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Arizona Cardinals cut ex-Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims

Chris Humphreys- USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals are looking for Carson Palmer’s successor, but it will not be former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims.

He was cut from the team Friday, after Arizona traded for Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Matt Barkley. Philadelphia will receive a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, if Barkley stays on Arizona’s roster for at least six weeks.

Sims took to Instagram to express his feelings.

Sims started his college career at Alabama, redshirting his freshman season in 2010.

He split time with AJ McCarron in 2011, completing 64 percent of his passes for 163 yards with two interceptions in eight games. Sims transferred to Virginia in 2011, after losing the quarterback battle to McCarron. Academic mishaps would cause him to move again in 2013.

As a redshirt senior, Sims became a standout at Winston-Salem (N.C.) State University.

He accounted for 1,560 passing yards with 15 touchdowns to four interceptions, guiding the team to a 9-2 record. Sims was signed to the Cardinals on May 10, but now returns to the drawing board.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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