Cardinals release offensive lineman Adam Snyder

4/29/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Arizona Cardinals announced the release of versatile offensive lineman Adam Snyder on Monday, after he’d played just one season primarily at the guard position for the team.
Adam Snyder was one of the Arizona Cardinals’ biggest offseason acquisitions last year. The Arizona Cardinals were probably interested in Adam Snyder due to his association with NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers’ successful offensive line and his versatility across the line. But even there Adam Snyder was considered a weak-link on the San Francisco 49ers offensive line, a conception that he refreshed in most minds during recent times, following a disappointing showing in Arizona as well.
While initially dealing with a persistent elbow injury, Adam Snyder struggled on an Arizona Cardinals offensive line that also played poorly down the stretch, allowing 58 sacks last season.
However, Adam Snyder’s versatility did prove to be a plus-point last season as he started the final three games of the regular season at center, in relief of both Lyle Sendlein and Rich Ohrnberger, who were out with season-ending injuries. Adam Synder started all 14-games he played for the Arizona Cardinals last season.
But the writing had been on the wall for Adam Snyder as his time in Arizona came to a close after the Arizona Cardinals drafted North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper seventh overall pick last Thursday. The Arizona Cardinals also added James Madison guard Earl Watford in the fourth-round of the NFL Draft this weekend.
Although the Arizona Cardinals will save $2.91 million in 2013 salary from the five-year, $17.5 million deal they signed with Adam Snyder last offseason, the team is also expected to land $4M in dead money. However, it is believed since the Arizona Cardinals will likely designate Adam Snyder as a “June 1” cut, the team could end up spreading the cap hit from his 2012 contract over two seasons – with $1 million in the 2013 and $3 million the following season. 
Before joining the Arizona Cardinals, Adam Snyder also started 69 regular season games (at all four positions across the offensive line) for the San Francisco 49ers. The 31-year-old Adam spent seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers after they selected him in the seventh-round of the 2005 NFL draft.
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