Jets May Sign Running Back Washington by Week’s End

by abournenesn

Jul 27, 2009

According to Jets beat writer Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News, Jets running back Leon Washington may get a new deal with the Jets by Friday.

Washington was scheduled to earn the minimum salary of $535,000 this year — his fourth season in the NFL. The dynamic running back who also returns punts and kickoffs will hold out of training camp if a new deal isn't made.

Cimini believes that there's a good chance both parties will agree by the start of camp, which begins Friday in Cortland:

The Leon Washington negotiations are heating up. It seems that both sides want to get a deal by Friday, an encouraging sign. From what I hear, the ball is in the Jets' court. They're preparing a counter proposal for Washington, who is believed to be seeking $6 million per year. I'll stick with the same prediction I made in May: IF this gets done, it'll be $4.5 mil per year, with $15 million guaranteed. Advice to Jets: Just pay him.

The 26-year-old has recorded 1,451 yards and 13 touchdowns in three seasons as a part-time player for the AFC East squad.

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