Just in the nick of time, the Arizona Cardinals signed 2nd round pick Daryl Washington a day before the team heads to Flagstaff, AZ for camp.
Washington was drafted back in April with high hopes that he'd eventually take over the role that Karlos Dansby left when he went to the Dolphins. Washington is an athletic linebacker with sideline to sideline speed. He'll compete with veteran linebacker Paris Lenon in camp to determine who will start for the Cardinals this season. Either way, Washington is expected to eventually take over the role.
The contract terms weren't disclosed, but it will likely be a four-year deal (the rest of the draft picks all received four-year deals). Washington compiled 109 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 sacks, and 11 tackles for a loss last season as a starter.
Fullback Reagan Maui'a was released to make room for the signing. The Cardinals only have 1st round pick, defensive tackle Dan Williams, remaining unsigned. Talks with Williams' agent have been ongoing, but it seems likely that he will miss the first couple days of camp. With Tim Tebow receiving his contract already, we'd have to assume that the Cardinals will get the deal done soon (Tebow was drafted the pick before Williams).