The New England Patriots are starting to think their wide receiver ranks. Veteran wideout Nate Washington was released on Wednesday.
This move was overshadowed by the newsworthy release of Bryan Stork, but it is still notable nonetheless.
Washington joined the Patriots five months ago, and this writer applauded the move. From the outset, it was clear that Washington was signed to a bubble contract, so the Patriots were always prepared to cut him if they weren’t overly impressed with the veteran.
A 10-year pro, Washington has 458 receptions, 6,954 yards and 38 touchdowns to his name. He turns 33 in four days, so most NFL teams are going to think long and hard before giving Washington consideration. If the Patriots passed on him, most teams in the NFL will follow suit, but you never know.
Alright, let’s focus back to the Patriots and the implications of this move. Here are three ripple effects of the Patriots parting ways with Washington:
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