Jets Trade Leon Washington to Seattle
Seattle, meanwhile, is also having a busy day on the RB front. During the fourth round, the Seawhawks exchanged fourth- and sixth-round picks with the Tennessee Titans in a deal that also saw them receive running back LenDale White and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson from Tennessee. Seattle's overhauled backfield now includes White (who played for new Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at USC), Washington and Justin Forsett, who finished last season as the team's feature back.
Washington's fall in New York was rapid. A year ago, he skipped some off-season workouts due to a contract dispute with the Jets. He and the team were at work on an extension when Washington broke his leg in late October and missed the remainder of the season. As of a few days ago, the Jets were expecting Washington to return from the injury in time for the season and team in the backfield with Shonn Greene and LaDanian Tomlinson.
But the injury and contract situations were combining to make them antsy, so they picked CB Kyle Wilson in the first round with the thought that he could help out on punt returns (which used to be Washington's job), and by Saturday they were ready to move on without Washington. They plan to use Greene as their No. 1 back, with Tomlinson and now maybe McKnight as change-of-pace options out of the backfield.