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New England Patriots host Leon Washington, Jeff Demps likely gone

Shortly after acquiring playmaker Percy Harvin, the Seattle Seahawks released former New York Jets returner Leon Washington, and the 30-year-old Florida State product has garnered interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since. The New England Patriots seem willing to get rid of Jeff Demps after he stated his desire to run track and play football, and that doesn’t seem to sit too well with Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

The Patriots showed interest in former Cleveland Browns returner Josh Cribbs, and the Pats and Arizona Cardinals were the final two for Cribbs. However, he decided to take the deal Arizona offered him, and thus is Patrick Peterson‘s replacement (will focus at corner) on returns.

Now the Patriots have shifted their focus to Leon Washington, and could very well replace a Florida alumn with a Florida State alumn. Adam Schefter is reporting that Washington is visiting with the Patriots today, and he could end up playing in the AFC East again after being a good kick and punt returner for the Seahawks for three seasons.

The Patriots have a significant need for a return specialist with the explosive ability of Washington, and, unlike Demps, Washington is only focused on football and can make an impact as a running back and pass-catcher out of the backfield if need be. Demps might be able to do this, but at least we have seen Washington do that sort of stuff in the past.

I like the Pats decision to at least work out Washington, and we’ll see if he ends up being the newest member of the New England Patriots organization.

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