The Cardinals want to make sure a couple of key pieces — linebacker Daryl Washington and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling — stick around in the future. Both are in the team’s plans for contract extensions, with Washington’s current deal expiring after 2013 and Stephens-Howling working on his one-year restricted free agent tender for 2012.
General manager Rod Graves said the Cards have yet to actually extend any initial offers, but those negotiations will be coming because both are high on the team’s priority list. I would guess those discussions would start sooner rather than later, even though, in the case of Washington, he has a little while yet to go on his contract. The team has some salary cap room with which to deal.
Both are key parts to this team. Washington, who would have been considered as a first-round pick back in 2010 had NT Dan Williams not been available, is emerging as a potential star. Stephens-Howling has been the part of the backfield every team seems to need in today’s NFL — a return man and quick smaller back, who can cause matchup problems out of the backfield.
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