Leon Washington finally gets his long-term deal

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.