The Cardinals’ roster underwent a makeover on Wednesday, the second day of the free agency period.

The team announced that five free agents had come to terms on contracts, and that it had released starting safety Kerry Rhodes, who was due to make $6 million this year.

The departure of Rhodes leaves cornerback Patrick Peterson as the only returning starter in the secondary. The team previously released strong safety Adrian Wilson and cornerback William Gay.

On Wednesday, the Cardinals took steps to replace those players. Cornerback Jerraud Powers, a former Colt, signed a three-year contract. Safety Yeremiah Bell, formerly with the Jets, agreed to a one-year deal.

The team also signed running back Rashard Mendenhall, a former Steeler, to a one-year deal, quarterback Drew Stanton, a former Colt, to a three-year contract.

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, a Pro Bowl special teamer last year with the Redskins, agreed to a three-year deal.

Rhodes’ release was a surprise. He played well last season, but he was due to make $6 million this year in compensation, including a $4.5 million base salary, a $1 million reporting bonus and a $500,000 workout bonus.

Mendenhall, who turns 26 this summer, will compete with Ryan Williams and others for playing time.

The deal reunites Mendenhall with Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who was the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh during Mendenhall’s first four seasons.

With a one-year deal, Mendenhall is obviously trying to re-establish himself as a starting-caliber back.