Cards will take Washington absence into account

Posted by Darren Urban on January 29, 2015 – 3:19 pm

One of the many things the Cardinals must sort through this offseason is what to do with suspended linebacker Daryl Washington if and when he returns — and how to plan for the season with his status in limbo for the next few months. Washington’s suspension, which is for a year before he can request NFL reinstatement, lasts until late May. That’s after free agency, and it’s after the draft. Until this suspension ends, it seems unlikely the NFL will hand down whatever suspension Washington might get for his assault conviction from last year.

That’s a lot of uncertainty, and why team president Michael Bidwill said Thursday the Cardinals are going to go through the offseason ready to not have Washington available — and if he is around, the Cards will be that much better off.

“He’ll be facing the issue with the domestic violence and there has been no determination of what happens there,” Bidwill said. “He was only suspended for the drug issue, so we want to make sure we understand what that (other punishment) is. Last year, we learned about his suspension after free agency. This year we are going to plan to make sure we address all the issues not knowing whether Daryl will be back for part of next season or all of next season. ‘Next man up’ is real but we have to make sure we’ve gone into free agency and addressed that situation.”

— Bidwill reiterated once again he is optimistic the Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald will come to an agreement on a new contract.

“Larry and I have met about it, just he and I talking about it, and I know he’s interested in getting something resolved,” Bidwill said. “After the playoff game, he got away, left the country. He’s back now, it’s a busy week this week and we’ll start working on this next week. I think we’ll get this all worked out.

“He’s such a great person and a great player, he’s got many years left and I want to see him retire as an Arizona Cardinal. I want to see us move past getting this contract resolved and move forward.”

— The other Cardinal facing legal issues, running back Jonathan Dwyer, had his case play out Thursday. The running back, who had been arrested in September, pled guilty to a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct. He was sentenced him to 18 months probation and community service. Dwyer is scheduled to become a free agent in March.

— Bidwill said again he plans on giving General Manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians contract extensions soon.


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30 Responses to “Cards will take Washington absence into account”

  1. By D on Jan 29, 2015 | Reply

    In other words, Cards will get one maybe 2 ILB this offseason. If the Cards get a pass rusher in free agency then I could see them take a Shaq Thompson or a Paul Dawson in the first round. Both can run and cover very well and both would not be available by the Cards second round selection.

  2. By Craig on Jan 29, 2015 | Reply

    I think losing Dwyer for the season hurt this team a lot. He was the muscle in the backfield. The one who did everything Ellington or anyone else on the team couldn’t do. Get the hard yards. I hope the Cardinals bring him back.

  3. By Coach K on Jan 29, 2015 | Reply


    Seven rounds plus extra compensation pick

    Based on current needs, before free agent signings

    1. Cameron Erving, C-G-T, Florida St.
    Can play any position on line, but dominates as a center.

    2. Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
    Can take on blockers, shed and get to the ball. A young version of Foote.

    3. Hauoli Kikaha, OLB, Washington
    Elite edge rusher with a motor that does not stop. Not great in pass protection so he may fall to round three hopefully.

    4. David Cobb, RB, Minnesota
    Size with speed and a jump cut ability that would make Barry Sanders smile.

    5. Max Garcia, C-G, Florida
    Low center of gravity who holds his position. Can play any interior position.

    6. LaDarius Gunter, CB, Miami
    Crow will most likely be going back to New York. Gunter has great size and is ideal for the Cardinals style of defense. He may not last this far, but if he’s on the board, this is a late round steal.

    7. Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon St.
    Mannion had only an average senior bowl, but he is the son of a coach and I like football smart quarterbacks. We need a QB to compete with Logan, and Mannion has the ideal size and smarts.

    7B. Bonus pick- Donovan Smith, OT, Penn St.
    6’5″, 335 lbs, This road grader will most likely move to guard. Would love to see him compete for the right guard spot. Very light on his feet for a large man.

  4. By Scott H on Jan 29, 2015 | Reply

    I hate to overlook the more important aspects of this issue ( real problems Washington may have, what the victims went thru ) and sound like a whining little brat but here goes – My lord, why does it seem like every other team that has had players suspended for one reason or another already has their players back or WILL be getting them back, but this situation with Washington just seems to have no end in sight??? Holy cow, are we looking at 2016 before we see this kid again??? Or does it just seem that way?

    OK, bratty rant over. Assuming he is a better person, I really do hope we will see this kid again. Such a shame he is missing what would be the peak years or his career. AND a shame the Cardinals are paying the price on the field.

    I’m assuming we are done with Dwyer.

