At this time of the year, things are quiet for most teams. The Bears were hoping they would be among those teams without drama, but it wasn’t meant to be. Second-year defensive end Cornelius Washington was arrested in Georgia last Friday for speeding and driving with a suspended license.
Washington was a sixth round pick out of Georgia in the 2013 draft. He played in just two games last season, recording one tackle. but the Bears were hoping for good things from the superbly athletic Washington.
Washington was previously arrested for speeding and driving under the influence in 2011. He was suspended two games for that arrest. Police say there was no alcohol related to this arrest.
Even though he was arrested, Washington did not act like a diva pro athlete. In talking about the arrest, Chief Deputy Jeremy Kelly said this about Washington, “I’ll say this, he is one of the most respectful people I have met in my life.”
Washington may have made a good impression on the Georgia State Troopers, but this arrest probably does not impress any of the Bears’ coaches.
Look for the Bears to release Washington early and for him to latch onto another team soon.