GLENDALE AZ - DECEMBER 12: Linebacker Daryl Washington #58 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts after scoring on a 40 touchdown interception against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12 2010 in Glendale Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 43-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The overwhelming reaction from Cardinals fans about the new contract extension for linebacker Daryl Wasington has been positive. We have needed a breath of fresh air after the beating we have taken from the preseason and from the media recently.
I wrote a column today for SB Nation Arizona on the topic. After the jump are the main points I made.
First of all, it is simply good. Fans have not gotten anything positive recently.
Next is the fact that Daryl Washington happens to be a very important player on the defense. Fans remember what happened with Karlos Dansby. There will be no repeat of that. He is around for another six seasons now.
The money is great, according to a tweet by Kent Somers. By all accounts, the two years left on his rookie deal remain unchanged (but that is not confirmed). There are four more years added. According to Somers, it is $32 million in new money, or basically $8 million per year after his rookie deal expires. That is a bargain.
Washington is a budding star in the league. He can do anything at his position. He tackles, he covers, he can rush the passer and can go into deep coverage. He is fast. He is always around the ball.
There really is nothing not to like about the deal. The one concern that people might have is the fact that they redid the deal with two years remaining, and that other players might want their deal redone in such fashion. The easy answer? Most other players are not Daryl Washington. He is an exception you make before his value skyrockets and you pay him way more down the line.
Any downside to this deal? I don't see any. It is a great start to the season for Cardinals fans, and not a single game that counts has been played.
Is there anything negative out of all this? I really don't think so.
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