Nate Washington to Patriots: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2016

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 27:  Nate Washington #85 of the Houston Texans celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Veteran wide receiver Nate Washington agreed to terms with the New England Patriots on Thursday, the team announced

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported the deal is for one year. 

Washington, 32, continues to produce later in his career. He registered 47 receptions for 658 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games with the Houston Texans in 2015. While he's accumulated 1,000 or more passing yards just once in his career (2011), he did notch 919 receiving yards in 2013 with the Tennessee Titans and has posted 647 or more receiving yards in his last two campaigns.

He was second on the Texans in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2015, however.

The veteran was never an elite option in the passing game, but he's a steady player who can provide nice depth for New England, likely as a third or fourth receiver. He's also an excellent locker room presence, with Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle noting that "Washington's leadership was instrumental in the locker room."

That made him a nice, affordable addition for the Patriots. Washington won't dazzle with elite skill, but he's a reliable option who will fill out the team's receiving corps nicely.

In New England, he'll join a crowded depth chart at wideout that includes Julian EdelmanDanny Amendola, Chris Hogan, Keshawn MartinAaron DobsonChris Harper and DeAndre Carter.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, Edelman and running back Dion Lewis will likely remain Tom Brady's top options in the passing game, while Amendola will continue to be a solid contributor. But Washington will have the opportunity to earn plenty of targets behind those four players and will battle to earn snaps in New England with players like Hogan and Martin. 


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