Cards give Washington new six-year deal

Posted by Darren Urban on September 6, 2012 – 9:42 am

When training camp opened, general manager Rod Graves mentioned that the team was planning on opening contract extension talks with linebacker Daryl Washington, who still had two years left on his rookie deal. It made sense, locking up a potential future star. Washington liked the idea.

“It’s definitely been on my mind, that I want an extension and be with this team for a long period of time,” Washington said in Flagstaff. “That stuff will work itself out though.”

Thursday, it did, with Washington agreeing to a new six-year contract that will keep him part of the Cardinals through 2017. Financial terms have yet to be put out there – the Cards, as usual, are not announcing them – but you figure Washington is in a good place now. And he’s one of the young anchors, along with Calais Campbell and eventually Patrick Peterson that will help transition the defense from veterans like Adrian Wilson and Darnell Dockett.

“Two things that successful teams do consistently is build through the draft and keep their core players,” Graves said. “Daryl has certainly lived up to the potential we all saw in him coming out of TCU in 2010 and he has established himself as one of the top young defensive players in the NFL. I know he feels, like we do, that his best football is still ahead of him and we’re thrilled that this deal gives him the opportunity to achieve that with the Cardinals.”

Washington already figures to be one of the breakout players this season. Now he’s got the contract to go with it.

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42 Responses to “Cards give Washington new six-year deal”

  1. By SteveG on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Great news and thank you Mike Bidwill. Never would have happened in the bad ol’ Sun Devil stadium days….

  2. By Shane on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    FANTASTIC! Kudos FO!

  3. By Dre on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Good deal

  4. By Kurt on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Well deserved

  5. By AndyStandsUp on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Good news.
    Who’d be next in the chain: Acho, Schofeld, Skelton?

  6. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Next

    I’d think they’d want to get Hyphen done. UFA after this year.

  7. By Eric Y on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Definitely a keeper. Gord work locking him up. This guy is such a stud.

  8. By Gilbert on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Great move

  9. By Austin on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Thrilled to see this! I believe he will be a pro bowler year in and year out, starting with this season! Congrats D-Wash!!!
    Go Cards!!

  10. By Changing desert temperature on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Nice! We should have a very motivated D. Lookout Hawks, freight train a comin’!

  11. By Kurt on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Concerning Hyphen, his recieving numbers should jump a bunch with only 5 WRs on the roster look for him to line up in the slot pity the linebacker who has to cover him.

  12. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Too bad Graves hasn’t cared to try to build the QB position or O-line through the draft over the past several seasons. I can’t figure out why those positions haven’t had more priority than the others.

  13. By Cards4ever on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    because they take best player available. If the best player isn’t a offensive lineman or QB then they won’t take them. But your point is invalid because they did take 3 OL, which all made the team and they drafted Ryan Lindley

  14. By D on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    I give Graves a hard time due to some of his decisions, so i have to give him props on this, Good job!. Is Hyphen next?

  15. By DontTakeLoses on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Lol. LOVE it,

    The haters will find something to criticize, but this sends great message to PP et al. Patience and Performance are rewarded..PP. 😉

    Way to go Cards!

  16. By Nick Pepe on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Great news. Now lets get LSH done. We have playmakers all over the field. Hopefuilly they get the chance to make plays!

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member

  17. By Frandy on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Awesome move and not waiting til his “contract year”. Great job in keeping core players. Go Cards!

  18. By Brent on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    I assume this increases his cap number for this year? I hope they brought forward as much as they can since they seemed to have cap space right now.

  19. By K-DUB on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Cards trully have changed. They’re locking up their young and talented players. I’m guessing our players compared to the league learn to play and earn your contracts. Last guy to holdout was Duece and Cards stood ground which turned out to be the right move. WE HAVE mentors like Fitz and A-DUB to guide the young bloods to a true football team.

  20. By joe67 on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats D-Wash and FO. Just one more step in turning this franchise around, and making the Cards a ……”Franchise on the rise”.

  21. By Dynosoar on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    A dynasty isn’t built overnight, or in one draft. We’ve addressed many concerns in the draft since Whisenhunt has been the coach. Running game (no more end of career backs), wide receivers to compliment Fitzgerald (have you seen the numbers from Bolden and Breaston, not what they were here.) D. Wash to replace Dansby (speaking of numbers since they left) PP to replace Dominique (who thinks that was a bad move).

    It takes years to improve the entire team through the draft. I’m confident O-line will be seriously addressed next year (and if you hadn’t noticed, was addressed by I believe three players this year.)

