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Leon Washington visiting the Patriots

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The Buccaneers aren’t the only team interested in free agent Leon Washington.

Washington, the running back and return man who was cut by the Seahawks this week, will visit the Patriots today, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

New England likes versatile players, and Washington is that: He can run, catch passes out of the backfield, line up as a slot receiver, return punts and return kickoffs. For that reason, Washington could make sense for the Patriots.

He could also make sense because the Patriots just lost Wes Welker, their primary punt returner, in free agency. Although much has been made about Danny Amendola filling Welker’s role on offense, it’s not clear whether the Patriots also envision Amendola filling Welker’s role on special teams. Part of Welker’s special teams role could be filled by Washington.

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  1. peezwizz says: Mar 14, 2013 6:56 AM

    grab him. demps is unproven / uncertain

  2. newlydead says: Mar 14, 2013 7:01 AM

    i’m a BUCs fan here but if it came down to similar offers i would think its a no brainer for Leon

  3. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 14, 2013 7:14 AM

    If Demps is bent on being a flake and returning to track then I get this. If he’s a replacement for Danny Woodhead then the team only gets weaker.

  4. patfanken says: Mar 14, 2013 7:20 AM

    BTW- I love Leon Washington. He was by far my favorite Jet, when he played there. He was a real threat every time he touched the ball. HOWEVER…. Right now, between Vareen, Demps and possibly a returning Woodhead, his skills seem somewhat redundant

  5. patriottony says: Mar 14, 2013 7:28 AM

    You have Demps,,who is a ghost and trail of dust,,,he played in one game last year and them the opposing team looked silly,,it was..”where did he go”,,,,”where did who go?”

    This from a non football guy…track star. All you welker worriers,,relax take a deep breath,,give it a chance. Do you honestly think if the PATS wanted to keep welker they would have let him slide out?

  6. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 14, 2013 7:31 AM

    Don’t want to see him sign with the Patriots. The guys a playmaker & serious theat. Wish the Jets had some vision here & would bring him back. He’s a bargain.

  7. pencilmonkeymagic says: Mar 14, 2013 7:51 AM

    Perfect fit for the Patriots. Great player & great versatility.

  8. iamapatsfan says: Mar 14, 2013 8:02 AM

    Now that I’ve had a night to sleep on it, I’m feeling a little better about Wes leaving. I still wish we’d kept him, but like it’s been said, if the Pats really wanted/needed to keep him, 6.5/year wouldn’t have broken the bank at all.

    For Leon Washington. He is a playmaker, but we do have Vereen, Woodhead and if he hangs around, Demps. All of these people are a similar group as Washington would be. If we can get him cheaply, though, why not. Everyone knows he’s good with the ball in his hands.

  9. blueballz77 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:17 AM

    Danny Amendola just listed as Questionable for his press conference

  10. spammerscrammer says: Mar 14, 2013 8:22 AM

    No surprise Pats are interested. Just like Welker did when he was with the Dolphins, Washington has played well against them, making the Pats defense and special teams look bad.
    Still, don’t think it make sense. As one of the commenters already noted, Pats are already very deep with speedy back types. One of them just has to emerge at being dependably sure-handed catching and holding on to the ball, like Faulk and Welker.
    Did they really let Welker walk?

  11. ayoungandres says: Mar 14, 2013 8:29 AM

    It really looks to me like Pats were caught off guard by Wes leaving.

  12. jnbnet says: Mar 14, 2013 8:29 AM

    patriottony says:
    Mar 14, 2013 7:28 AM
    You have Demps,,who is a ghost and trail of dust,,,he played in one game last year and them the opposing team looked silly,,it was..”where did he go”,,,,”where did who go?”

    This from a non football guy…track star. All you welker worriers,,relax take a deep breath,,give it a chance. Do you honestly think if the PATS wanted to keep welker they would have let him slide out?

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    You’re right. Its so easy to get upset, and lash out at Bill B…..knee jerk reactons. Only time will tell how this plays out. I have a feeling that the Patriots management knows a little bit more about running a team than most of us. What was it we Patriots fans used to day? “In Bill we trust.”

