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Cutting Washington doesn’t make sense now

Posted by Darren Urban on May 30, 2014 – 4:14 pm

There is a lot to digest with today’s Daryl Washington news and, as I have seen via Twitter and the comments on the blog, many questions. The biggest is what this all means for Washington’s future with the team. Not surprisingly, there are many who have said Washington should just be released.

That seems a little knee-jerk, at least sitting here today. A suspension means the Cards aren’t going to have to pay Washington in 2014. If nothing else, that buys time to survey the situation and see exactly what all the options are. Besides, as bad of a spot as Washington has put the team with his absence, releasing him — at least now — puts the Cardinals in an uglier situation in terms of money and the salary cap.

If the Cardinals cut Washington now, that creates a dead money hit of $7.5 million on the current cap. Absorbing that, even after the money the team will clear on the cap next week as Daryn Colledge’s June 1 designation on his release kicks in, will create a serious cap crunch. (According to the NFLPA site, the Cards have around $4.5 million in cap space currently, and should clear around $5 million or so with the Colledge situation).

More importantly, the collective bargaining agreement includes the ability for teams to get back portions of bonus money paid when a player violates league policies, and the Cardinals are planning on exercising that right. If the Cards cut him now, they no longer can try and get back any money. That’s a crucial piece of information given the huge option bonus the team recently decided to give Washington ($5 million this year and another $5 million is due early next year, when Washington would still be under suspension.)

Any suspended player, per the rules in the Substance Abuse policy, has a contract that is “tolled” during a year-long suspension. In simple terms, Washington’s contract freezes at this point. He doesn’t get money, he doesn’t advance another year toward the end of the contract. It picks up when and if Washington is reinstated (meaning, for instance, his 2014 terms would move to 2015, etc.) Given that reality — and those listed above — there no reason to rush any decision. Again, Washington very well could be released down the road. But it makes little sense for it to be now.


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72 Responses to “Cutting Washington doesn’t make sense now”

  1. By Everett on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Darren,

    Being that his contract is frozen at this point & is pushed up a year, does that mean his $2.9M salary is immediately added back to the Cards cap this year? Seems like that money could be used for an ILB in a potential trade possibly. I do recognize that there are other variables for a trade to take place…..like a willing trade partner. Thanks!

  2. By Darren Urban on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Everett –

    RE: Salary

    I’m not sure exactly how the cap plays out with him on the roster but suspended.

  3. By j on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    im lookn at it as a injury, out for a year, next man up, no big deal, any team any time can be put thru this, the best overcome, true test for this year, im excited for the opportunity someone will have to shine there and become great themselfs.

  4. By dan on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Never will…………trade him.

  5. By Trevor on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Darren,

    I just read about Giants safety Will Hill’s recent suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Hill has failed 3 drug tests since 2014 – serving 4 games for Adderall in 2012, 4 more games last season (which he admitted was for marijuana), and now he has been suspended for 6 games this year for another failed drug test.

    My question is why would Hill only get 6 games, but Washington is done for the season after “only” two failed drug tests? What more to both of these two stories am I missing?

    Thanks.

  6. By Darren Urban on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Trevor –

    RE: Hill

    To start with, I believe Adderall falls under performance enhancing, meaning it’s a different policy than marijuana. Plus, there are likely details in both cases we do not know that would help explain things.

  7. By tmac66 on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Ok, Kevin Minter. show us what you’ve got.

  8. By ored on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    even though the weed rule is unfair considering i can go to wa.or co. and smoke it legally,until somebody figures out how this applies to the various sports leagues,it is what it is and the worst is what he did to his teammates and fans,would be justice if we were SB champions this year without him,that would drive the point home.

  9. By krehbieo14 on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    The Cardinals need to assess all their options and do what’s in their best interest. Washington is of no value to the Cards at this point. I doubt very much that DWash will ever suit up as a Cardinal again. The betrayal toward management, teammates and fans is irreconcilable.

  10. By JohnnyBluenose on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    @ j…..there is a big difference between sitting out because of an injury and being sat down, for the second time, for knowingly and stupidly violating the league’s substance abuse policy. i can’t see how washington can be welcomed into the cardinals’ locker room again. it may not make sense to release him now but i don’t doubt that keim will explore trading him once the season is over. hopefully we can get something of value for him.

  11. By horsepedlr on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    thanks rodger for doing this after the draft. signed the rams, 49′s seahawks. we really needed this.

