Former Lehigh football receiver Ryan Spadola released by Cardinals


Wide receiver Ryan Spadola has accomplished something that most Lehigh football players never do: make it to the National Football League. However, Spadola has hit another bump in the road of his NFL career.

The Arizona Cardinals announced that they have released the former Lehigh football star, along with 10 other players, as part of their mandatory cuts to get their roster down to 75 players by Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Spadola had originally signed with the Cardinals back in early December 2014. He remained on their team throughout the offseason, playing in the team’s first three preseason games.

Spadola has also spent time with the New York Jets, who originally signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2013, as well as the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons. While mostly being on the practice squads of these teams, he has played in four regular season games over the past two years.

In his four years at Lehigh, he accumulated 3,611 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns, one of the best statistical performances of any wide receiver in recent Lehigh history.

Spadola will now become a free agent, where other teams will have a chance to sign him if they choose.

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