It's the time of year that fans love.
After all, football is about to finally start.
It's also the time of the year many pro football players dread: cuts.
But, it is rather amazing how many players that get cut end up being special isn't it?
Just ask Kurt Warner.
Still, those Cardinals fans out there want to know who was cut from the team, and what it means for the organization as a whole.
And believe it or not, more players were cut rather than Matt Leinart, as you will see.
There were other significant players that were cut aside from a certain quarterback, as I've mentioned.
Most notable among these in my mind were three names: Anthony Becht, Herman Johnson, and Cody Brown.
Becht was a bit surprising because he could have been a starter, and in my mind is a better receiver than Stephen Spach.
And he was a good blocker. But his cut clears the way for someone else (more on that later).
Johnson was surprising because, even though he was a later draft pick last year for the Cards, he definitely had the size and tools to play in this league, and I believed that he was a project for Russ Grimm.
I was wrong.
And finally, I was probably most surprised at the dismissal of Cody Brown, last season's second round pick.
Brown was injured at the beginning of last season, and never really had a chance to get going.
But apparently his preseason wasn't good enough to fight off guys like Will Davis.
Brown had serious upside, but I'm going to defer to the staff on this. After all, they are paid to make decisions like this.
Here's a list of the other Cardinals cuts, courtesy of azcardinals.com:
LB Stevie Baggs
LB Monty Beisel
T Tom Pestock
DE Jeremy Clark
DE John Fletcher
CB Trevor Ford
WR Ed Gant
WR Mike Jones
WR Onrea Jones
CB Justin Miller
G Jonathan Palmer
FB Charles Scott
WR Isaiah Williams
FB Reagan Maui'a
CB Marshay Green
LB Pago Togafau
As well, LB Mark Washington, RB Alfonso Smith and LB Chris Johnson were placed on IR.
This week, the Cardinals did make three moves that should interest fans: they signed (off waivers) LB Cyril Obiozor from Green Bay, DB Brandon McDonald from Cleveland, and FB Jerome Johnson from the Giants.
Obiozor appears to be for depth after they let Cody Brown go. He is a second year man from Texas A&M.
McDonald is definitely a good pickup for the Cardinals secondary. He provides better depth than either Justin Miller or Marshay Green would've provided.
And what many don't know about McDonald is that two seasons ago, he had five interceptions. There's a good chance he'll see playing time for Arizona this year.
Perhaps the most interesting pickup is Johnson, a second year fullback (and linebacker) from Nevada.
He is now the only fullback on the roster.
Well, let's start with the obvious: Max Hall is the new backup, with John Skelton the third stringer.
This had been speculated for days, but now is confirmed.
This means that the Cardinals will indeed start Derek Anderson.
But as for the other moves, they are intriguing in terms of the offense.
Probably the most intriguing is the signing of Johnson, as he is now the lone fullback with the Cardinals cutting Maui'a.
Will they use Johnson as the fullback to start the season? Or will they use the Pittsburgh style of 2-TE offense?
I imagine they'll go with the latter, with Stephen Spach and Ben Patrick playing big parts in the offense.
I'm a bit surprised they didn't keep Maui'a, considering they knew the offense, and Johnson does not.
I imagine they will use Spach as an H-Back at times though, along with Jim Dray.
Speaking of Dray, I'm glad the team kept him. He looked good in the preseason, and I really think he could succeed Spach as an H-Back with his blocking skills.
For starters, with the surprising cut of Cody Brown, that means the Cardinals must be grooming O'Brien Schofield as a future starter.
And as I mentioned before, I really like the addition of McDonald for the secondary. He's a guy who's been around and had success.
The team, however, did release two possible punt returners in Justin Miller and Marshay Green.
But they did not provide the secondary depth McDonald can.
I'm a bit surprised they let go of both Beisel and Togafau, given the lack of depth at LB, but again, I'm going to defer to the coaching staff.
If you had told me before the season started that the Cardinals would keep two undrafted receivers, I wouldn't have thought it possible.
But hey, I can't complain now.
Stephen Williams looks like the steal of the undrafted class, and Max Komar should fulfill a big need on special teams, especially if he becomes the full-time punt returner.
No other keeps really surprised me, other than perhaps Alfonso Smith, who they placed on IR, and may keep on the practice squad.