Daryl Washington Under Contract With Arizona Cardinals Through 2017

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass as linebacker Daryl Washington #58 of the Arizona Cardinals leaps in during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

On Thursday, the Arizona Cardinals announced that the team had reached a deal with linebacker Daryl Washington that will keep him on the team through 2017. The third-year player had two years left on his rookie contract. It is something we all as fans had been hoping.

Details after the jump.

The team press release said this:

"Two things that successful teams do consistently is build through the draft and keep their core players," said Cardinals General Manager Rod Graves. "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, who begins his third NFL season this Sunday, last year set career highs with a team-leading 111 tackles (100 solos), 5.0 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and seven passes defensed while playing in 15 games (14 starts). His 16 tackles for loss were the most for a Cardinals defender in a single season since DE Clyde Simmons had 17 in 1995. He was also one of just five players in the NFL last season with at least five sacks and two interceptions (Baltimore's Terrell Suggs, New England's Rob Ninkovich, Green Bay's Clay Matthews, and N.Y Jets' David Harris).

The 25-year old Irving, TX native was taken by the Cardinals in the second-round (47th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of TCU. As a rookie in 2010, he played in all 16 games with 11 starts and had 77 tackles, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble.

So...talk about it. What does this mean? For one, Paris Lenon is the only defensive starter not under contract for next year. Washington was inked to the new deal with TWO years left on his contract. Could that be a problem? How happy are you?

Talk about it. And I apologize. Work kept me away from the site until now.

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