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.