  12. By Seacard on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Darren,
    Good post, I believe the cards did a good job protecting themselves cap-wise and were kinda prepared for an eventuality like this. I remember when he was given his extension, of all the linebackers that inked new deals, DWash’s included the lowest amount of guartaneed money of all of them. Also in theory at this point, Goodell could choose to carry over the suspension due to the assault charge into next season? I know the drug one will need to resolved first but assuming that remains at the one year, can he be punished further?

  13. By CreditCard on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Seldom does a word totally underscores a person’s innate behavior, attitude and respect for others. Daryl Washington defines the word “Knucklehead’.

    My opinion, Kudos to the commissioner for establishing and upholding rules. This is a game for the purpose of entertaining others. Washington didn’t understand all he had to do, is play within the rules and entertain others. He didn’t and became unbelievably selfish.

    Washington, like all other players is replaceable. When he is unemployed and broke, m/b he’ll pause and think how wonderful he really had it. Perhaps a Canadian Football League team will call him for his services., or perhaps an Arena team. Who knows, but an NFL team will at him as damaged goods.

  14. By Dr. G. on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Trevor – Washington had the 4 games last year for failing the 2nd time. The 3rd time is auto full season suspension. ((Re: Darren)) It is my understanding that you can be anywhere in the US if the League Office calls you to go to a nearby clinic for a test, you have to go, or it is considered a failed test. Washington failed to show up on a number of requested occasions… Don’t know yet anything after that. ((The word on the air))…

    Unfortunately, it is looking like the trust from the Card’s office has waned with Keim’s commentary. With the additional League Office penalty pending, multiple promises and feigned contrition from Washington, it is likely that he will not be with the team after March of 2015. No one wanted this to happen, but the writing is on the wall… This is real… He needs a miracle to save him… And, other teams will be wary to sign him…. This is the harsh reality…. Things just got worse today for him…..

    I remember an All-Star athlete with the Suns a number of year ago who had this decision : Here’s a bag of Crack on this table, and here’s 10 Million dollars on that table…. I’ll take the bag of Crack was his decision….

    These things are all about character and willpower…it is not an excusable disease. I’m bummed about this….but we move on to a Conference Title…!!!

  15. By NyCardinals212 on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Adderall and Weed. Adderall and Weed.
    One of these players, one of these days is going to be honest and say “yeah, I got busted in the middle of my DBol cycle, and I was snorting coke too”. But, who could blame them for a little Adderall and Weed. Ain’t that right, Demaurice?

  16. By Darren Urban on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Seacard –

    RE: Assault case

    He could be. We’ll see what happens.

  17. By Andy kw on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    I don’t understand why we would even think of releasing him. Let’s consider this his last warning. If he does this again, then we should cut him. Daryl Washington is one of the best in the league and I think he can get back to his drug free self. I have faith in our Pro Bowl ILB. He is a monster on the field and we will need him next year whether Larry Foote returns next year or not. Ernie Sims will do I guess . they better play to Washington’s level or better

  18. By Dr. G. on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    OK…Just one more line for clarity. Tokin’ up in Colorado or Washington is not legal – it is contrary to the Federal law, but not the State law.

  19. By rod on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    You know what, cut him anyway and make a statement to the team and the league and to guys who have stayed clean like the Badger.

  20. By Coach K on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Cut this scum bag and move on. We don’t need juveniles on this team. I have no respect whatsoever for DWashed-up. I don’t care how talented he is. He’s garbage. Move on.

  21. By cardsalltheway on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    If there is a next year for Daryl he’ll be suspended for at least 8 games for beating on/bone breaking his GF. That’s all D. Wash has wrote! Let’s see…that will make it 28 games suspended out of a possible 48 games(minimum) in 3 years, And that’s if he can stay out of trouble for the next year and a half??? If I were to make a wager on that, I’d say he’ll get in some rather than stay out of.

  22. By red bird of death! on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    What a dumbass this guy has life by the balls God given absolute amazing footballl skills is a multi millionaire and a father and he just can’t keep it together I think the Cards are moving on from this guy but I’d be full of crap if the guy wasn’t my favorite player talk about letting a lot of people down.

