The day after the New England Patriots signed free agent running back Leon Washington, Danny Woodhead has come to an agreement with the San Diego Chargers. Woodhead, who has been with New England for the past three seasons following being cut by the New York Jets, had been primarily used as a "passing" back and a kick/punt returner during his time with the Pats.
The deal, announced on Friday is for two years, but the value of the contract has not been disclosed at this time. The Patriots had expressed interest in having Woodhead return to the team. Now that Washington is on the Patriots though, it was likely that Woodhead would have seen reduced playing time. That, combined with what was probably a better offer financially led to Woodhead making the move to the Bolts.
In a statement released earlier, Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco said:
“We are really excited to add Danny to our football team. Not only does he add a different dynamic to our offense, but he has all the intangible qualities that we are looking for in the players who we want to become San Diego Chargers. Danny is smart, he’s tough and he has a passion for the game. We feel his versatility and playmaking ability will be an upgrade for our offense.”
Danny Woodhead carried the ball 76 times for 301 yards in the 2012 season, scoring four touchdowns in the process. In addition, he caught the ball 40 times for 446 yards and three touchdowns.
His agent, Chris Gittings of One West Sports issued the following statement:
“Danny wants to thank the Patriots for the opportunity he received, and the trust and faith they put in him. New England was amazing to him; lifelong friends were made, and lifelong memories were created.”