Cardinals release DE Philon after arrest

The Arizona Cardinals released defensive end Darius Philon on Saturday, a day after he was arrested on an aggravated assault charge.

Earlier Saturday, coach Kliff Kingsbury declined to answer questions about Philon's future.

"Obviously, we're aware of the situation and the serious allegations," Kingsbury said. "It's been reported to the league. We will allow that process from the legal perspective and the league's standpoint to move forward, and we aren't allowed to comment further at this time."

Philon, 25, appeared in court on Saturday and was granted a $5,000 secured appearance bond. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for an incident that occurred in the Phoenix area in May in which he allegedly threatened to shoot a dancer outside a strip club, TMZ reported.

In March, Arizona signed Philon to a two-year deal worth $10 million with $5 million guaranteed, including a $4 million signing bonus.

The 6-foot-1, 286-pound lineman was drafted by the Chargers in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. He played in all 16 games with the Chargers last season, starting 13, recording four sacks, 33 tackles and a forced fumble.

With Philon's release, rookie Zach Allen, a third-round draft pick from Boston College, is next in line to assume a starting job.

"I like what Zach Allen has brought, and I'm really excited that we have him here," Kingsbury said earlier about Allen, praising his coachability and how hard he's worked. "We think he has a heck of a future."

Still, the Cardinals could be seeking reinforcements at the position. They previously released former first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche and waived Vincent Valentine, who had injury issues.

--Field Level Media