28-Year-Old Linebacker – Arizona Cardinals
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Washington would be among the top-ranked linebackers, but he'll be suspended for the season for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse....
Daryl Washington Contract Information:
Washington signed a six-year extension through the 2017 season with Cardinals in September of 2012.
The Cardinals aren't counting on having Washington available for 2015, azcardinals.com reports.
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Daryl Washington: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Washington served a four-game suspension last season for a substance abuse policy violation, so this offense will result in a year-long absence. This is a major blow to the Cardinals' defense that was ranked sixth in the league last season, especially when considering the offseason loss of Karlos Dansby to the Browns. Washington racked up 81 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions over just 12 games in 2013, numbers that had been causing him to gain steam as an IDP for 2014. Instead, Washington will sit for the year, with Larry Foote expected to step into his role. The door also may have opened for Kenny Demens and Lorenzo Alexander to see an opportunity for more playing time.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The report adds that Washington, who served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy to start the 2013 season, may now be subject to further league discipline as a result of the ruling. The inside linebacker recorded 75 tackles and three sacks in 12 games for the Cardinals last season.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
In his first three seasons, Washington has improved substantially as a pass rusher and overall tackler, but his offseason troubles (suspended first four games of 2013) have decreased his IDP potential.
Washington, who is emerging as one of the league’s best linebackers, has the talent to out-produce his ranking in most leagues, particularly after finishing 2011 with 107 tackles (95 solo), five sacks and two interceptions in 15 games. Washington is a rangy threat in coverage and a disruptive blitzer, making him especially valuable in leagues that reward heavily for sacks and interceptions. But as good as his numbers were last year, the Cardinals defense played more snaps than any other team in 2011, so Washington’s situation couldn’t have been much more favorable. Consider last year’s numbers somewhat of a best-case scenario, though those who prefer to be aggressive should keep his upside in mind.
Washington will have to compete for a starting spot next to Paris Lenon in Arizona’s 3-4, but you have to like his chances of getting the job done. He’s a bit lighter than the traditional 3-4 prototype, but Washington is a rare athlete for a linebacker and has a knack for making big plays, both as a blitzer and in coverage. He’s probably worth moving up the list if it could be entirely guaranteed that he’d start the full season, so he probably presents more upside than most other linebackers in his range.
Washington, who the Cards moved up to snag, is an upside play with athleticism, and he fills a need at linebacker for the team. He'll begin training camp as the backup to Paris Lenon, but Washington will ultimately determine how soon he takes over a starting job with his progress throughout training camp. There's a lot to like here, and Washington may eventually be a viable IDP option at linebacker.