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March 13, 2013 @ 11:08 am
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Bucs To Add Kick Returner Washington?

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The free agency front has been fairly quiet in Tampa Bay, but the Buccaneers could be adding former Seahawk Leon Washington to bolster their special teams. While not the splash fans are expecting, the move could greatly improve one facet of the Buccaneers in 2013.
The Buccaneers special teams were anemic at times last season, particularly the return game. Special teams coach Bob Ligashesky was a casualty of the poor performance, and fired in late January, replaced by former NFL head coach Dave Wannstedt.

With most fans focused on who the Buccaneers will bring in to shore up their secondary and improve the defense, the return game hasn’t been discussed or on many peoples minds for the most part over the last few days.

But that could be changing.

Former Jets and Seahawks running back/kick returner Leon Washington was released by Seattle on Tuesday after the Seahawks acquired Percy Harvin in a blockbuster trade with the Vikings.

Tuesday morning on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Washington said the Buccaneers actually attempted to trade for him but he was released by Seattle instead. If Washington is correct then the Buccaneers could be in play for the talented former Seminole who has eight-career kickoff return touchdowns.

Seattle general manager John Schneider talked about Washington on Tuesday.

“He did a phenomenal job here,” general manager Schneider. “He’s such a pro; he handled it with great class when Pete (Carroll) and I sat down with him and told him what we’re doing. We’re going to miss him.”

Washington, 30, was third in the NFL in kickoff returns in 2012, averaging 29.0 yards per return and was selected to the Pro Bowl. Along with kickoffs, Washington also retuned 41 punts, averaging 8.9 yards per return with a long of 52 yards.

For his career the versatile Washington has rushed for 2,213 yards (4.6 avg.) while adding 1,147 yards receiving.

Where Washington has really excelled is in the return game where he holds the NFL record (tied with Josh Cribbs) with the most career kickoff returns touchdowns (8).

Last modified on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:35

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    Get this guy NOW !!! Maybe he can be the return man for a couple of years and give M. Smith some pointers on how to be a pro-bowl return man. I thought Smith did a good job last year in pre-season and only got the chance in (I think) one regular season game. Having this guy here is a DEFINITE improvement in PR and KR yardage. He is also a good solid runner out of the backfield and is good on third downs. He could help give Martin a breather on third downs and keep him fresh. Go Bucs!
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    If Dominick gives away draft picks for Bevis, it reinforces to me that he is a crappy judge of talent and knows it....you can't draft a bust if you dont have a pick. We need the picks, or the cap will become a problem in the future, every team needs to have cheap players on the team. It would be great if Dominick could draft some that actually make the team. Bevis equals an injured older diva costly inboth cap space and draft picks....just say no butthead. Use the money more wisely and quit wasting your time on that guy.
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    Might want to consider why the Seahawks chose to release him over trading him to us. I'd be pretty suprised if he wants to become a Buc.
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    Signing him and Gholston would be great. We need to sign a CB also. I am cautious with Revis. He is coming off injury and wants alot of money. I dont think there is a team willing to give what the Jets want for him and still be able to afford his contract. If we wait til week 5 we might be able to trade for him at a reduced rate. The Jets aren't going to let him walk for nothing. I would rather have smith, cox, Grimes or even Asomugha if the price is right. We should draft Olgetree LB with our first pick. We could move Foster back to OLB where he is more comfortable. We would have the youngest and meeanest LB core in teh NFL. Then trade back into the first and grab Trufant. I heard we are trying to trade for Matt Cassell. That guy sucks. I hope we dont do it.
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    I thought of this as soon as he was released. He could fill both return spots as well as be a threat on 3rd downs. Go for it!
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    The Bucs need to look into getting Julian Edelman. He plays WR, CB, and does returns.
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    This would be an outstanding move by the Bucs if it happened, if they sign Washington, Gholston, and perhaps two corners and address DE in the draft or somehow keep Bowers out of jail this team will be a playoff team this yr, yeah I said it "Playoff Team"!
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    Beats Benn being back there
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