Monday, June 1, 2009

Leon Ends His Drought

By Conor Galvin,

Leon Washington reported to the Jets OTA's today after missing the first three weeks of the workout. Washington was missing the workouts because he was upset over his contract. He wasn't the only Jets running back to hold out as Thomas Jones held out until he reported last Wednesday because he too was upset over his contract.

Washington is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract he signed back in 2006 after being drafted by the Jets in the fourth round. He is scheduled to make about $535,000 this year. Washington is asking for a contract that pays him about $6 million dollars a year, similar to contracts for players like Darren Sproles and Maurice Jones-Drew.

Washington is coming off a Pro Bowl season as he rushed for 448 yards off 76 carries and six touchdowns. He also had 355 yards receiving with 2 touchdowns and one touchdown off special teams.

With Washington and Jones back the Jets running tandem shouldn't miss a beat. They will be a huge factor in coach Rex Ryans' new offense. Ryan wants to run an "all weather offense' which means a lot of running will be happening for these two backs.

Stay tuned for more New York Jets and NFL news.

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