Coach Bruce Arians told ESPN he anticipates having “probably two or three or four more” with the former Pro Bowler, who was conditionally reinstated by the NFL on April 25 after an almost three-year suspension for multiple violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Arians, team president Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim met with Washington earlier this week, but that one get-together wasn’t enough, Bidwill said.
“I don’t see this as a 30-minute meeting,” Bidwill said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “There’s a lot that needs to go into this, our analysis, because we haven’t seen him in three years. There’s a lot more process that we’re going to go through than just having [one] meeting. I think everybody has got to be comfortable to put him back on the field.
“We’re going to go through our process and hopefully have an answer one way or the other here soon.”
But Arians, who said Bidwill with have the “final say” on Washington’s future with the Cardinals, doesn’t expect Washington’s status with the team to be decided in time for organized team activities, which begin May 16.
“I would not think so,” Arians told ESPN.
Since Washington was reinstated two days before the first day of the NFL draft, Bidwill said the Cardinals put off any thought of meeting with the 30-year-old until after draft weekend. Washington had a personal issue arise, Bidwill said, and was out of town last weekend, making this the week the Cardinals will address Washington.
When asked what he hoped to see from Washington, Arians flatly stated, “nothing.”
Bidwill said there’s one big thing he’s hoping to hear from Washington during their meetings.
“We need to know that this isn’t going to happen again, that he’s accepted responsibility for what happened and what he has done,” Bidwill said. “And there’s a couple different things that happened. He had a couple different things. I’m not talking about it, and now all of sudden I start talking about it, but just generally, we need to know that players accept responsibility, addressed their issues in a therapeutic way in which we know professionally that they’re going to be good to go going forward, that we’re comfortable having them around.
“And when you’ve had a player off the field for three years, it’s a big deal.”