The Cardinals trimmed the roster a bit Wednesday, releasing a trio of players: Tackle Edawn Coughman, safety Brandon Person and wide receiver Chris King. Person has been with the team since last offseason, missing the entire year on injured reserve with a knee injury. Coughman was signed Jan. 7 to a “futures” contract, and King was an undrafted rookie signed in May. According to the NFL transactions, both Person and King received injury settlements.
The moves leave the Cardinals with 87 on the roster, giving them three spots to fill. The team is in its final week of OTAs, with the mandatory three-day minicamp coming next week before the team breaks for the summer. Training camp will start in late July.
Tags: Brandon Person, Chris King, Edawn Coughman, Roster
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There is no new news on the status of Daryl Washington — I don’t know why it’s been so long, and no one I have talked to has answers, or is giving any — but there is news about his jersey No. 58. Undrafted rookie linebacker Edwin Jackson will now be wearing that number. That’s the reality of a preseason game coming up, a 90-man roster and a handful of jersey numbers already retired (and not that the Cards are necessarily moving on from Washington.)
The NFL has a rule that says two players on the same team cannot be on the field at the same time wearing the same number. This time of year, it’s not unusual for the Cards (or other teams) to give an offensive and defensive player the same number, since offense and defense wear opposite colors in practice. That doesn’t happen in a game, of course.
As of Saturday, the Cardinals had two sets of players sharing numbers. Running back Marion Grice and safety Harold Jones-Quartey each wore No. 23. Safety Brandon Person and running back Paul Lasike each were wearing No. 34. Because there was a good chance those players could end up on the field at the same time for special teams, multiple shuffles were in order.
That led to Jackson, who had been wearing 45 (and who had a big finish Saturday lighting up Lasike on a hit, pictured below), ending up with the linebacker-friendly No. 58.
The Cardinals could “unretire” one of their retired numbers, but that wasn’t going to happen. For a linebacker, the only options there were Pat Tillman’s 40 or Marshall Goldberg’s 99. (The Cards have five retired numbers: Tillman, Goldberg, 8 for Larry Wilson, 77 for Stan Maudlin and 88 for J.V. Cain. This the biggest reason why the Cardinals don’t retire numbers and instead use a Ring of Honor — NFL teams need jersey numbers.)
Once the Cardinals cut to 53, some jersey numbers inevitably will change again. That always happens. We’ll see where Jackson is at that point, and what happens with 58 then.
Tags: Brandon Person, Daryl Washington, Harold Jones-Quartey, J.V. Cain, jersey numbers, Larry Wilson, Marion Grice, Marshall Goldberg, Pat Tillman, Paul Lasike, Stan Maudlin
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