According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Seahawks are planning to release RB Leon Washington. It's strange to be even talking about releasing a player who just made the Pro Bowl as one of the best return men in the business, but the impending signing of Percy Harvin made him expendable. Harvin is a pretty decent return man in his own right, and the contract the team is working out with him (reportedly in the neighborhood of 5 years, $56 million) is large enough that the Seahawks will want to clear up a little cap space afterwards.
But regardless of the financial sense it makes, I'm going to miss seeing Washington standing on the goal line, bobbing his head in time to the stadium music while he waits for the kickoff to commence. Here's hoping he catches on with another team and gets in a few more years' worth of solid return play, preferably somewhere in the AFC where he'll be least likely to play against the Seahawks.
I know i am late to the party, but i may be one of the only Hawk fans that think we spent WAY to much here. Losing one of the best return men in the game, is rough enough, but the fact that Washington was a fan favorite makes it worse. I have a football that i went out of my way to have LW sign because he was my favorite Seahawk to watch, just due to the explosiveness. Who spends 67 million to put a player into special teams? This is the second of two bad moves by the Seahawks. signing Harvin was bad move number one!
I heard as of this morning (3-13-13) that Washington was still a Seahawk, with the possibility of restructuring his contract...He may be on his way out, but he's not out yet, as PC is allowing him to see what the market has to offer...He might just stick around with a pay-cut/ restructure for his best chance at a SB...Good luck and absolute happiness regardless of what happens...Peace out!
@DanNDeannDOnofrio Interesting. Washington is listed as having been released on Seahawks.com's transactions page, but so far I haven't read anything about the team officially releasing him. If there's some eleventh hour contract renegotiations happening, everyone is being very hush-hush about it. I wouldn't mind seeing him stick around at a lower salary and keep returning kicks to prevent the offense's expensive new weapon from getting injured on special teams. Good catch.