Free agent Leon Washington visited the New England Patriots on Thursday and liked it enough to sign a one-year contract and will most likely be used by the Patriots to take over return duties. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirmed the news, reporting the signing as another step in the Patriot's replacement plans to replace Wes Welker who signed Wednesday with the Denver Broncos.
Washington brings speed and versatility to the Patriots. The former Seattle Seahawk, who was let go after the team traded for Percy Harvin, will fit in nicely in New England. he is the type of player Belichick and the system loves. He is a player who can contribute in the backfield on third downs as well as take over the kickoff and punt return duties.
The Patriots still have yet to re-sign running back Danny Woodhead and receiver Julian Edelman, both versatile players in the return game and in the Patriots offence so Washington would be a good replacement if the team is unable to bring back either player. He will also be a nice asset in the screen game that the Patriots run so effectively.
Usually when the Patriots let a player the caliber of a Wes Welker go, they have a plan, so it will be interesting to see what else Belichick has up his sleeve.