When the Leon Washington trade went down, I thought two things:
1. The Seahawks just made a great trade. Or . . .
2. The Jets know something about Washington’s recovery from a compound leg fracture we don’t.
New York G.M. Mike Tannenbaum expressed doubt that Washington will be ready for the start of the season. That’s not a shocker. More telling: Manish Mehta of the Newark Star-Ledger reports the Jets didn’t think Washington would return to his pre-injury form all year.
Since the Jets didn’t expect to sign Washington long-term, they decided to let him go.
In Seattle, a different picture is emerging. SI’s Peter King reports that Seattle talked with the Jets’ medical people before the trade. Pete Carroll believes that Washington “was going to be healthy enough to play at his level this season.”
Time will tell who is right, but the Jets made a gamble that will cost them if LaDanian Tomlinson and draft pick Joe McKnight don’t perform as expected.