29-year-old Charles Washington is an American football safety for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Fresno State and signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft.
Washington played for the Fresno State Bulldogs of Fresno State University from 2012 to 2015. He was redshirted in 2011. He played in 12 games in 2012, recording 8 solo tackles, 5 tackle assists, 2 pass breakups, and 1 fumble recovery.
Washington also returned a blocked extra point attempt for two points. He earned Mountain West (MW) All-Academic honors in 2012. He started all 13 games in 2013, totaling 50 solo tackles, 21 tackle assists, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 2 pass breakups, and 1 forced fumble.
After going undrafted, Washington signed with the Detroit Lions on May 6, 2016. He was waived by the Lions on September 3 and signed to the team’s practice squad on September 4. He was released on October 12 and signed to the Lions’ practice squad on October 17, 2016. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Lions on January 9, 2017.
In 2018, Washington played in 13 games before being placed on injured reserve on December 22, 2018. On August 31, 2019, Washington was waived by the Lions. On September 1, 2019, Washington was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals.
On March 27, 2020, Washington was re-signed by the Cardinals. On March 29, 2021, Washington re-signed with the Cardinals on a one-year contract. He was placed on injured reserve on September 29, 2021, with a hamstring injury. He was activated on December 18.
On May 2, 2022, Washington re-signed with the Cardinals. He was placed on injured reserve on September 1, 2022.