After watching his production drop in 2012, wide receiver Nate Washington is on the verge of becoming expendable for the Tennessee Titans.
On top of the emergence of 2012 first-rounder Kendall Wright, the Titans also brought in slot receiver Kevin Walter this offseason as a depth measure. If Tennessee feels that they can depend on No. 1 receiver Kenny Britt heading into their 2013 campaign, the overpriced Washington could soon find himself on the open market.
What really signified the end Washington’s time in Tennessee, though, was the fact that he clearly clocked out near the end of the 2012 season. His effort was at an all-time low, and it led to numerous problems in the passing game. Especially as the Titans attempt to break in young quarterback Jake Locker, having a talented wide receiver who isn’t going to give 100 percent is only going to lead to more problems.
Now I know that expecting Walter to replace Washington in the lineup is unrealistic. Walter has never been an explosive receiver, and only put up the type of numbers he did with the Houston Texans because he was across from Andre Johnson all those years.
Walter, however, costs a boatload less than Washington, who still has two years left on his six-year, $26.8 million deal. While Washington will count $5.1 million against the Titans’ salary cap in 2013, Walter is only slated to make $940,000. Financially, replacing Washington with Walter makes sense.
The Titans need to move forward with players willing to show up each and every week. While Britt is still worth the risk, Washington has become expendable as Tennessee continues to add depth at wide receiver.
Unless they find a trade partner in the near future, expect Washington to be walking the streets soon.