  13. charliedamon says: Mar 14, 2013 8:30 AM

    He puts the “Wash” in “washed-up”. They probably didn’t want to pay Cribbs, either, now he’s signing with AZ…who the heck wants to play there?!?

  14. jnbnet says: Mar 14, 2013 8:40 AM

    ayoungandres says:
    Mar 14, 2013 8:29 AM
    It really looks to me like Pats were caught off guard by Wes leaving.

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    Wrong! They could have kept him if they had wanted to. We will probably never know all the “facts”. The Patritos are all about chemistry and if they felt that welker was becoming a locker room problem, then they were prepared to move along without him.

  15. pastabelly says: Mar 14, 2013 8:53 AM

    patriottony says:
    Mar 14, 2013 7:28 AM
    You have Demps,,who is a ghost and trail of dust,,,he played in one game last year and them the opposing team looked silly,,it was..”where did he go”,,,,”where did who go?”

    This from a non football guy…track star. All you welker worriers,,relax take a deep breath,,give it a chance. Do you honestly think if the PATS wanted to keep welker they would have let him slide out?
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    Well, the problem is NOT that the Patriots couldn’t have kept Welker. They could have. The problem is that they undervalued their own asset and it’s not as if this hasn’t happened before. Most of the time they are right. But I can think of three times where they blew it: Law, Vinatieri, and Samuel. This could be the fourth and that’s why the fan base isn’t happy. Demps is a free agent flyer.

    Edelman is the one they want in the return game. They absolutely need to resign him and the difference between Edelman and Amendola could be closer than it is to Amendola and Welker. Hopefully, Edelman signs a new deal with the team. They’ll need him when Amendola goes down.

  16. tg2121 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:55 AM

    Edelman has been the Pats primary punt returner for the past 3-4 years…

  17. phillynac says: Mar 14, 2013 8:57 AM

    It is ridiculous to say the Pats were caught off guard by Welker leaving. He gave the Pats a chance to match and they said no. From all reports, they started pursuing Amendola last weekend during the negotiating window. Seems to me like they got the guy they wanted. As for Demps, he probably won’t even be on the team this year. He chose track over football this offseason and Bill can’t be too happy after investing a whole season in him. He is a project even if he does make the team.

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 14, 2013 9:10 AM

    Would have been excited about this a couple years ago but I think Washington is past his prime now and not a great add.

  19. superpatsfan3 says: Mar 14, 2013 9:18 AM

    By far, this guy was my favorite Jet. He used to KILL us. I used to call him “Kevin Faulk” with overdrive because he was a threat from anywhere on the field. I’m not sure he’s still the same guy since that gruesome injury he had a few years ago but he’s very intriguing.

    Ridley-Vereen and then some combination of Bolden, Woody and Washington (one of those three would be gone) sounds about right to me.

    Don’t think we’ll go after Steven Jackson…which is of course a bit sad.

  20. bcgreg says: Mar 14, 2013 9:23 AM

    First of all, Edelman is the Patriots’ primary punt returner not Welker. Welker filled in when Edelman got hurt because they had no one else with PR experience.

  21. charleythedinosaur says: Mar 14, 2013 9:39 AM

    Just a case of Patriots due diligence in case they lose Woodhead. Move along. Nothing to see here.

  22. dynaco says: Mar 14, 2013 9:44 AM

    Here we go again…Pats collecting more old Jets than the Iraqi airforce.

  23. olyhawk says: Mar 14, 2013 10:11 AM

    Pats should ink this man stat. He is electrifying in the return game, a decent change of pace back, and most of all an absolute class act. His leadership is infectious, and his community involvement is par none. One of the best return men the nfl has ever seen.

  24. themackstrong says: Mar 14, 2013 10:16 AM

    Washington changed field position nearly better than anyone in football. He is a real leader and class person. Pats couldn’t get a better return man. He had a few muff he recovered the last couple of years & lost 1 or 2 but consider he did every punt/kick return and took it to the house on many occasions Patriots special teams would lucky to have him.

  25. pbyrne11 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:42 AM

    Danny Amendola gets hurt eating breakfast. He should not return kicks or punts you gotta protect a 5 year investment.

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