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

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

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.

Brinkley, signed as a free agent, played in 15 games last year, including three starts. He had 30 tackles on defense and five on special teams.

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.