Cap space grows without Washington

Arizona was poised to gain a significant increase in its salary cap space this week when the Cardinals' June 1 designation went into effect.

But with linebacker Daryl Washington's suspension also processed, that number increased even more.

The Cardinals had $11.939 million in cap space as of Tuesday. That number will change slightly with the signing of linebacker Ernie Sims. Arizona had $9.039 million in cap space after June 1, when former guard Daryn Colledge's cap numbers were factored into the Cards' cap room.

Colledge was released in March but was a June 1 designation, meaning the Cardinals absorbed only his 2014 cap hit this year -- $2.275 million -- instead of twice that. The rest, another $2.275 million, will be on the books for 2015.

Arizona's current cap space also includes Washington's $2.9 million cap number, which brought the Cardinals to just shy of $12 million.