Cardinals closing in on 90-man roster

TEMPE, Ariz. -- When the math was finalized on Monday, releasing four players while signing 15, the Cardinals were left with 87 players on their roster -- three short of the league limit.

The 90-man maximum gives more players a chance to impress coaches and fight for one of those coveted 53 roster spots. It'll also allow Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim the opportunity to churn the bottom of the roster from now until final cuts without having to worry about having enough bodies for training camp.

On its current roster, Arizona has 11 wide receivers, 10 cornerbacks, seven outside linebackers, seven inside linebackers, six defensive tackles, six running backs, six tight ends, six safeties, six tackles, five guards, four quarterbacks, four defensive ends, four centers, three kickers, one punter and one long snapper.

There are a few positions that may see more players added for competitions: outside linebacker, guard and right tackle.

The Cards didn't add an outside linebacker to their stable during the draft or as an undrafted free agent, leaving them with a group whose average age is 28 years old. The Cardinals may explore adding another right guard to add competition to Paul Fanaika and Earl Watford. As for tackle, only one of the undrafted free agents signed played right tackle in college.

Arizona may also be leaving the three spots open in bring in veteran free agents.