Daryl Washington’s Suspension for Violating Subtance Abuse Policy

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Suspended Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington is for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, the same reason Washington was suspended last year, and unrelated to Washington’s recent plea bargain for an assault charge, Darren Urban of the Cardinals Website reports. The suspension begins immediately.

“It’s completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. “We all know what the consequences are and will deal with them. From a personal standpoint, our hope is that this suspension will give Daryl the opportunity to accept the necessary help and guidance to get his life back on track and we will certainly support him however we can.

“As it pertains to our team, our approach is the same as it’s always been: next man up. We talk a lot about how critical depth is to a team because situations always arise where you lose players, whether by injury or other circumstances such as this one. One player’s absence is another’s opportunity. That approach has served us well in the past and we will rely on it now.”

Washington missed the first four games of the 2013 season also after violating the substance abuse policy. He returned to help anchor what became the sixth-ranked defense in the NFL, and the top rushing defense.

Arizona Cardinals 2014 Schedule Released – Open Monday Night

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Previewing the 2014 Arizona Cardinals Schedule Release

The Arizona Cardinals had a rough 2013 season, but not in the sense some losing teams did – they finished 10-6 and still didn’t make the playoffs. It was still a moderate success for rookie head coach Bruce Arians, and he and his Cardinals will walk into 2014 knowing they can compete in a tough NFC West division.

 

To do more than just compete, though, Arizona will need to become a better team on the road, where they were just an average 4-4 a year ago. That won’t be easy against the likes of the Cowboys, Giants, Falcons, Broncos and Raiders – not to mention all three road games within the division.

 

The Arizona Cardinals schedule at home really isn’t a walk in the park, either, as they get to take on the Eagles, Redskins, Lions, Chiefs and Chargers. While they were a solid 6-2 on their own field in 2013, the Cards may need to be even better at defending their own turf to take the next step in 2014.

 

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Report: RB Rashard Mendenhall To Retire

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It’s one and dome for running back Rashard Mendenhall has decided to retire at the age of 26 according to ESPN, as he will not come back to play in 2014.

Mendenhall had a tough go of it in his first season in Arizona, rushing for just 3.2 yards per carry despite the team thriving going 10-6.

He was a former first-round pick of the Steelers, rushing for 4,236 career yards and going for 39 touchdowns in six NFL seasons.

Mendenhall tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 2011, and he hinted at retiring in a Huffington Post blog post called “The Vision.”

“The journey I envisioned is the two years of rebuilding that would follow,” Mendenhall said. “And as I write this, today is the day that the journey is over and I am fully at peace. Eagerly looking to a new way, which lies ahead.”

Mendy’s best NFL season came back in 2010, when the Steelers got to the Super Bowl behind a solid year for the back, as he went for 1,273 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Video: Fox Sports’ Cardinals Offseason Outlook

The Cardinals surprised everyone with a 10-6 record, but that was only good enough for 3rd in the loaded NFC West. Our panel discusses what they need to accomplish in the offseason to keep pace in the league’s toughest division.

Cardinals Talking With Free Agent LB Karlos Dansby

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Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby is a priority for the team to keep as a free agent, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

“There’s no doubt,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told 98.7 FM in Arizona. “We offered Karlos a contract the day after the season. ..

“We’re still in the negotiation process, but, yeah, he’s a major priority because of what he brought to the table for us as a leader. We definitely would love to have him back.”

Dansby recently said he expects to remain with his current team for at least another season.

He led the Cardinals in tackles and interceptions and recorded 6.5 sacks.

“I definitely expect to be an Arizona Cardinal next year,” Dansby said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “We don’t have long here (before free agency), so we’ll get to talking and try and hammer something out.”

Happy Tuesday! Enjoy Some Great Shots Of Cardinals Cheerleaders!

The offseason is always a good time to give the brain a break from the stress and struggles of rooting for the Cardinals.

Today we take a break from talking about what’s going on for Cardinals players and coaches, and give our favorite Cardinals Cheerleaders some love in this great pictorial!

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Free Agent To Be Dansby Expects To Stay A Cardinal

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Cardinals linebacker and free-agent-to-be Karlos Dansby remains optimistic he will stay for the 2014 season, Darren Urban of Azcardinals.com reports.

“I definitely expect to be an Arizona Cardinal next year,” Dansby said during an interview on Sirius XM NFL radio Monday night. “We don’t have long here (before free agency) so we’ll get to talking and try and hammer something out.”

The Cardinals want him back. Why wouldn’t they, after he had a career-high four interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), 6½ sacks (second-best in his career), a career-best 21 passes defensed and was credited by coaches with 135 total tackles.

But, after Dansby made $2.25 million last season, finding the right contract will be paramount for both sides. Dansby, not surprisingly, wants a raise and a long-term deal. General Manager Steve Keim will be careful not to hamstring his club as he works toward the bigger salary cap cleanup he has undertaken since being promoted.

Under that framework, megadeals aren’t coming to players – even productive ones – who will turn 33 in November, as Dansby will.

It doesn’t hurt that Dansby is already coming off an offseason of realization, after he was surprised in getting cut by the Dolphins and then finding a tepid market for his services. He didn’t sign his one-year contract with the Cardinals until May, after the draft. At the time, Dansby seemed to understand his circumstances within the league had changed.

“The numbers situation right now with the new CBA is totally different,” Dansby said then. “The numbers have changed, they flipped, and you have to make the best decision for you.”

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