Former Cardinals LB Daryl Washington tells Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk that he wants a second chance in the NFL and would love to play for the Cowboys.
“Why not be a Cowboy?” Washington said. “I’m settled in here. It’s home. Let’s try to get one this year. Come on Mr. [Jerry] Jones, you’ll be glad you took a chance on me. We’ll hold up that Lombardi Trophy together.”
Washington explained that he’s preparing and hoping for another opportunity in the NFL.
“You sit out for a couple of years, and you think to yourself, ‘Man, will there ever be an opportunity to get back,’” Washington said. “…It’s just the anticipation of now it’s here and just getting that opportunity to be able to put myself in a position to rise back to the top. I’m just preparing myself and controlling what I can control, and once that opportunity is given to me, it’s what you do with it. I’m excited about that.”
While Washington missed three years, due to off-the-field issues, he says he takes full responsibility for all that led to his indefinite suspension.
“I take full responsibility for everything I went through,” Washington said. “I don’t blame anybody. But I’m not here to talk about it; I’m here to show you what type of person I am now and where I’m trying to go.”
Jason Cole of B/R reported a few weeks ago that a Cowboys source has told him that they’re doing their homework on Washington.
Washington was reinstated to the NFL after sitting out three seasons. However, the Cardinals elected to cut him loose a few weeks after, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Washington, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2010. Washington has been out of the league since May of 2014 when he was suspended indefinitely for violating the substance abuse policy.
Because he’s been out of the league for so long, Washington’s contract tolled, leaving him under contract for another four years. The Cardinals cut him loose in a move that freed 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.
We’ll have more regarding Washington and the Cowboys as the news is available.