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Could RB Leon Washington be a part of the Holmes deal?

Leon Washington
A fifth round pick? That’s it? I mean, you have to admit, a former Super Bowl MVP and a wide out that is just 26 years old should have netted the Steelers a heck of a lot more than just a cheap fifth round pick – right?

Well, not so fast, as could there be more to this deal? There’s a rumbling over at Pro Football Talk that says running back Leon Washington may in fact be headed to the Steelers as part of the deal, problem is Washington can’t be part of any deal till he signs his tender with the Jets, and he’s yet to do that.

Here’s the tidbit about Washington from the PFT website:

There are rumors flying in the wake of the trade that sent receiver Santonio Holmes from the Steelers to the Jets that the compensation package includes both a fifth-round draft pick and running back Leon Washington.

Though we’re not yet prepared to declare with 100 percent certainty that this rumor is off the mark, it’s highly unlikely that Washington would be part of the deal. In order to be traded, Washington must first sign his restricted free agency tender offer. Given the apparent speed with which this deal transpired, it’s unlikely that Washington inked the deal before the Steelers and the Jets worked out their trade.

Now if the Steelers find a way to get their hands on Washington in this deal, that changes things BIG TIME. Washington is 27 years old, and can do a number of things to help the black and gold. He can run back kicks, catch the ball out of the backfield, and can run the ball as well.

I’ve always like Washington, and while it looks bad with him fighting with the Jets right now over money, maybe he would come to the Steelers with a chip on his shoulder like another back that came to town on draft day back in 1996 named Jerome Bettis. Now don’t get me wrong, Washington is never going to be “The Bus,” but where the Steelers are at right now as a team and as an offense I really think Washington could be an asset.

Now we’ll have to see if there’s any truth to the rumors, or if that’s what they really are – just rumors.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. watermarking

    April 12, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I remeber picture ‘The last boy scout’ with Bruce Willis))

  2. mark

    April 12, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Washington would be a great grab! Mendy/Moore Washington? That would be a nice 3-headed monster.

  3. George H

    April 12, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I do really like Moore, but Washington is a more explosive version of Moore. I would love to have Washington on the team. Atleast we would get some value for Holmes… As a fan though, I am very disappointed to see Holmes go. Yeah hes been a bonehead off the field, but hey Im not going to the clubs with him so what do I care what he does ooff the field. All I know is that Ward is getting old, Wallace had a tremendous year last year, but started to dissappear during a few games last year, and we dont know what were gonna get out of Randle El. Holmes was our go to guy now and without him, we will see a big hole. Well maybe this is really going to be a sign of the offense going back towards the run. But for me, the running game isntgoing to win SuperBowls, we need a balanced attack to win. No Holmes = Big Trouble

  4. mark

    April 12, 2010 at 10:34 am

    GeorgeH, dont panic brother! No way the team would have let Holmes go if they were worried about this. He wasnt coming back next season anyway, so let see what El, Battle,Wallace, and dare I say…. Sweed can do. Between all of them and Heath Miller, I see a fine transition. We didnt lose sleep over losing Burress,didnt lose sleep over losing Randle-El and the team responded with Championships. If your right, and this is a move geared towards running more and effectively, then the aerial weapons we have will be fine.

  5. Ed

    April 12, 2010 at 11:31 am


    • George H

      April 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm

      Of course a Browns fan says this… I thought the mistake by the lake flooded and the browns went down with it

  6. Gabe

    April 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    fukk tha browns..Pittsburgh is stupid for lettn tha MVP go.MIke Wallace nd Heath Miller is all we have.

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