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Leon Washington finally gets his long-term deal

Leon Washington

Running back Leon Washington has been angling for a long-term deal for a long time.  He finally has gotten one.

Josina Anderson of Cris Collinsworth’s FootballPros.com first reported that agent Alvin Keels disclosed he has struck an agreement in principle on a four-year deal between Washington and the Seahawks.  Keels thereafter announced the deal on Twitter.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the contract has a base value of $12.5 million, and that it could be worth up to $16 million with incentives.  Washington also will receive guaranteed money of $3.5 million.  (It’s unknown whether it’s a real guarantee or an injury-only guarantee or some other device used by agents to characterize non-guaranteed money as guaranteed money.)

One thing we can guarantee is that it’s less than the $10 million guaranteed ($5 million truly guaranteed and $5 million for injury) that Leon rejected from the Jets in 2009, before a broken leg ended his season, his career in New York, and his shot at a major payday.

In his first season with the Seahawks, Washington generated only 179 yards from scrimmage.  But he returned 57 kickoffs for 1,461 yards and three touchdowns, and 22 punts for 249 yards.

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7 Responses to “Leon Washington finally gets his long-term deal”
  1. revisisland says: Mar 1, 2011 2:14 PM

    Should have just taken the offer The Jets gave him. But I’m happy that Leon is having success in Seattle He’s a great player and was always my favorite Jet.

  2. hawks12 says: Mar 1, 2011 2:14 PM

    one of the best returners in the league he single handedly beat the chargers this season….

  3. phinheads says: Mar 1, 2011 2:20 PM

    Good for you Leon. Straight cash homey

  4. patssmelllikepoo says: Mar 1, 2011 2:43 PM

    Note to future NFL players, whatever Alvin Keels says please do the opposite. As a Jet fan I love Leon and wish the best for him but his agent and wife screwed him out of some good coin and got a ticket to Siberia.

    Good Luck Leon

  5. thehighhat says: Mar 1, 2011 3:34 PM

    I smell another “successful” losing season at 7-9 again!!!

  6. cthunder67 says: Mar 1, 2011 8:03 PM

    Note to future NFL players, whatever Alvin Keels says please do the opposite. As a Jet fan I love Leon and wish the best for him but his agent and wife screwed him out of some good coin and got a ticket to Siberia
    …………………………………………………………………………………..
    Wrong!
    A nasty leg injury screwed Leon out of some good coin. If he hadn’t been injured he would have been paid by the Jets or any other NFL team.

  7. fumblenuts says: Mar 1, 2011 8:31 PM

    RB Leon Washington will hopefully be teamed up more in the backfield with Lynch and Forsett. They should be able to have a 3 headed rushing attack this season.

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