Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 9/6/12
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Linebacker Daryl Washington has agreed to a six-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals that will keep him with the team through 2017. Washington had two years remaining on his rookie contract. Washington, a second-round pick in the 2010 draft out of TCU, had a team-leading 111 tackles (100 solo), five sacks, 16 tackles for loss and two interceptions last season while playing in 15 games. The 16 tackles for loss were the most by a Cardinals player since Clyde Simmons had 17 in 1995. 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 were thrilled that this deal gives him the opportunity to achieve that with the Cardinals. Washington, 25, had 77 tackles, one sack and one interceptions as a rookie in 2011.
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