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Daryl Washington, Cardinals strike six-year contract


The Arizona Cardinals and inside linebacker Daryl Washington have agreed to a new contract that will keep the 2010 second-round draft pick under contract through the 2017 season, according to Darren Urban of

The Cardinals later confirmed the new contract in a news release.

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Financial terms of the extension were not disclosed, but Washington had been signed through the 2013 season at league minimum base salaries of $540,000 in 2012 and $630,000 next season.

Washington had 78 tackles with a sack and an interception in largely a two-down player  role as a rookie. He led the Cardinals with 107 tackles, including a team-high 16 for a loss in 2011.

Washington added five sacks and two interceptions while playing in over 86 percent of the Cardinals' defensive snaps, according to official playing-time documents.

Washington becomes the second core member of the defense that the Cardinals have locked up this offseason. In May, Arizona signed franchised defensive end Calais Campbell to a five-year, $55 million extension that contained $31 million in guaranteed money.

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