Snyder released just one year in to big money contract.
The Arizona Cardinals have confirmed that they have released guard Adam Snyder, just a year after handing him a sizeable contract.
The 31-year-old was released on Monday, as confirmed by the franchise on their official website, just one year into a five-year deal reportedly worth $17m that included a $5m signing bonus.
Snyder, who started 14 games last season, was deemed expendable following the acquisitions made by the Cardinals in the NFL Draft last week which all-but signalled the end of his time in Arizona.
They used the No.7 overall pick to take North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper and a fourth-round pick on James Madison’s Earl Watford.
There were question marks over Snyder’s arrival ahead of the 2012 season, after he signed as a free agent following a disappointing previous year with the San Francisco 49ers.
While the 49ers looked to upgrade by cutting him, Snyder struggled both in the passing and rushing game in Arizona and will now have to search for a new team ahead of the new season.
The Cardinals also released guard Jeremiah Warren, who signed as a free agent in January, while they capped off a busy few days by signing 16 undrafted players to free-agent contracts, including Arizona receiver Dan Buckner.
Buckner joins a group of five receivers signed, while Arizona also added three linebackers, three cornerbacks, two offensive tackles and a nose tackle.
The mantle will now be passed to Cooper in the guard position, while the Cardinals were $9.2m under the salary cap and will undoubtedly improve their position further following the release of Snyder.