Nov.25, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Leon Washington (33) runs for a touchdown on a kickoff return during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks Set To Release Leon Washington

We knew this was coming. Percy Harvin’s addition, along with his big contract, meant that Leon Washington was almost certainly on the way out in Seattle.

Last night, we caught word that the Seahawks were shopping the pro-bowl kick returner. Apparently with his over inflated contract they weren’t able to find anyone interested in acquiring him.

Seahawks have over $2.5 million against the cap by making this move. He counts for just $750k in dead money on the cap after his release become official.

Washington was due  $1 million roster bonus, which necessitated that the Seahawks act quickly once they decided he was done in Seattle. There was no way they were going to pay him that money in hopes of eventually finding a trade partner, especially since it would increase the dead money on the cap by that $1 million as well.

Jets and 49ers (among others) are teams that are reportedly interested.

I expect Seattle to look to the draft to try and find a 3rd RB and a backup option for KR/PR in case Harvin gets injured. Golden Tate has always been an intriguing option as a kick returner as well, but was never able to get past Washington on the depth chart.

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  • All Coug’d Up

    I feel bad for Leon, he’s been a great Seahawk. But that’s the life of a return specialist. If a team can find a value WR or RB that can double as a kick return guy… He’s certainly got plenty left and I pray he heads to the JETS and not the 9ers. I don’t expect SEA to look for a return specialist with Tate on the roster. Golden’s value just got depreciated a little as well, but he has a sort of magic elusiveness with the ball in his hands and I would expect him to immediately become the #1 punt returner with Harvin taking the KO return duties.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      not sure why so people think he’d head to the 49ers. They have LaMichael James on the roster who’s ideal to be a kick returner.