RB Leon Washington, who in his first season with the Seahawks in 2010 tied for the NFL lead in kickoff returns for touchdowns with three, has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the club, according to his agent, Alvin Keels. Josina Anderson of FOX 31 in Denver first reported the news.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is a four-year, $12.5 million contract and could reach up to $16 million with incentives.
After playing the first four years of his career with the Jets, Washington was traded on draft weekend of 2010 to Seattle for a fifth-round pick, which was used on FB John Conner. With the Seahawks last season, Washington was used marginally on offense, with 27 rushing attempts and nine receptions during the year. His greatest impact came on special teams, where he averaged 25.6 yards per kick return and 11.3 yards per punt return.
The way we see it
Washington is a great locker-room presence for the Seahawks and was one of the team's top offseason priorities to bring back with a new deal. Though he's unlikely to ever be a full-time running back, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him more involved in the offense next year, perhaps as a third-down back.