Cardinals release Ted Ginn Jr.

In another move to save cap sace, the Cardinals released underperforming wide receiver/return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. on Monday.

Ginn signed a three-year, $9.75 million free-agent contract a year ago in hopes of improving the return game and serving as a speed receiver to complement starters Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. His contributions in the return game were inconsistent (26 punt returns for 277 yards and one touchdown, 19-yard average on 22 kick returns), although the blocking in front of him was a significant issue for most of the season.

Ginn never got much of a chance to establish himself on offense because rookie John Brown emerged as the team’s top deep threat to complement Fitzgerald and Floyd.

Ginn finished the season with 14 receptions for 190 yards. Ginn was due to make $3.25 million in base salary with a cap number of $4 million. The move will save the Cardinals $2.5 million in cap space but cost them $1.5 million in dead money.

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