Not For Long: Cards cut Laboy

April 29, 2009, 10:06 AM HST · Updated April 29, 1:01 PM
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By Fred Guzman
MauiToday.TV

Here’s the latest example of why NFL stands for, as Jerry Glanville so memorably noted, Not For Long.

Just one season after signing a five-year, $22 million contract with Arizona that included a $7.5 million bonus, former University of Hawaii defensive end Travis Laboy is looking for work.

Laboy was released by the Super Bowl finalist yesterday, along with the veteran running back Edgerrin James and cornerback Rod Hood.  The roster moves allowed the Cardinals to clear $10 million in salary cap space.

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Laboy registered 38 tackles and four sacks in 13 games in his first season with Arizona after spending his first three years with Tennessee.  Those numbers apparently were not good enough.  As a result, Laboy’s on the job market at the same time as several players with Hawaii ties are about to begin their NFL careers.

Baldwin High grad Kaluka Maiava, chosen in the fourth round out of USC, reports to Cleveland’s rookie mini-camp tomorrow.  Another outside linebacker, UH’s David Veikune, also will be in attendance.  Veikune was picked in the second round by the Browns.

UH defensive back Ryan Mouton was drafted in the third round by Houston and long-snapper Jake Ingram was taken in the sixth round by New England.  Also, Oregon offensive lineman Max Unger was picked in the second round by Seattle.

Meantime, former UH linebacker Solomon Elemimian will get a tryout with Buffalo after not being picked in the draft.

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