  23. By br on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Alot of posters were saying when we lost Dansby that we would be ok and he wouldnt have those kind f stats in Cleveland because our d-line was the reason wh he had the year that he had ( I tend to agree in the run d, but the pass d is a different story, Dansby got his pass d stats on his own in my opinion) but now with both our ILB’s gone dline and OLB’s have to step up and get to the QB on pass plays, we need to increase our sacks and QB hurries drastically, I think our run d will be fine with Minter and Foote (or whoever wins the battle for D-Wash’s spot. P. Angerer and JVilma are suddenly lookng pretty dang good as veteran FA’s to bring in at least for a look. I will refrain from comemting on Dwash situation/secision making…except to say, if I never see him in a Cardinals uniform it will be to soon!! ( I hope the Cardinals can get every penny of that 10mil bonus back and most if not all of his salary, with no salary cap hit ( pretty sure that wont happen, but it is better than me cursing the ground that he walks!!)

  24. By Christoph on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren!

    Obvoiusly very dissapointed by D-Wash. Do oyu think that could changes Bowles ideas scheme-wise? I could see a little more (not majority!) packages as a 4-3 team coming up. Minter would fit well as a MLB, Sam Acho could work as a cover-LB (maybe Will). With guys like Martin, Abraham, Shaughnessy, and even Okafor you have enough OLBs that look their part as a DE.

    To me its now even more up to the DBs to cover those TEs / Rbs as that might not be Minters strength.
    But what D-Wash was so good at, was his ability to spy on those athletic QBs. To me that might be the biggest problem for our D as they need to rush the passer even smarter (and therefore less effective) than they would have needed to with D-Wash on the field.

  25. By jeffgollin on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    The central point of all this is that the Cardinals should do what’s best for the current team and the franchise.

    While there’s nothing wrong (in fact some would say lauditory) with recognizing that DWash has personal demons to battle and supporting him in that struggle, this must take a back seat to other more far-reaching team financial and personnel priorities. (The Cardinals are a multi-million dollar business whose success in part is derived thru winning games, entertaining a fan-base and going far into the playoffs (if not farther).

    Right now, its chief concerns should be fielding a winning team and spending money wisely. Whether this means cutting DWash outright or keeping him on the roster in order to maximize cap room, this shouldn’t be no longer “all about Daryl” and, instead, everything about what’s in the Cardinals’ best interests.

  26. By Rugbymuffin on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    I don’t see wanting to release a player who has been in trouble in one way or another for 18 months now, and now is facing being in trouble for AT LEAST 18 more months and showing zero responsibility, honest or accountability, is “knee jerk”.

    Not in any way shape or form.

    DWaste has screwed over a lot of people, and has lied to even more than that.

    He cannot be trusted. BTW, by the time he is done with all this stuff he is going to be closer to 29 years old, and be away from football for almost a year and a half.

    How quickly we forget he still has the punishment from his assault charge to deal with.

    If the reason to wait is to get as much back from DWaste, then that makes perfect sense. DWaste has stolen so much already with his lies and distrust, I hope the Cardinals get even penny they can back from him.

    As for help ? LOL. This organization already tried to help, and the fans have already tried to support him, and he spat in all our faces.

    Yeah, he needs help, but he ain’t getting it here, no should he.

    Karma is a _____!

  27. By much.faster on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    curious, why hill got six games, and d-wash a year?

    ” …The team on Friday announced that the third-year safety lost his appeal and has been suspended six games without pay for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

    After serving a four-game ban in 2012 for performance-enhancing drug use, Hill missed the first four games of the 2013 campaign for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. ….”

    from nfl.com

    could it be, if washington makes an appeal, he also could get only six games?

    but with his other issues it would nevertheless be a year. f…….

  28. By cardsalltheway on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Roy Green sues NFL
    http://www.ksdk.com/story/sports/nfl/2014/05/20/roy-green-nfl-lawsuit/9359989/

    Basically for pushing drugs on NFL players so that they can play when they shouldn’t have been playing to begin with. Now, the NFL prevents NFL players from receiving legitimately prescribed medicine while promoting a more violent causing depressant everyday of the week which just so happens to cause too many deaths in society.

    I think Daryl Washington(if he had a prescription for his cannabis?) or any other NFL player should sue the NFL for preventing NFL players from receiving legitimate western medicine. This would be a Supreme Court case that puts the slap down on the NFL.

  29. By Andy kw on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Jonathan Vilma, Ernie Sims, and Erin Henderson look pretty good right now. Lets bring them all in to battle for Washington’s spot. Larry Foote and Kevin Minter can battle it out on the other side.

