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Cardinals sign Mikey Bart, release Collin Bevins

The Arizona Cardinals released one of the undrafted free agents they signed after the draft in order to pick up another one on Wednesday.

The Cardinals held their rookie minicamp over the weekend, and after the first three practices concluded, all 17 of the undrafted free agents Arizona signed following the NFL Draft remained on the team's roster.

However, after the team began offseason training activities (OTAs) this week, Northwest Missouri State product Collin Bevins was the first player to get the axe, as the franchise released Bevins on Wednesday to make room for linebacker Mikey Bart.

Bart, a product of North Carolina, is also an undrafted free agent who went unsigned after the draft and will receive his first opportunity with the Cardinals. Bart joins fellow Tar Heels T.J. Logan, the Cardinals' fifth-round draft pick in 2017, and center Lucas Crowley, an undrafted free agent, on the Cardinals' roster.

Bart played defensive end in college, but the Cardinals signed him as a linebacker presumably so that Bart can work as an outside linebacker in the team's 3-4 scheme. 

At the college level, Bart accumulated 13.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks, including a career-high 6.5 sacks during his junior season in 2016. 

Bart is now one of six outside linebackers on the Cardinals' roster, as he joins a loaded group that includes returning starters Chandler Jones and Markus Golden. The Cardinals will likely keep between three and five outside linebackers on their active roster, so Bart will face a stiff challenge if he hopes to make the team this fall.

The decision to release Bevins comes shortly after the Cardinals picked up the highly productive defensive end from the Division II ranks. Bevins dominated his competition at the college level and helped the Bearcats win back-to-back Division II titles, but he was not able to translate his success in the first practices of his professional career. 

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