Cardinals expected to pick up Daryl Washington $10 million option

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The veteran linebacker still has a pending aggravated assault trial coming up, but Arizona can't afford to lose him on the field.

The Arizona Cardinals are expected to pay linebacker Daryl Washington's $10 million option bonus, according to AZCentral.com, keeping under contract for four more years. Washington signed the contract extension while he was having an All-Pro season, but there have been some significant changes since then.

The fifth-year linebacker was suspended four games by the league for violating the substance policy and then arrested in May for the alleged assault of an ex-girlfriend. Washington has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to begin trial on Jan. 30, but the league could still suspend him for a part of next season. The Cardinals also have some big contract decisions to make, including fellow linebacker Karlos Dansby, and are expected to restructure wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald's current deal.

Washington was named second-team All-Pro in 2012 after recording nine sacks and 108 solo tackles from the inside linebacker position. He finished with just three sacks and 59 solo tackles in 2013 under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, but Arizona finished sixth in total defense and first against the run.

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