TEMPE, Ariz. -- Bruce Arians knew what everyone wanted when he sat behind a microphone for his press conference Friday morning.
And he wasn’t about to give in.
“Not going to announce the things you want,” he said. “It’s called a deadline for a reason. We’ll go to the deadline.”
The Arizona Cardinals have until 4 p.m. Saturday to trim their roster from 75 to 53, and, according to Arians, they’re going to take every minute they’re allowed to decide on who they'll keep and who they’ll release.
“We’re still in deliberations,” Arians added. “There are a lot of things that can happen here in the last 24 hours, with other teams, our team. So there’s not a lot to say about that right now.”
As Friday wore on, though, Arizona announced a trade with Kansas City, swapping a conditional draft pick in 2018 for cornerback Marcus Cooper, and reports trickled out naming those players who were released. But Arians was steadfast in the Cardinals not making any announcements until the deadline.
“I think some teams are happy to cut guys and get it over with,” Arians said. “We’ve got a very talented group. There are calls being made back and forth, a lot of things can happen in the last few hours. Steve’s (general manager Steve Keim) pretty active right now. When you have a roster as talented as ours, you want to make sure you make it right all the way down to the end.”
According to reports, including from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, CB Cariel Brooks, WR Marquis Bundy, OL Rob Crisp, OL Antoine McClain, ILB Donald Butler, S Chris Clemons and RB Kerwynn Williams were all released.
After watching the tape of Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Denver Broncos, Arians felt some players “made a case for themselves both ways.”
He added that Thursday night supported his stance that the NFL needs a fourth preseason game.
“There’s a lot of guys fighting for their lives, good and bad, in that ball game to make rosters -- our roster, and somebody else’s roster,” Arians said.
Once the cuts are finalized and announced, Arizona will begin forming their 10-man practice squad, which Arians hopes to compile mainly -- if not all -- from the players they release.
“We’re not looking for anybody else’s practice-squad guys,” he said. “We’d like to get our own guys back.”