  5. By sbrown on Jan 29, 2015 | Reply

    if I remember, Washington can not appeal to the League for reinstatement until end of May. Then if reinstated then the NFL will address the domestic violence case ( that is if it has gone through the courts by then ). Washington could be looking at another 6 – 10 – 12 game suspension. Big question is what does the Cardinals do with the 10 million bonus he is due ? last year they deferred it, don’t know if they can defer it again. Yes, I agree SK must plan that Cards don’t have Washington for most of the season.

  6. By vegas4u2012. on Jan 29, 2015 | Reply

    On D-Wash,from what i know..I would give him 3 Strikes your out,just because this is an entertainment buisness,and he was the player i felt had the biggest impact when on the field…the offence always had to account for him,which helped his teamates prevail..On the other hand…If he ever laid a hand on my mother/sister/etc..(I hope he learned his lesson)…he would never play again…due to a lack of kneecaps…We all make mistakes to a certain degree..IT’S VEGAS BABY!!!…RIGHT??…GO CARDS!!!!!

  7. By JohnnyBluenose on Jan 29, 2015 | Reply

    If the NFL can suspend Josh Gordon for consuming alcohol, something that has been legal since Prohibition was repealed over 80 years ago, what chance does Washington have of ever playing in the league again?

  8. By Erik on Jan 29, 2015 | Reply

    I came on here to post but Scott H already said it perfectly.

  9. By Dre on Jan 29, 2015 | Reply

    D wash is a stud top 5 in the nfl I think he might be number one if he can stay out of trouble. I want him back that is what was missing last year can’t coach speed and he got it for days

  10. By Eazy E on Jan 30, 2015 | Reply

    We need Daryl back at any cost pretty much. He’s way too talented to give up on and people make mistakes for the 1,000th time. He shouldn’t get suspended anymore, that’s enough damn!

  11. By horsepedlr on Jan 30, 2015 | Reply

    both d-wash and dwyer will be gone. nfl will crucify both on the domestic thing to show the world how tough they are on it.thats if they ever get around to it. after all can’t have the cards beat sea or pats or steelers it just wouldn’t look right for nfl brass,

  12. By LadyBird04 on Jan 30, 2015 | Reply

    Glad to hear the Cardinals will plan for Washington NOT to be here – they were blindsided by him last year – they were expecting the 2 – 4 week suspension for the dv (that was the punishment at that time) but were totally unprepared for the year long suspension for drugs. That suspension can only be put on the head of Washington – What did that cost the Cardinals last year? The Cards were short at just about every position but especially at lb. The what if’s are too many to list.

    I don’t know how I feel about Washington. I’m disgusted by his behavior over the last couple of years off the field, but boy can he play ball. Tough decision for the Cardinals.

  13. By Coach K on Jan 30, 2015 | Reply

    Cards are not going anywhere until they bolster their interior offensive line. They need to do exactly what the Cowboys did. Get big and nasty inside with big time talent.

    I don’t care how many great receivers we have and how good our running backs are, if we don’t have an All-Pro offensive line, WE ARE JUST TREADING WATER.


  14. By wilyb on Jan 30, 2015 | Reply

    The real question surrounding a reinstated Daryl Washington is can the team depend on him? Will Daryl follow the rules and stay out of trouble? If the Cardinals are convinced that Daryl will exercise better judgment, then they need to decide if their goal is to win football games or people the team with choirboys. I can live with whatever decision they make, but some other NFL team will hire Daryl Washington if he gets reinstated. Of that you can be sure.

  15. By D on Jan 30, 2015 | Reply

    Pre-SuperBowl way too early Offseason guesses for Cards

    Cards need to find/clear cap space, add and upgrade a few players.
    It will be a difficult offseason, but I am guessing both Larry and Docket are not back next year. I also don’t see Cro and D. Williams back either. Ginn Jr is also gone. Too many teams with tons of Cap space will sign Cro and D. Williams, we all know about Larry’s and Dockets situation. Stinson and Rucker fills Docket’s position.

    Players they resign- Kelly, Leach, Acho, Taa’mu. With Honey Badger, Powers and Bethel, they can afford to lose Cro and still be fine.

    Free agents to add:
    1) J. Worilds -Pass rusher opposite of Okafor, who is still young and can get better. Need to be creative with his deal.
    2) C. Boling- RG- very good player, upgrade Oline, provides security for Palmer and helps out young Massie.
    3) J. Durant LB- not a household name, but can play both OLB and ILB and could be an upgrade from L. Foote.
    4) R. Helu RB- Cards won’t be able to afford the bigger names on the market, ie Murray, Ingram, etc. Cards could go draft for a RB but they need a RB with experience that can move the chains, spell Ellington and Pass protect.

