Surprisingly, the Baltimore Ravens decided on Thursday to send rookie cornerback Shaun Wade to the New England Patriots in a trade. One reason for this is that they have faith in their other young defensive backs.
Furthermore, undrafted rookie Ar’Darius Washington has a great opportunity to contribute in Wade’s absence.
The Ravens signed Washington as their most prominent undrafted free agent immediately after the 2021 NFL Draft. Washington, who was widely considered to be a promising early Day 3 pick, went undrafted despite his obvious talent.
However, the former TCU standout has wasted no time proving the NFL wrong. When given the chance, Washington excelled this summer.
Moreover, his development probably facilitated the Ravens’ decision to release Wade. Perhaps his play was the deciding factor in Baltimore’s choice.
A number of other young defensive backs on the fringe of making the team had strong summers, so Washington wasn’t alone. Chris Westry, a towering rookie, has impressed during training camp, which may have contributed to Wade’s demotion.
Washington, a star safety for TCU, showed his versatility and range as a collegiate player. And after moving to Baltimore, he has indeed fulfilled that role.
Washington has played safety and the slot for the Ravens this summer, with the latter role illuminating why the team was fine with moving on from Wade.
Washington has played 25 slot snaps so far this preseason, second most behind only third-round rookie Brandon Stephens.
Ar’Darius Washington Contract
Ar’Darius Washington agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens on a three-year, $2,440,000 contract that includes a $15,000 signing bonus and a $100,000 guarantee.
Ar’Darius Washington Salary
Ar’Darius Washington earns an average of $813,333 per year. In 2022, Washington’s base salary will be $825,000. His cap hit will be $830,000.
Ar’Darius Washington Net Worth
Ar’Darius Washington has an estimated net worth of $500,000