Arizona’s next loss, whether it’s today against Carolina or later in the postseason, is expected to be running back Edgerrin James‘ final game in a Cardinals uniform.
Cutting James, who carries a $6.75 million salary-cap number for next season, will be a salary-cap boon for the Cardinals. When the Cardinals and James cut ties, Arizona will save $5 million against the cap, tacking that on to the $41 million it’s already scheduled to be under the cap.
Then the Cardinals would have close to $50 million –- $50 million in cap room! –- available this offseason.