It happens every single offseason. BNFL teams have to get rid of players because of the salary cap. Frequently it doesn't even have anything to do with the play in the field. Over the next few weeks, we will see many cap casualties. In anticipation of this, SB Nation's Adam Stites suggests a player each team needs to cut.
For the Arizona Cardinals, it is a guy whose status has been a problem for fans -- linebacker Daryl Washington.
There really aren't many contracts on the Cardinals' roster that make sense to part ways with to free space, but Daryl Washington's is one that has drawn attention. The consistently suspended linebacker hasn't played since 2013 and Arizona can save $4.5 million in cap space for 2016 by designating him as a post-June 1 cut.
It's possible, but Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap thinks it's more likely that the Cardinals keep him on roster while they wait for suspension rulings that could recoup the team some of the money he collected while not playing.
Local reporter and radio host Mike Jurecki has tweeted we can expect the Cardinals to release Washington this offseason, .He has previously said the team has been fighting to recoup some of the signing bonus they paid him. If they have been successful, it makes sense to cut ties.
At the same time, as long as he is suspended and not getting paid, while they are still trying to get money back, it makes sense to keep his status the way it is, as cutting him would have negative salary cap implications.
It is true. The Cardinals do need to cut Washington. But they shouldn't do it until it makes sense for the team. Washington has already hurt the team enough. He doesn't need to hurt their cap again if released.