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The Arizona Cardinals are releasing veteran linebacker Jordan Hicks, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Hicks, 29, played at a high level last season, registering 116 tackles and four sacks, but the Cardinals are making the move to give Zaven Collins, drafted in the first round last year, more playing time.
The Cardinals had told Collins he would be the starter last season after selecting him 16th overall. Hicks said last year he was “pissed off” when initially told he had lost his starting job to Collins and that he requested a trade, which never materialized and the seven-year veteran ended up starting all 17 games.
By releasing Hicks now, he will be able to sign with another team before free agency officially begins next week.
Hicks signed with the Cardinals in 2019 and has posted more than 100 tackles in all three seasons with Arizona, including a career-best 150 in 2019.
He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected him in the third round of the 2015 draft. He missed 21 regular-season games due to a variety of injuries during his time with the Eagles but started didn’t miss a game in three seasons with the Cardinals.
He has career numbers of 638 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 11 interceptions.
Source: ESPN NFL