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Cardinals cut Daryl Washington


Former Pro Bowl linebacker Daryl Washington is now a free agent.

The Cardinals announced today that they have released Washington, shortly after he received a conditional reinstatement from an indefinite substance-abuse suspension. The team said Washington met with team president Michael Bidwill, General Manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians this week.

It remains to be seen whether any team will be interested in acquiring Washington, who still has to do some work within the league’s substance-abuse program before he can be reinstated in full.

Washington had an excellent season in 2012 and played well again in 2013, although he missed four games because of a substance-abuse suspension and was also arrested for assault that year. After the 2013 season he pled guilty to the assault, failed another drug test and has been suspended since.

The 30-year-old Washington may still be able to help some team’s defense, if teams think they can count on him off the field. That’s a big “if.”

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33 Responses to “Cardinals cut Daryl Washington”
  1. dwoofer says: May 11, 2017 1:32 PM


  2. practical1site says: May 11, 2017 1:33 PM

    Mike Brown on line 1.

  3. jjackwagon says: May 11, 2017 1:33 PM

    30-something vets with off-the-field issues are finding that the NFL has changed.
    Teams have discovered that its cheaper & safer to sign a young UDFA without the baggage.

  4. chrisbermanscolon says: May 11, 2017 1:33 PM

    He doesn’t have much left in the tank

  5. Ugadogs21 says: May 11, 2017 1:37 PM

    Good bye Cardinals, Hello Cowboys!!

  6. Drunk Uncle says: May 11, 2017 1:46 PM

    Unlike Seattle, the Cardinals actually have some class and ethics. Meanwhile, Frank Clark continues his Twitter war.

  7. gbrim20 says: May 11, 2017 1:46 PM

    Screw you Daryl. Thanks for letting us down again and again. Don’t let the door hit you.

  8. dlw492 says: May 11, 2017 2:03 PM


  9. cakesw says: May 11, 2017 2:03 PM

    Proud to be a Cardinals fan….

    Glad he cut the jerk. Don’t need that in the locker room.

    His career is over.

  10. "All Eyez On Me" in theaters june 16 2017 says: May 11, 2017 2:10 PM

    Can he cover TEs?

  11. theauger says: May 11, 2017 2:15 PM

    This is no surprise to anyone familiar with the situation. The guy let the Cardinals down.

    He signed a big contract which included a $10 mil option bonus to start the 2014 league year. The Cards picked up that option bonus after assurances from him that the issues that caused his 2013 four game suspension were a thing of the past. Two months later, he is suspended for the year. And then he begins his 3 year hiatus by routinely either pissing hot or missing test & treatment.

    The whole time during which the cards had to carry his bonus money on the cap while he was gone. While he might still have something left in the tank, he burned his bridges in Arizona.

  12. LakefrontLegend says: May 11, 2017 2:17 PM

    Called it. The team had given nothing but lukewarm quotes since Washington’s reinstatement, you could tell he wasn’t in their plans.

  13. RegisHawk says: May 11, 2017 2:19 PM

    Cardinals actually have some class and ethics

    Is that what that guy was smoking when he turned himself in to the police? Class and ethics?

  14. RegisHawk says: May 11, 2017 2:21 PM

    Cardinals actually have some class and ethics

    So was Chandler Jones smoking the class and Robert Nkimdiche smoking the ethics or was it the other way around?

  15. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says: May 11, 2017 2:26 PM

    Bengal, Cowboy, or Seahawk by the end of next week.

  16. ozzman64 says: May 11, 2017 2:30 PM

    Looks be headed to Cincinnati to become a Bengal.

  17. blowfishes says: May 11, 2017 2:40 PM

    I hope he signs with a team who will put in the effort to assist him with his rehabilitation. Some teams purely see players as a commodity rather than an actual human. I’m making no judgement on the Cardinals as I have no idea how they are run, but I know that certain other high paid companies would simply let the guy flounder personally until he no longer has value to them. If his football career is over, then I’m unsure if he’ll be able to deal with his issues. I wish him well.

  18. fakebookfreddy says: May 11, 2017 2:45 PM

    Raiders? Aldon Smith is on his 10th chance.

  19. practical1site says: May 11, 2017 2:50 PM

    If I was a GM I wouldn’t mind bringing him in to be a camp body if nothing else. If he doesn’t work out cut him but if he can regain his old form then it would be an absolute steal and would greatly improve any defense in the league.

  20. trubroncfan07 says: May 11, 2017 2:51 PM

    So they let this crud back in, but not the kid from Cleveland, at least the NFL is consistent being inconsistent.

  21. cakesw says: May 11, 2017 3:08 PM


    So now guys who had Pot issues are the equivalents to guys who beat up women ?

  22. bobthebillsfan says: May 11, 2017 3:11 PM

    The Cards sure don’t seem to put up with players who run afoul of the law. First Micheal Floyd, now this guy.

    However, as we all know, one team’s trash is another team’s treasure.

  23. RuddyJamesDIO says: May 11, 2017 3:11 PM


  24. metalup666 says: May 11, 2017 3:14 PM

    It’s hilarious how a lot of the knuckleheads that come on here automatically pick certain teams that guys with off field issues are going to go to. Pretty sure every team in the league has had problem players before. Oh, and before the “well these are the teams that have the most” comments start coming, maybe read arrest reports since 2000 for each team and see where they rank.

  25. mrboado says: May 11, 2017 3:16 PM

    The difference with Jones and Nkimdiche is that they are not NFL repeat offenders.

    Washington was.

    Fool me once, shame on you; fool me more than once, well, you get cut.

  26. magikskillz says: May 11, 2017 3:43 PM

    Daryl Washington was a two time ALL-PRO LINEBACKER. That is much more impressive than making the pro-bowl. Some team will definitely give him a look to see what he has left. Look for a one year prove it type deal with lots of incentives.

  27. burghfanincincy says: May 11, 2017 4:04 PM

    My offhand guesses as to where he lands–


    Perhaps he’ll surprise me and wind up with the Giants, in which case Roger Goodell will expunge his record completely.

  28. peterawrhatred says: May 11, 2017 4:06 PM

    I hear the team president bid him well

  29. canjura says: May 11, 2017 6:39 PM

    One team being left out from potential spots is the Rams. Rams are transitioning from a 4-3 to a 3-4 under Wade. Washington shined under Ray Horton’s 3-4 defense. Seems like a logical fit to me, if he can still ball.

  30. theandy59 says: May 11, 2017 7:04 PM

    30 years old, 3 seasons removed from the field. Those numbers just don’t work.

  31. Caught Looking says: May 11, 2017 7:52 PM

    Michael Bidwill said it would take more than an 30 minute conversation. Doubt it took half that long.

  32. donttrollonme says: May 11, 2017 8:04 PM

    This is a how a class organization handles problem players.

    Other NFC West teams should take note.

    Go Cardinals!

  33. bkostela says: May 11, 2017 9:45 PM

    This guy screams Jerry Jones

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