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ESPN’s John Clayton: Daryl Washington could end up in AFC

LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider

When the Arizona Cardinals suddenly cut Daryl Washington Thursday morning, immediate speculation about the player’s next NFL stop began.

Some Cardinals fans took to social media to predict the linebacker would end up in New England and play for the Super Bowl champion Patriots, similar to the path of former Arizona receiver Michael Floyd, who was released last year.

Others thought Washington would fit well in Seattle with the Seahawks.

ESPN’s John Clayton doesn’t think either of those possibilities makes sense.

“Nobody in the NFC West,” Clayton told Doug and Wolf Friday morning on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station. “He’s not going to be able to fit with the Rams, I just don’t see that. San Francisco and Seattle, they’re 4-3 teams, but Seattle’s already brought in three linebackers in free agency.

“I just don’t see him in the division.”

Washington has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL, but after three years away from the game, it will take a lot of work on the player’s part and a team willing to give him a chance for his career to be restored.

“What you wonder is would a team like Cincinnati or Oakland, one of those teams, take a chance on him knowing it’s probably going to be a $900,000 deal,” Clayton said.

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