As the Arizona Cardinals' rookie minicamp approaches this weekend, the organization needs to get down to 90 roster spots to adhere to NFL regulations. On Wednesday, the Cardinals moved closer to that magic number as the team released four players including center Valerian Ume-Ezeoke, cornerback Kevin White, cornerback Joel Wilkinson and safety Tyrequek Zimmerman.
Over the weekend, the Cardinals addressed depth issues in the secondary with the selection of three new defensive backs in the NFL Draft.
As cornerback Brandon Williams, safety Marqui Christian and cornerback Harlan Miller prepare for their first rookie camp, the Cardinals needed to clear space to allow the team's draft picks and the team's undrafted free agent class to participate in camp.
The transactions the Cardinals made Wednesday correlate with the way the team drafted as it picked up three defensive backs in the third round or later while center Evan Boehm was selected in the fourth round.
With the addition of six players through the draft and 16 undrafted free agents, the Cardinals still must release one player prior to this weekend's camp.
Of the undrafted free agents the Cardinals signed, only five play defense, but four of those players including Western Michigan cornerback Ronald Zamort and Notre Dame safety Matthias Farley play in the secondary.
White was the only player cut Wednesday who had notable experience within the Cardinals' organization. The Texas Christian product was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent last year before being cut and signed to the Cardinals' practice squad in November.
Ume-Ezeoke and Zimmerman signed with the organization in January, with Wilkinson joining the fold in February in hopes of transitioning from Australian Rules Football to the NFL.
Rookie minicamp will begin Friday and run through Sunday.