The Cardinals are giving Hicks permission to seek a trade after the team selected fellow linebacker Zaven Collins with the 16th overall pick in last month's draft, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The Cardinals seemingly want their two most recent first-round picks to be the starting inside linebackers, with Collins joined by Isaiah Simmons in a 3-4 base front. Hicks is coming off back-to-back seasons with 16 starts and triple-digit tackles, while also adding 10 pass breakups, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks between those years. The veteran linebacker turns 29 in June, at which point he may already be with a new team.

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