Free agency opened on March 12th 2013.

Prior to that, the Cardinals had been very active releasing players to free up some cap space.  The first to go was William Gay and Stewart Bradley.  Then came All Pro strong safety, Adrian Wilson.  The release of Wilson was not a popular decisions amongst fans although the decision made sense from a business point of view.

Once free agency opened a few more players were given their marching orders.

Beanie Wells was the next to be released.  This was not a shock to Cardinals fans since he had already expressed his desire to leave the team.  Not to mention he was injury prone.  The release of free safety Kerry Rhodes almost caused a riot due to how well he had played over the course of his three years in the desert.

The final major cut was quarterback Kevin Kolb.  He had been due a big payday and the team and layer could not come to an agreement as to a reasonable restructure.

At the time of starting and finishing this article the Cardinals were rumored to be close to an agreement with former Cleveland Browns return specialist and wide receiver, Josh Cribbs.  He is in Arizona to have a physical and to sign the contract offer if it all goes well. 

I decided not to put Josh Cribbs into the slideshow just in case something happens and he doesn't sign.  Better to be safe than make a mistake.