Tennessee Titans Rumors: What Did Wes Welker Interest Mean for Nate Washington?

By Joshua Huffman
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

It’s becoming obvious that the Tennessee Titans will add another wide receiver before the 2013-14 NFL season. Shortly after the league calendar year started on Mar. 12 at 3:00 p.m. CT, the Titans were linked to Danny Amendola rumors. They’ve also scheduled a Mar. 15 visit with Brandon Gibson.

Former St. Louis Rams players aren’t the only receivers who the Titans have targeted. On Mar. 14, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweeted that the Titans pursued free-agent wide receiver Wes Welker. Welker signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Denver Broncos.

What does this mean for the current group of receivers? Multiple reports have suggested that the Titans are shopping Nate Washington. Upon hearing those reports, Washington has allegedly claimed that he’d prefer his release over a trade. That would give him more flexibility on choosing what team he plays for.

In 2012, Washington had 46 receptions for 746 yards and four touchdowns. While his stats aren’t spectacular, Washington has a knack for big plays. That’s evidenced with his over-the-head catch against the Detroit Lions and his game-winning reception against the Buffalo Bills. Washington is a leader, extremely durable and a positive locker-room presence for players like Kenny Britt.

At the least, Welker is the second wide receiver who the Titans have targeted in the range of $6 million annually. They want someone who can stretch the field. To make cap space, the Titans would trade or release Washington. He’s scheduled to make $4.2 million in 2013 and $4.8 million in 2014.

Are the Titans misjudging Washington’s value because much of it is unquantifiable? Even if he doesn’t fit into Dowell Loggains‘ offense as a slot receiver, he’s a great replacement for the unreliable Britt. It’s very concerning that they even considered putting Britt and Amendola on the same field— or try to.

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