The Arizona Cardinals and inside linebacker Daryl Washington have agreed on a six-year contract.
The Cardinals had targeted the third-year pro throughout training camp as the next player to get a new deal. A second-round draft pick, 47th overall, out of TCU in 2010, Washington led the team in tackles last season with 111.
''I feel really good, really good,'' he said after practice on Thursday. ''I'm glad it was able to get done before the season, sooner than later. I feel real good about the decision, about my agent Jordan Woy and the organization. I told them I wanted to be here for a long time and I'm glad it got done.''
Terms weren't disclosed but the deal contains guaranteed money, a pay raise over the next two seasons with a team option bonus in 2014.
Washington, known for his extreme speed at a critical position in Arizona's 3-4 scheme, had 16 tackles for loss last season, the most by an Arizona player since 1995. He was one of five players in the NFL in 2011 with at least...