    Coach is an engineer and engineers have plans and follow proven systems. A dynasty’s not built overnight and if you look at the entire picture, we’re building a dynasty.

    Fitzgerald should get his ring and perhaps more than one.

  22. By Nick Pepe on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Well played Dyno!!!

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member

  23. By Rugbymuffin on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply


    You could knock me over with a feather. Not in a million years would I expect the Cardinals to pull this off, at this time.

    Just wow! I am very impressed with the Cardinals and what they did here. Just so out of the ordinary, and different then in the past.

    Great job by the Cardinals front office.

  24. By cdj on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply


    you are completely right the only problem is that fans do not have the patience anymore to wait for a team to build itself up, all every fan asks for is WIN now and if the coaches and GMS dont do stuff to say WIN NOW then its a terrible move

  25. By cardsalltheway 2 on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, but why wasnt it for 7 years?
    Graves should be fired.

  26. By johnnybluenose on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    great news about washington. as for hyphen, he has been a valuable player but the backfield could be a bit crowded now with wells, williams and maybe powell stepping up. if they all remain healthy i can see where hyphen gets fewer touches and may even be replaced as a kick returner. i can’t see him getting an extension any time soon, not until we see how the other guys do. but i would be glad to be proven wrong. three more days to go. let’s get started !!

  27. By bluepitt on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Great move, now lets see if DW plays for 3 years and wants more$$$$

  28. By Ernest on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    The real question is WHERE can I buy his jersey. =P

  29. By cheesebeef on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    this is a really great move, locking up a guy YEARS before the gun’s put to our head. love, love, LOVE seeing this FO be proactive like this.

  30. By Scott H on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    This is good! Great to have another young rising star taken care of.

  31. By Austin on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Well played good sir! Couldn’t agree more.

  32. By AzDesertRat1953 on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Well I’ll Be, the Cards have sure turned it around in the front office since Rod took the GM job in 2002. Michael B. It shows that you want it real bad. You and the Other Cards Team (the front office) want to get that SB win just as bad as we the Fans want it.

    I also like the fact that you, Mr. Michael Bidwell CEO, won’t stop spending the money to get the BEST players that you and the front office can find, and then Try very Hard to keep them Here. Please, Do Not Stop doing that, I LIKE IT!!!

    GO CARDS!!!

  33. By Dynosoar on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for reading my thoughts and all your kind comments and for seeing what I’m seeing.

    cdj, I’m old and so I have patience. Been a Card fan since the Year of Star Wars (77 for you youngsters). I do have to say, I expect actually expect a 12-4 season. (Remember I’m old, we’ll see if I’m optimistic, realistic or delusional / senile.)

    if we can step back from the season and see the last several years, we’ve been adding the right pieces and if it’s not now, the dynasty will begin next season. Although, I really feel it begins next Sunday at home. Sorry Seahawks, but you’re our first victim.

  34. By georgiebird on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    I love DW’s speed skills but wonder if he is strong enough for the 3-4 scheme as an ILB. Last last year he was run over by the run game- doubt very much that DW is 6-2 230. If people start to talk about DW as a strong candidate for All-Pro, then the Cards will have made a good deal. .
    I will watch DW with extra interest against Seattle’s rush offense. Hope he proves me wrong.

  35. By in fitz we trust on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    WOW!!!!! GREAT NEWS!!!!

  36. By buddy 94 on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Good move but I disagree skelton and his 66.9 qb rating is next. If anything we could sue skelton and get some cash back.the new coach won’t have to worry intitially about this guy.and this has been done in the past with q,

  37. By az1965 on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply


  38. By Nick Pepe on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    Dyno, I’ve been waiting for a parade since 1970-71 !!!

    Finally, it’s Football Friday…. which means we are finally gonna get a “Friday before” that matters.

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member
    Seahawk Hater

  39. By buddy the town winner on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    Why are cards getting credit for doing something right because they usually don’t with contracts and young players (see:antrell rolle). I think the only extention skelton and his 66.9 qb reating get is an extended finger pointing at the door.the good thing is fans have a multi year jersey to buy and wear.adding pieces at this rate is no different than dave mac era.difference is we have money and a stadium now. Why are we getting the same results? Don’t be fooled by 9 meaningless games after elimnation. It cost us a qb and a new hc and gained us nothing.

  40. By Eazy E on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Probably around 40 or maybe 50 mill.

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