Cards release Levi Brown

Updated: March 13, 2012, 4:52 PM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN

The Arizona Cardinals have released offensive tackle Levi Brown.

Brown carried a $17 million cap hit for 2012.

Arizona selected Brown with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2007 draft, ahead of running back Adrian Peterson.

The Cardinals are attempting to clear cap space to pursue free agents such as quarterback Peyton Manning, who met with Arizona officials over the weekend.

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