  30. By Andy kw on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    We still have one of the better DL in football with Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, & Dan Williams/Alameda Ta’amu. We have a great secondary with 2 Pro Bowl CBs Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie. We have a good Nickel CB with Jerraud Powers. We have Pro Bowl Caliber FS Tyrann Mathieu returning from injury soon and a nice backup in Rashad Johnson. Rookie SS Deone Bucannon has already improved the defense a lot. We have our leading pass rusher returning in Pro Bowl OLB John Abraham. Matt Shaughnessy played a huge part in our #1 ranked run defense last year and he is returning as well. Sam Acho’s return from injury already gives us nice insurance if any of them are injured or are struggling. Larry Foote is good when healthy and I can see him battling 2yr Pro Kevin Minter for the starting job. The other ILB spot can go to anyone who can blitz well under Todd Bowles scheme. Whether if we bring in Ernie Sims, Jonathan Vilma, Pat Angerer, or anyone else, our defense will still be aggressive and still be one of the best. I would prefer Jonathan Vilma as a strong candidate and bring Ernie Sims in as insurance. Lorenzo Alexander can help the special teams and provide some depth behind the real starters. With or without Daryl Washington, our Defense is still one of the best. He is suspended and we can move on from this non sense.

  31. By CreditCard on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Darren can you provide a little insight on the timing of the Washington suspension. That is, I’m glad it was done May 30th vs. August 30th. I would have been much happier if the sentencing was done March 30th — before the frantic free-agency time period, and the draft. The timing of the announcement of this seems odd to me.

    Thanks

    Credit Card

  32. By Big Ken on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Fans have anger and want to punish by cutting ties. But this isn’t college or high school for that matter. It’s a complex situation, the team has recourse at least financially.

  33. By Dylan on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Seriously you people are evil this guy makes some mistakes and get in trouble for it we get it he will serve his time and do what he needs to do but to treat daryl washington like he murdered someone is just plain stupid. about 5 years ago when i was 18 i went through a string of rough times and getting in trouble with the law and only getting a two misdemeanors but people looked at me totally different, still to this day jobs wont hire me for it so i can relate to daryl give him a break everyone needs them

  34. By Darren Urban on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Rugby –

    RE: Knee jerk

    It’s knee-jerk if you are cutting your nose to spite your face. Even if eventual release is the way to go, doing it now only hurts the team. That’s the point.

  35. By Darren Urban on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Credit –

    RE: Timing

    I can’t help you there. Maybe he just failed the test. Maybe this was when the appeal was denied. I do not know. The only way the timing is odd is if you knew for certain he was busted months ago, but I don’t know that to be true. Of course knowing sooner would have helped, but the idea the league screwed over the Cards by simply holding on to the info is foolish.

  36. By Nk on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    This situation obviously just sucks all around. He made some poor choices and now will pay the price, literally. I’m not ready to get rid of the guy just yet, as you’ve said Darren, that makes little sense right now. Do you know if he will be subject to more drug tests during the the length of his suspension? Or can he just sit around and blaze it up without worry for a year? Hopefully he takes this year to make some real changes in his life, but that remains to be seen. Also, this seemingly came out of nowhere, while its been reported that star WR Josh Gordon will also be suspended for the year for the same substance abuse reasons. Yet there has been no official announcement on that yet. I sure hope he gets the same punishment as Daryl and doesn’t get any prefferential treatment for being a “superstar” household name.

  37. By Julie on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Keeping someone on board who has violated the rules for a second time is moronic. Plus he assaults women. He clearly doesn’t make educated decisions in his life and isn’t worth investing any more time or money in. He’s worthless to us if he’s not playing. So get rid of him and fill the slot with someone who will show up to work. Why is this a difficult decision? It’s common sense.

  38. By Julie on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Dylan –

    Cry me a river. This is the NFL, if he violates the rules and can’t play for an entire year, then he is absolutely worthless to us. Forgive him on a personal note, but professionally we need to fill his empty slot and play some football. As a Cardinals fan, I don’t have time for a druggie professional athlete to get their act together. I want a championship ring and so do his teammates!!

  39. By Darren Urban on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Julie –

    RE: common sense

    It isn’t a difficult decision, and it is common sense. More harm comes to the team than good if you cut him right now. Which is the point of the post.

