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Bucs in contact with Leon Washington since his release

Leon Washington has been one of the NFL’s best return men for years.

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Leon Washington has been one of the NFL’s best return men for years.



Leon Washington says the Bucs inquired about trading for him before he was released by the Seahawks on Tuesday.

And the interest hasn’t dwindled since one of the league’s premier return men was let go. The Bucs have already been in contact with his representative, though no deal is imminent with the running back/kick returner. The team likely will make a decision on Washington after it deals with more pressing matters, like finishing its negotiations with safety Dashon Goldson and addressing its cornerback needs.

The fit is obvious. The Bucs had no consistent return man in 2012 and Washington has been one of the NFL’s best for years. And Washington might have some usefulness as a third-down running back with his capable hands and elusiveness.

Washington said during a radio interview today that the Bucs attempted to swing a deal for him with the Seahawks. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen and Seattle released him.

Washington, 30, is a former Florida State standout and a Jacksonville native.

He averaged 29.0 yards on kick returns last season, second in the NFL behind the Ravens’ Jacoby Jones. Washington has eight kick-return touchdowns in his eight-year career.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:57pm]


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