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Cardinals Release LB Daryl Washington

The Arizona Cardinals announced Thursday that they’ve released recently reinstated LB Daryl Washington.

The Cardinals released the following statement regarding their decision to move on from Washington:

After meeting with Daryl Washington, we have collectively decided it is best to released Daryl and give him the opportunity to continue his career elsewhere.”

The NFL officially reinstated Washington a few weeks ago. Washington has been out of the league since May of 2014 when he was suspended indefinitely for violating the substance abuse policy.

Arizona just used a first-round pick on LB Hasson Reddick, so I’m sure they feel fine about the linebacker position moving forward.

Washington, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2010. Because he’s been out of the league for so long, Washington’s contract tolled, leaving him under contract for another four years.

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Washington will free up $3 million of available cap space while creating $1,875,000 in dead money.

Washington last appeared in an NFL game during the 2013 season when he totaled 75 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery over the course of 12 games. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 21 inside linebacker in the league that season.

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