Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports the Cardinals were interested in keeping recently reinstated LB Daryl Washington.
However, the issue was that his anticipated role prevented the two sides from determining a suitable role for him after they used their first-round pick on LB Hasson Reddick.
Washington also provided Pro Football Talk with a statement regarding his release:
“I want to thank the Cardinals organization, especially Mr. Bidwell and Steve Keim for drafting and believing in me, and their continued support. We’ve had some really positive and productive discussions this week, and at the end of the day we mutually agreed it was best for both sides to get a fresh start. I’m in the best shape of my life, and very much look forward to the next opportunity, where I will again play at an All-Pro level and help my team make a championship run.”
- Mike Jurecki spoke with Washington today, who mentioned that he wanted to stay in Arizona, but didn’t want to play for the league minimum.
- Washington added that he’s excited about a new opportunity and a fresh start with another team in the NFL, per Mike Jurecki.
- Kent Somers reports that the Cardinals didn’t meet with Washington last week because he had a death in the family.
Peter King of TheMMQB.com posted a conversation between the 49ers and Giants about San Francisco trying to trade up to No. 23 overall in his latest column.
Here’s the conversation, according to King, that took place between the two teams:
[W]ith the Giants about to pick at 23, he calls New York GM Jerry Reese. “Jerry,” Lynch says, “would you be amenable … to trade your pick here, 23, for 34, 111 and 143?”
Reese must have said no.
“All right,” Lynch says. “What would move the needle?”
Tight end Evan Engram goes to the Giants.
- Bob Condotta reports that Texas A&M WR Speedy Noil is expected to try out for the Seahawks this weekend.
- The Titans officially signed seventh-round OLB Josh Carraway to a four-year deal. (Sports Trust Advisors)