One day after losing one of their rookie wide receivers to a fracture in his hand, the Cardinals released one of the few receivers with any experience they had, cutting Kevin White on Wednesday.
They later added another veteran receiver, however, signing free agent Michael Crabtree to a one-year deal. No contract details were provided, as per club policy, but the deal is believed to be somewhere between $4-6 million.
White, 27, opened the preseason by being listed as one of three starters in coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense along with Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. White, however, suffered a hamstring injury and wasn’t available for either of the Cardinals’ first two preseason games against the Chargers and Raiders.
On Tuesday, it was learned first-year wide receiver Hakeem Butler, the team’s fourth-round pick out of Iowa State, sustained an avulsion fracture in his hand and could be headed for the injured list. The Cardinals have not yet said what their plans are for Butler.
The Cardinals signed White as an unrestricted free agent on March 15, hoping he could compete for one of the top spots in the receiver rotation and return to the form he had in 2015 when he was a first-round pick out of West Virginia by the Bears.