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Cowboys Reportedly Show Interest in Veteran, Troubled LB Daryl Washington

On the same day that 2016 second round pick Jaylon Smith strapped on a helmet and participated in the start of the Dallas Cowboys' OTAs – a massive step towards his return to football action after missing his full rookie season – the Cowboys also reportedly began to show some interest in another 's services, those of veteran .

While the 509 days that it has been since 's last seems like a lot, coming in the bowl game against 's Buckeyes that cost him draft positioning and this past season, it is nothing compared to the 1,242 days that Daryl Washington has gone without seeing NFL action.

Washington was recently reinstated after serving a three-year for separate issues, first drug related and later due to . Daryl was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season – the last we saw of Washington – for his second violation of the NFL substance abuse policy.

The former Cardinals linebacker would bring plenty of baggage to his new team, which is an unwelcome sight to coping with the pending loss of David Irving as the latest Dallas defender to land a season-starting four game suspension.

Cowboys Reportedly Show Interest in Veteran, Troubled LB Daryl Washington

“Doing their homework” on a player that was a 2010 pick (selected 47th overall, eight picks before ) and 2012 Pro Bowler is hardly something the Cowboys will be alone in, as Washington – last we saw him in Arizona – was the perfect linebacker, flying around the field and stopping running backs in their tracks.

Just last summer around this time, we were talking about a very crowded depth chart for the Dallas Cowboys at LB. It may not have included Jaylon Smith, but there was , , Sean Lee, , and .

With Sean Lee's starting spot locked into stone, and the Cowboys playing dominantly with just two linebackers, it would appear that adding Smith at MIKE and allowing the rest of these names to compete for the lesser opportunities at SAM – a role that Damien Wilson has shown plenty of promise in – could be the way to go.

This hasn't stopped the Cowboys from leaving no stone untouched in adding, at the very least, an intriguing camp body at linebacker by considering Daryl Washington. At his best, Washington could be the perfect backup to Lee or Smith, and more realistically could thrive in the “” situational veteran LB role if signed.

Conversely, the Cowboys could also feel good about their young depth at LB as one of the best overall young and talented teams in the league.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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