Nate Washington had the game-winning touchdown for the Titans on Sunday, continuing a strong season for the veteran wide receiver.
Washington has 56 catches for 880 yards and three touchdowns on the year and has maintained a leading role in the offense even as the team’s added other options in the last two drafts. Those two picks, Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter, are definitely part of Tennessee’s future, but Washington’s outlook may be less clear.
He’s set to make $4.8 million next year in the final year of a six-year contract. Washington will be 31 when next season gets underway, raising the possibility that the Titans might look to lower his salary in exchange for another year as a veteran mentor. Washington understands why the Titans might want to go that way, but he let them know that he’s not willing to go down that road.
“It’s time to move on, man,” Washington said, via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com. “If that’s the way they have to approach it, I understand.”
It’s premature to get too deep into personnel matters until the Titans have decided on Mike Munchak’s future with the organization, but they know where Washington stands once that moment does arrive.