    Round1) P. Dawson ILB- even if they keep DWash (probably won’t) Cards need more speed at LB position. With Dawson and Durant, speed and coverage is added to go along with backups Minter, Cason for run stuffing LBs and Acho, Worilds and Okafor as OLBs/pass rushers.

    Round2) T. Montgomery WR-Punt/Kick returner and would be a nice addition if Larry is not a Card next year. This would make a nice and young WR group- to go with Floyd, Brown, Brown and Golden.

    Round3) J. MBU DT- an immovable object. Good run stuffing DT to rotate with Kelly and Taamu.

    Rest of the draft-depth at CB, OL, TE

  16. By Travis on Jan 30, 2015 | Reply

    coach K.
    The Cowboys have a quarterback… We made the SB without a line with Kurt. I appreciate what you are saying, but give Lindley time, and he will throw a pick 6. That’s not the only thing lacking

  17. By Chuck 1 on Jan 30, 2015 | Reply

    Coach K,

    Right on about the critical need to upgrade the O-Line.
    As I’ve written before, Keim has only upgraded one position on the O-Line, LT. (Cooper has shown nothing)
    Keim’s had two drafts and FA periods and has come up short.
    Without a better O-Line and a big bruising RB, the Cards can not make the SB.

  18. By Coach K on Jan 30, 2015 | Reply

    Chuck 1

    Chuck, if I was Keim, I would focus at least three picks in this draft to the best three interior offensive linemen available when it’s their time to pick.

    I would like everyone to watch video of Cameron Erving playing center for FSU. Watch how he run blocks and performs in pass pro. He is outstanding at the center position. And, as insurance, he can also play left tackle and guard.

    Had he declared for the draft last year, he was most likely going to be one of the top left tackles taken in the draft in round one.

    That kind of versatility is what we need. Give me three top graded offensive linemen in this draft and everything else will take care of itself.

    We need a dynamic offensive line and more speed on defense. If we address these two areas next year, we will be in the Superbowl.

  19. By NJAzCardsFan on Jan 30, 2015 | Reply

    The one thing that was obvious at the end of the season… is the Cards need a real and capable third string QB. Hoping Thomas improves is BS, especially since Lindley was ahead of him on the depth chart. Hopefully, the Cards cut Lindley and he goes into the sunset never to be seen again…..
    This cost the Cards a chance at a real playoff spot. I am at a loss on why the Cards can’t draft a capable QB….????

  20. By superbowlcards on Jan 31, 2015 | Reply

    Please tell me what NFL teams has a “name” or a high draft pick as their 3rd string QB?? Not a team out there has a million dollar a year clipboard holder, they all use the 3rd string QB as developmental, Thomas is just that, he has only had 1 year and most of the year he was inactive on Sundays, as ALL 3rd string QB’s are, there is not a solid veteran that is going to sign onto a team as the 3rd string QB, and we have a franchise QB as the starter, and a very solid, very well paid backup, Thomas will be the #3 next season and should be unless the Cardinals use a 7th round pick or an Undrafted Rookie that just blows the coaches socks off, which isnt going to happen sir, remember Max Hall?? Im on the wagon that says give Thomas time to develop and once Palmer retires, Logan Thomas will take the reins and will do just fine as our QB of the future! But for next season and 2016 Carson Palmer is our only hope at raising the Lombardi Trophy! !!!
    They just cant use that much money on QB’s, remember Stanton was signed to be the starter, he has a pretty nice salary, we dont need to be the first team that pays 3rd String inactive QB millions of dollars!!

  21. By NJAzCardsFan on Jan 31, 2015 | Reply

    superbowlcards- I remember Max Hall and he won more games than Lindley- IIRC, so did Skelton

  22. By much.faster on Feb 1, 2015 | Reply


    trade him to the patriots for jonas gray and a 1rd or a 2 and 3rd round pick.

    and give part of his money to cro for a extension.

  23. By clssylssy on Feb 2, 2015 | Reply

    It appears there are those who still don’t realize that Lindley was only on the roster for a little over three weeks for the Seahawks, 9ers, and post season game with the Panthers, coming off the San Diego practice squad after the St.Louis game. All things considered that would be a nearly impossible situation for anybody, even a full time roster player. I have to give the guy props for trying!

  24. By Coach K on Feb 3, 2015 | Reply


    Crow’s family wants to live in NYC. That’s the issue, not money.

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