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Cardinals linebacker expresses gratitude to his former employer as he looks forward.

Linebacker Daryl Washington is looking forward to the next chapter of his life in the National Football League.

The Arizona Cardinals released Washington this week after talks with Washington and negotiations with his representatives did not lead to an agreement that could serve as the basis for a contract. Washington has therefore become a free agent.

Before he looks forward to new challenges, the player took a moment to look back at the organization where he has earned Pro Bowl and All Pro recognition.

 “I want to thank the Cardinals organization, especially Mr. Bidwell and Steve Keim for drafting and believing in me, and their continued support,” Washington said. “We’ve had some really positive and productive discussions this week, and at the end of the day we mutually agreed it was best for both sides to get a fresh start. I’m in the best shape of my life, and very much look forward to the next opportunity, where I will again play at an All-Pro level and help my team make a championship run.”

Insiders say the Cardinals were interested in keeping Washington onboard, but recent additions to the squad, including the addition of linebacker Haason Reddick, made it difficult to find an arrangement that was advantageous for both sides.