As the Arizona Cardinals are a little over a week away from the start of training camp, Pro Football Talk released the latest salary cap information for each NFL team. According to the list, Arizona has $4.55 million available under the cap.
This will naturally change a bit as players are cut and players are added to the practice squad as the preseason comes to an end, but as of now, it looks like the Cardinals are set. They are not targeting anyone in particular.
However, with the cap room, reporter Mike Jurecki speculated that the team could look at a contract extension for one of their key players.
PFT Salary Cap update #19 Cards 4.55 mil. under the cap, in the 2nd half of the season could look to extend D Washington or Stephens-Howling— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) July 16, 2012
Linebacker Daryl Washington is on the cusp of becoming a defensive star. He is also coming near the end of his rookie contract and the team would indeed be wise to lock him up long-term. He is one of the most important players on the defensive side of the ball.
The inclusion of LSH is interesting. He is a role player and special teams player. He could be used more on offense and many believe he should be used in a similar way to how the Saints use Darren Sproles. LSH is probably the best offensive threat that the team has in space.
However, the way that he is used would not seem to warrant a contract extension. Yes, he is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, but as a third-string running back, you wouldn't think taht he would be a guy the team would extend, unless he begins to be featured more on the offense.
If I had to pick one, the team should make Washington their number one priority. He is young, fast and makes plays. He is a player that would leave a huge hole should he one day leave the team.
LSH? He is great, but under-utilized. If that is going to continue, why extend his contract? If you want to pay him, the you definitely should use him.
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