DT Nkemdiche clears waivers, becomes free agent

Former first-round defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, who was released Saturday by the Arizona Cardinals, cleared waivers and became a free agent on Monday.

Any team that claimed him off waivers would assume the $1.6 million remaining on the final year of his contract. The Cardinals let him go before Nkemdiche was due a $400,000 bonus had he been on the roster on the fifth day of camp.

Nkemdiche, who turns 25 in September, had been on the physically unable to perform list as he continues to recover from a December tear of his ACL, but he reported to camp last week in poor shape.

Nkemdiche was pegged as a potential top-10 pick coming out of Ole Miss in 2016, but he slipped to Arizona at 29th overall amid concerns about his personality and work ethic.

He started just six of 27 games in three seasons with the Cardinals. He was more productive in 2018, collecting all 4.5 of his career sacks and nine of his career 10 tackles for loss, but his season ended with the ACL tear in Week 14.

--Field Level Media