  40. By C on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    From reading the comments, I’m blown away by the lack of reading comprehension in some of our fan base. I have no doubt that Keim & Co. have their eyes, above all else, on the bottom line. There are a few silver linings here: You don’t pay him when he’s on suspension, that money doesn’t count against the cap, and you recoup some of the bonuses. When he comes back, I believe the drug testing policy shifts after the third offense, and testing becomes very, very aggressive (10 random tests per month? Please correct me if I’m wrong.)

    I’m as disappointed as the next fan here, but at the end of the day there are some positive protections for this team financially.

    That said, have you heard anything about Vilma being on the radar? I’m not sold on Sims for anything but roster depth. A healthy Vilma (big “if” on the health, but if you believe what you see online….) could be a great fit in a role similar to Dansby’s last year (both contract-wise and on the field).

    Thanks!

    -C

  41. By Jerry on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    I think after his suspension last season, the Cardinals should have made stipulations in his contract for random drug test, similar to the one the Honeybadger has. I wish him the best in whatever type of counseling or treatment center he attends. I hope to see him back as a Cardinal as long as he maintains working out. Darren, I know he isn’t allowed to attend any workouts or mini camps but does that exclude going to other player facilities like the one Fitzgerald holds in Minnesota?

  42. By Darren Urban on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    C –

    RE: Questions

    He is already being tested, I believe.

    As for Vilma, no idea.

  43. By Darren Urban on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Jerry –

    RE: Washington

    He’s not under house arrest. He just can’t come to the facility or attend any official functions.

  44. By davemaham on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Giants Safety Will Hill is only suspended for six games in 2014, after his third substance abuse incident. Why is Washington suspended for an entire year?

  45. By Delton on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    So with all this being said, were are the Cardinals looking for help? Do they trade for a Inside linebacker or do they look at the FA list? Or do they wait too see who gets cut from other teams.. It’s hard to find a player too fill in for someone like Washington.. I believe in Arians and Kiem.. Just curious too know what their thoughts are.

  46. By Darren Urban on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Davemaham –

    RE: Washington

    Washington’s punishment is spelled out here: http://blog.azcardinals.com/2014/05/30/ramifications-of-washingtons-suspension/

  47. By mike w on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Ok Keim where are you? Yes DWash putting the team in this situation is unacceptable, but now you need to step up and fill the void and if you don’t that’s unacceptable

  48. By Andy kw on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    You said the we will clear around $5 Million with the Daryn Colledge situation. Does that mean that we will get $5 Million more added on to the $4.5 Million in cap we currently have?
    And will the signing of Deone Bucannon affect the cap space as well?

  49. By William Barry on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Daryl only did this to himself…he needs help with his personal issues off the field. He is a great player, but we have Kevin Minter, Acho, Okafor, and others to fill the gap!!!! Go “young” Cards!!!!!

  50. By Darren Urban on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Andy Kw –

    RE: Cap

    Yes and yes.

  51. By Caio Ramos on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    @mikejurecki Why Will Hill got 6 games and D-Wash got the whole season? Both are in stage 2.

  52. By Cody Zarr on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Darren,

    You deserve an award for moderating these forums. I’m not sure how you do it, but there are times when I read responses to these articles and I just want an asteroid to smash the planet into dust.

    Fanalysts,

    There are some real supportive fans here and some who aren’t. There’s also one who apparently has never heard of the Supremacy Clause (I don’t condone smoking weed but I don’t condone being pompous without factual argument either), my guess is he’s not a real doctor. The simple fact is, you do not release an extremely talented player at any position “to teach them a lesson” or “to send a message”. This isn’t high school football. This is a multi-million dollar industry. The front office will do whatever they think is best to win football games, not go to bed with a clear conscience.

    Next man up. Plain and simple. Have faith in the front office. They earned that last season, period.

  53. By dan on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Daryl Washington is the best defensive player in the NFL. Losing both him and Carlos is an enormous blow to a promising year. That being said, hopefully God’s good graces will shine upon us, and Minter and Alexander can blossom into their full potential. Hopefully, also, Glenn Carson (6’3″, 236 lbs, 4.64 40 yard) can develop quickly in his natural position. I also think Tony Jefferson will be used at ILB at times.

  54. By jim b on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Does that mean they can get the $5M back that he has already been paid? Honestly, he is a great talent – but thats only valuable if he is actually on the friggin field. The question is do you trade him now when he still has some value, or let him come up dirty a third time and he will be worthless?

