The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly interested in Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington, according to Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com.
Washington was drafted by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2010 draft and can play two of the three linebacker positions (middle and weak side). He ran a 4.57 in the 40-yard dash coming out of college, the fastest among linebackers (for a comparison, Brian Westbrook ran a 4.57 in the 40-yard dash).
Last season, he was an inside linebacker for the Cardinals, who use a 3-4 defense. He also played special teams.
He ranked among the league’s best tacklers last season, collecting 64 total tackles. He also intercepted a pass, notched a sack, forced and recovered a fumble, and defensed two passes. He played in every game, starting 11 of them.
Personally, I don’t know why the Eagles would go after Washington. He’s 24 and they already have a whole bunch of young linebackers. Casey Matthews, Brian Rolle, and Greg Lloyd Jr were just drafted this past year and Keenan Clayton and Jamar Chaney were drafted in 2010. And then there’s Stewart Bradley, who will likely be a starter next season if he doesn’t leave via free agency.