Nov 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington reacts against the Indianapolis Colts at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL rumors: Arizona Cardinals look to keep portion of Daryl Washington's $10M bonus


The past week has not been a great one for Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington. After violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy by smoking marijuana, Washington was suspended for the entire 2014 season.

To make matters worse, Washington may not be getting all of his $10 million option bonus from the Cardinals as well:

According toPro Football Talk, Washington earned his bonus earlier this year and was supposed to get the first half, $5 million, as the second half was deferred to next year.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Washington has not been paid any of his bonus yet, and the team is looking for a way to keep a portion of the bonus from Washington.

Due to Washington’s suspension, the Cardinals can recover $2.5 million of his bonus. If Washington is never reinstated back into the NFL, the Cardinals will keep all of the bonus. Since Washington has not been paid a dime yet, the process is easier for the Cardinals.

Washington still has the chance to earn the $2.5 million back if he plays out the remainder of his contract. With the one year suspension, his contract is essentially moved back one year. That means Washington is signed with the Cardinals through 2018.

It is a tough task to believe that Washington will be able to stay with the Cardinals for four more years, but if he is able to stop smoking marijuana, he may be able to get his money back after all.

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  • Richard

    So frustrating.

  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states and NFL, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions….FUNDING THE NFL
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever

    AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33