  55. By carlo milano on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Darren
    I would like to know your opinion about daryl.
    Obviouly this gut has some serious issues but i still think,especialy from when i listened his interviews ,he is a good dude.
    I m still confident that the organization,steve keim and mr.bidwell are going to try to help him.
    Noy he is described as a selfish ,a guy who didnt give a damn about his fans and teamates but he is not like this,he just going through a difficult stage of his life,i m not talking about the player now but the man daryl,he need support to overtake this moment

  56. By Mike Snead on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    “It doesn’t make sense to cut him now.”

    Man, I wish someone would show that to the geeks at the Arizona Republic.

    I haven’t seen that many “thumbs down” since Gladiator came out in 2000.

    With the exception of Bickley, they all seem to think that the Cards should cut him loose, no matter what the consequences.

    Thank God they’re not running the show, although they act like they’d like to.

    The Cards finally have a management team who knows what they’re doing.

    Let’s trust them to get the job done, rather than Paola Boivin and idiots like that.

    Arians and Keim have one focus, and that’s winning a championship. I think they can do it.

    Go Cards!

  57. By Tbru on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    I can understand the NFL cracking down on performance enhancing drugs. But I don’t get smoking pot in the off season who cares? I can live with a suspension for the assault charge, but I still say let the judicial system handle law and order ad let the NFL govern FOOTBALL related matters. If a player goes to jail and can’t play get rid of him. If a players legal status is a distraction to a team get rid rid of him. What if Wash played for Denver? Marijuana is a a legal to purchase in Colorado. In anther five years pot will be as legal as Budweiser, everywhere. In another fifteen the pot industry will probably have giant advertising signs in NFL stadiums.

    It gets harder and harder to go to Cardinals games each year because there is always some drunk idiot that has been over served and wants to start a fight. But that beer revenue is essential to the NFL machine.

    Donte Stallworth got suspended for a year for vehicular manslaughter. Washington gets the same penalty for chillin’. It is unacceptable the NFL puts the team and the fans in this situation

  58. By Darren Urban on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Carlo –

    RE: Washington

    I have talked to him more often than you have seen in interviews. I too think he is not a bad person. Clearly, he has issues. Even if you do not think he should be punished for weed, to not be able to control it so he can keep his job is a problem.

    All that said, this is not a kid. This is a grown man. Grown-ups have to be able to operate by the rules. Can’t have excuses for that.

  59. By Darren Urban on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Tbru –

    RE: Denver

    I will repeat: It doesn’t matter if it is legal or illegal. The league and the NFLPA collectively bargained that this was against the rules and have a very specific policy in place. You want to argue bigger picture stuff, fine. But it has nothing to do with Washington. Every job has rules in which we have to follow. He broke the rules, and now he is being punished. I don’t think that’s hard to understand.

  60. By Chuck 1 on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Re: The Pothead’s future with the Cards;

    I would have him play in 2015 when he is available (after a probable suspension for battery/assault to be levied after his current suspension is over). This assumes that he doesn’t fail another drug test in the meantime and is banned.

    Then, after the 2015 season I would trade him before he brings another suspension on himself. I would think that he will justify a good draft choice by playing well in 2015.

    He is and will be untrustworthy.

  61. By JohnnyBluenose on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Darren. As an indefinitely suspended player, is Washington still required to abide by the league’s drug policy and be subjected to numerous drug tests or can he toke to his heart’s content until he is re-instated?

  62. By Dr. G. on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren – There has been much nebulous debate and opinion about the legal and penalty aspects for Washington’s situation. Below is a link to the NFL’s substance abuse policies. You may point to this in a blog and delete my post or just leave it as is. I’m sure you have this in your files. It is very informative for me.

    Darren has explained in various posts that:
    Stage 1 is “Intervention”….warning & counselling.
    Stage 2 is 4 month’s suspension…2013
    Stage 3 is Full Season Suspension…2014

    Washington has 3 strikes on paper… And his penalty cannot be negotiated. Things do not look good for him; but he can survive this if he digs in and Keim is amenable.

    http://images.nflplayers.com/mediaResources/files/PDFs/PlayerDevelopment/2010%20Drug%20Policy.pdf

    For those who want accurate clarification for what Washington has to face, please read this document. It outlines in legalese the procedure not to be debated. Get a cup of coffee; it is voluminous.

    Be well Cards Fans…Thanks Darren

  63. By Dr. G. on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    As a quick follow, we need to understand that according to the NFL Substance Abuse Plan, Washington has already been getting medical counseling since before last year. It’s effectiveness appears questionable. Just a sad fact, not opinion…. He has not been neglected…. G’day….

