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.”

33 responses to “Cardinals cut Daryl Washington


  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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