The Arizona Cardinals made two personnel moves Friday, firing one assistant coach and releasing a player.

John Lott, the team's strength and conditioning coach the past seven seasons, was fired. The team also released reserve inside linebacker Jasper Brinkley, who had one year left on a contract he signed last year.

Lott's firing wasn't a surprise within the Cardinals organization, even though he had two years left on his contract, which reportedly pays him $500,000 a year.

He came to Arizona in 2007 when Ken Whisenhunt became head coach.

Lott remained on coach Bruce Arians' staff, even though the two had no previous connection. Arians has firm ideas on preparing his teams to practice and play. For instance, he does not believe in organized stretching before practice, something Lott supervised under Whisenhunt.

Lott became a sort of cult hero for running the bench press part of the annual scouting combine. He often joked that he didn't receive his raspy voice from "singing opera."

Lott didn't attend the 2013 combine but returned this year.

Under Arians, Lott also had a lesser role in indoctrinating young players to the organization.

"Coach Arians let John know this morning (Friday) that he's making a change and going in a different direction in that role," according to a statement released by the team. "Everyone on the team is certainly grateful to John for his contributions and wish him nothing but the best. The search for a replacement is underway."

Lott, who did not return a phone message on Friday, was popular among many players, including Larry Fitzgerald, who lobbied for the team to re-sign Lott a few years ago.

The Cardinals are obligated to pay Lott's full salary should he not be hired elsewhere.

By releasing Brinkley, the Cardinals create an additional $2 million in cap space, giving them around $16 million to spend with the start of free agency a week away.

Brinkley will count $200,000 against the 2014 cap, the portion of his signing bonus that remains unaccounted for.