Bradley, Gay cuts give Cardinals cap relief

The Arizona Cardinals cleared $7 million in salary cap space Thursday by releasing cornerback William Gay and linebacker Stewart Bradley.

Neither move comes as a big surprise.

The Cardinals, like many teams with new coaching staffs and general managers, will experience some roster turnover by design. Bradley in particular made for an inviting target after making little impact as a high-priced free agent under former coordinator Ray Horton. Gay started for the Cardinals as a free-agent addition last season.

The cap savings for Gay increased after the veteran corner triggered contract escalators.