 | Reply

    Had to go, too bad, more dead salary cap money from the o-line, levi brown, adam Snyder and now him.

  4. By Hammy on Mar 8, 2014 | Reply

    Good team player! Glad to have had him on our team, was a pretty decent player during his time here. However that now leaves us with an inexperienced OLINE with two important needs at LT and RT.

    Darren I assume Watford will now be our new starting guard? Massie or Winston at RT? and assuming we dont get a free agent LT, then we will possibly draft one. If that doesnt happen, is Bradley Sowell our starting LT???

  5. By Darren Urban on Mar 8, 2014 | Reply

    Hammy —

    RE: Sowell

    I think they will find a new left tackle.

  6. By Coach K on Mar 8, 2014 | Reply

    Class act. I’s a business, but he is a class act.

  7. By steve on Mar 8, 2014 | Reply

    Darren: I understand that the Cards have roughly 18 million in cap space. You mentioned that Colledge carries about 4.55 million in dead money until June 1st, does this increase the cap space another 2.8 million after factoring in the dead money versus his total cap value of 7.3 million?

  8. By Darren Urban on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Colledge/cap space

    Correct. It will give the Cards more cap space immediately this week, and then it will grow again June 1 when the cap hit is spread out over two years.

  9. By CORMAC on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    Man, what a loss. He was a good player. I thought we were upgrading the line, not downgrading :/

  10. By clssylssy on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    Great guy, hard worker, and an asset to the team. Our 0-line has been a major weakness however, I’m always a little nervous when we cut a decent guy who we know well and who works at correcting his mistakes in favor of an unknown who has been cut by another team because he’s had a history of major injuries, has spent most of his time on the bench, is overrated and has a rep for being lazy.. So many fans make a big deal about age, which is valid only to a certain extent; of course most people slow with age however there is the maturity factor that they bring to the locker room that provides stability and encouragement to the guys just beginning their careers, and they are usually more disciplined with a good work ethic. Daryl Collledge, Adam Synder and Lyle Sandlein were guys who were solid leaders and more a part of the solution than the problem. Synder got picked up by the 9ers and hopefully Daryl will land some place good as well, happy we still have Sandlein although it would seem his days are numbered also.
    I read with amusement that it’s Keim’s plan to go out and get a younger “high dollar” player which would fly in the face of his mantra of not overpaying for anybody…LOL! While I understand the need to begin the painful process of”cyclinig” some of these seniors out of the rotation, I would wonder if the Cards might bring some of them back as backups on one year contracts. Good luck to Daryl Colledge and thank you for your contributions to our organization!

  11. By Andy Kw on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    I am confused about the $4.55 million in dead money with the OG Daryn Colledge cut. Does our cap go up at all if we are splitting the dead money over the two seasons?
    What is our cap space as of now then?

  12. By Darren Urban on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Cap space

    First of all, cap space hasn’t changed because Colledge hasn’t been released yet. That isn’t coming until later this week. And no, the cap goes down some when it does happen (He had a $7.3M cap hit, now with dead money it is $4.55M) and then again June 1 (when the Cards can take the $4.55M and split it over two years.)

  13. By Big Ken on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    Handwriting on the wall. Moving forward!!

  14. By louis on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    like i said we are to cheap to keep good players. this year will be a disappointment again 5/11.

  15. By rick on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    Sorry to see Daryn go – good luck with your new team!

  16. By Dre on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    I expected to hear the news of Daryn Colledge being release for some time now. And the way I saw it was a direct involvement to free up cap space to sign a free agent left tackle. Before Larry restructured his contract and the league increased the salary cap to 133 million, Colledge was going to have to be dealt with in one way or another.

    Funny how he was dealt with or released the exact day when teams (GMs) were allowed to talk to available free agent’s agents. I am a firm believer of, “for every action there is a reaction.”

    I expect with reports of the Fins in hot pursuit of Albert that the Cardinal don’t want to fall behind in this hunt or any other left tackle big game prize. Go get Cards…

  17. By Dre on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    The Cardinals have not had to much success with their choice of second round draft pick in some time, the lone exception is Daryl Washington in the five past drafts. Seeing how important the second round pick are in team building and maintaining, I wonder what is going on with the second round selections. Maybe you can shed some light into this matter with one of your great headlines or post.


    Great Second rounds selections by the Arizona Cardinals

    2. 47 Daryl Washington LB Texas Christian…2010
    2. 50 Calais Campbell DE Miami…..2008
    2. 33 Karlos Dansby LB Auburn…2004
    2. 54 Anquan Boldin WR Florida State…2003

  18. By Big Ken on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    Jared Veldheer !!!!

  19. By Scott H on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    Seems like a good guy. His farewell and well-wishes were a classy move.

  20. By ored on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    even signing a FA LT,i still think we draft another,maybe someone who has played both guard and tackle,not at #20,but somebody to develop.

  21. By br on Mar 10, 2014 | Reply


    Im confused here (which doesn’t take much to put me in that state! lol) How do we have dead money on Levi didnt his contract go with him to Steelers? And when they cut him it should be their dead money not ours? So if all this is correct we got nothing for levi we should have just cut him in the first place because end result in the end …Cards got NOTHING!!! And we probably bought his plane ticket to Pittsburgh! !!!!

  22. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2014 | Reply

    Br —

    RE: Levi dead money

    For the Steelers to accept the trade (and fit it under their cap at the time), a good chunk of Levi’s salary was turned into an immediate bonus that the Cards paid. That, plus his remaining signing bonus pro-ration (which stays with the team trading him away) created the dead money.

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