Dec 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington (58) lunges for the interception against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. Arizona won 37-34. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals trying to avoid paying Daryl Washington

Arizona Cardinals star inside linebacker Daryl Washington has been in trouble with the law multiple times over the course of his four-year career, and he was suspended for four games last season. Despite all of the off-field red flags, the Cardinals decided to activate his $10 million option bonus due to his incredible play on the field, as Washington is one of the NFL’s best linebackers and showed even better all-around play than expected last season. That decision has come back to bite the Cardinals, though it’s clearly more of an indictment on Washington’s dreadful behavior and decision-making, as opposed to foolishness from Steve Keim and the Cardinals front office. In the aftermath of Washington’s latest issue, Keim was clearly beyond seething at the 27-year-old.

Washington will be suspended for at least one season for marijuana usage, but his aggravated assault charge is the biggest issue on his laundry list of red flags. He deserves to have the hammer hit him hard for his recklessness, though the marijuana charge is small stuff in comparison to that assault. I mean, if you think Josh Gordon and Justin Blackmon are knuckleheads, then take a gander at Washington’s resume.

So why haven’t the Cardinals released Washington, whereas the Jacksonville Jaguars seem ready to let Blackmon go? Well, it looks like the only thing keeping the Cards from axing their talented ILB is money. ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that the Cardinals are looking to get off the hook for paying at least a portion of his $10 million option bonus, since they haven’t actually paid it out yet. The Cardinals believe that all of his issues indicate that Washington doesn’t deserved to be paid this total, and we’ll see if they actually have a case here. My guess is that the league will force them to pay the money they agreed to, because they knew full well about Washington’s off-field transgressions at the time of their decision.

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  • Richard

    If they knew about this latest drug violation before they agreed to this bonus then they are idiots. I can’t believe they did though.
    The NFL should make teams aware of these investigations as soon as they start looking into allegations so teams can make more educated decisions.

    • Pridenpoise

      I’m sure they did, they’re just as stupid as you are. Don’t look now but it looks like the Cardinals have the drug addicts on their roster. lol

  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states and NFL, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever


    • Dennis Hammond

      Dude…go smoke another one and maybe the guy next to you will actually believe your rant. You are a perfect example that anybody can say anything they want to and call it truth then call everyone else idiots for not believing it.

  • Dennis Hammond

    so, if an NFL player does a federal crime by tokin’ and possessin’ some weed and then extort $10,000 dollars doing it…why does he not go to jail on a fed case? Answer, because we have a president that does that too.