In a move that wasn't unexpected following the offseason acquisitions of Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, the Cardinals on Monday released quarterback Brian Hoyer.
Hoyer had become superfluous with the additions of Palmer, who has already been named the team's starter, and veteran backup Drew Stanton, who played under new coach Bruce Arians in Indianapolis last season. The Cardinals also have second-year quarterback Ryan Lindley, a sixth-round pick in 2012, under contract.
The 27-year-old Hoyer played in two games, going 19 for 34 for 225 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His only start came in the season finale, a 27-13 loss to the 49ers. He would have made about 2 million next season.
Also on Monday, the Cardinals signed rookie linebacker Kevin Minter, their second-round pick out of LSU, to a four-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were no disclosed. The team now has all of its draft picks other than first-rounder Jonathan Cooper under contract.