  64. By Darren Urban on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Johnnyblue –

    RE: Testing

    Testing continues. Ask Brandon Browner.

  65. By clssylssy on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Very unfortunate but I think everyone is over reacting. This team does not revolve around one individual player and I have complete faith that Steve Keim and BA will do what is necessary to deal with the problem whether it is bringing in more starting talent or just bringing in guys to fortify and give us more depth. It’s like Keim said, it’s like a major player going down with a season ending injury in camp…allowances for these types of circumstances are anticipated for and this isn’t their first rodeo! The real important thing here is that we have one of the best coaching staff’s in the league as well as other talented players to help take up the slack. We are very very fortunate we have so many gifted and multidimensional players for BA to work with creatively.
    I personally think Washington is a great player who, if cut, would be grabbed up by the 9ers or Seahawks in a heartbeat. The NFL’s drug policy is absurd and antiquated and is in serious need of an overhaul. Marijuana while illegal is some states is legal for medical reasons more and more and Adderall has legitimate therapeutic use for the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (which is common in much of the population including football players).
    The NBA jshowed iti had a pair by taking away Donald Sterling’s team because of behavior detrimental to the league and it will be interesting to see if Roger Goodell is all show and no go when it comes to deciding if protecting the integrity of the shield is solely the responsibility of the players or rests with ALL employees of the NFL from top to bottom.
    I think much of this could be avoided if the NFL would take better care of their product and be proactive when individuals begin being a concern for their team and the league.

  66. By JohnnyBluenose on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    So, for DWASH to play another snap for any NFL team he must not test positive for any illegal substances for the next 16 months….probably not going to happen. Maybe he can pull a “Ricky Williams” and play in the Canadian Football League. Too bad but I think he’s done.

  67. By Scott H on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Way to go, Daryl. Way to go. Way to stick it to the Cardinals organization, your coaches, your teammates, and the fans. I’m sorry to see that you – the football player – will not be on the field this year. Because your presence certainly would have helped a team that is CLEARLY ready to be a contender in the NFC. But I have not ONE ounce of sympathy for you – the person – because you got what you deserved. News flash, dude – the NFL isn’t tolerating these behaviors. I’m pretty sure you know that. But the fact that you chose to engage in them, anyway, shows how much this matters to you. For a person who was supposedly just trying to focus on football and put this all behind him, this would seem to be the ultimate punishment. Because now you get to focus on you and your problems and you get to feel what life is like when you DON’T have football to divert your focus. Know what ? Deal with it. See ya next year. Maybe. if you’ll excuse us, we need to focus on football and an up-coming season that looks real promising, with or without you.

    You get no well wishes from me. If you want to have the PRIVELEGE of getting back on the football field, then it’s on you. Get yourself together.

  68. By Scott H on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Yeah…how does losing Karlos Dansby look NOW??? Again, this is situation that the un-certainty that a player like Washington creates puts a team in. And that is a shame. If this team could have known they would be without Washington and they keep Dansby here, they are more than fine. But they can’t know, so they have to gamble. And the Cardinals lost.

  69. By Rick on Jun 3, 2014 | Reply

    Dam I just bought his jersey last year wonder if I can return it for a Peterson jersey.

  70. By Dr. G. on Jun 4, 2014 | Reply

    Rick – I certainly would return it. It has a defect as with any other product you would buy…. I hope you got it at the team shop…. Good luck…

  71. By br on Jun 6, 2014 | Reply

    If he pops again it is a lifetime ban, so yep i would think this is his last warning. Also no team is going to trade for him, they all know the next time he smokes the devils lettuce, its addios amigo, for life! In Dwash’s case I firmly believe it is not “if” he blazes again, but “when” he blazes!!

  72. By br on Jun 6, 2014 | Reply

    I read the other day that they had not actually made the 5mil payment yet (maybe they have known something for awhile) but no matter, paid or not I hope they get every penny back, or get to keep every penny of the bonus, as well i hope they can file a grievance or a lawsuit and have the rest of his contract null and void, and as soon as that happens cut him and never allow him to suit up for the Cardinals again!! Cant trade him, cuz when he pops positive the next time (and there WILL be a next time!) he is automatically hit with lifetime ban from NFL, no team in their right mind is going to offer you squat for him, trade value is 0, thats zero, zilch, notta, nothing!!!

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