Tennessee Titans Rumors: Trading Nate Washington Is Riskier Than Stats Suggest?

By Joshua Huffman
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Danny Amendola isn’t the only wide receiver who has been tied to NFL rumors with the Tennessee Titans. On Mar. 12, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah tweeted that the Titans are looking to trade 29-year-old wide receiver Nate Washington.

In 2009, Washington joined the Titans when he signed a six-year, $26.8 million contract. According to Rotoworld, Washington is scheduled to make $4.2 million in 2013 and $4.8 million in 2014. His contract expires after the 2014-15 season. He’s coming off a season with 46 receptions for 746 yards and four touchdowns.

Since Washington debuted with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006, he hasn’t missed a regular-season game. He’s widely considered as a leader and someone who can make big plays. That perception was enhanced with his over-the-head touchdown reception against the Detroit Lions and his game-winner against the Buffalo Bills.

Washington has become a bit of a fan favorite. Despite that, his numbers aren’t that great for a No. 2 wide receiver. Only once in his seven-year career has he had more than 47 receptions or six touchdowns in one season. He has caught just 52 percent of passes that were targeted to him.

What could the Titans get for Washington? Earlier this week, the Baltimore Ravens traded Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick. If that’s any indication for a veteran wide receiver, then it’s difficult to project anything more than a seventh-round pick.

It appears as though Washington doesn’t fit into Dowell Loggains‘ offensive scheme. Loggains seems to want a slot receiver who can stretch the field.  Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright would move outside. Or maybe the Titans are trying to free up cap space for something else?

On one hand, the Titans can find better overall production from one of their top two receivers. On another hand, they’ll have a difficult time replacing his leadership and ability to make plays in clutch situations. If the Titans reached the playoffs, I could see Washington making key plays. Furthermore, it’s nice to have a receiver who’s so durable. Would a duo of Amendola and Britt ever play on the same field at the same time?

It’ll be interesting to see how this unfolds.

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