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Leon on trade: "I was stoked"

Leon Washington seemed genuinely excited about being back in the mix with the Jets upon signing his tender two weeks ago.

He appears to be even happier now that he's gone.

Traded earlier today to the Seahawks for a seventh-round pick, Washington couldn't have been more pleased to be heading to the Pacific Northwest.

"Honestly, I was stoked," Washington told the Seattle media in a conference call. "It was a great opportunity for me to get a change of scenery. Also, to play for a coach that I have watched so much in college and how well the players play for him and how well all the players liked him. Coach Carroll is a great coach to play for and I'm just excited.

"This is a brand new start for me. I'm just excited about getting out there and contributing to the team."

Washington was out running some errands for his wife and as soon as he got home and turned on the TV, he saw the news flash across the screen.

In a weird twist of fate, Washington planned on being somewhere off the Long Island coast around 3:30 p.m. today fishing with Chris Baker. You know, the same Chris Baker who's a former Jet and New England Patriot. The tight end was signed by the Seahawks in March.

"I was like, 'Dude, we're teammates now,' " Washington said. "He told me that I would be very pleased about Seattle. Everybody out there is great and it's a great organization. They're looking to get back on track and return to a winning tradition. I'm just happy that I have a chance to be a part of that."

Still, did he think he was going to get traded?

"After I signed my tender I sat down with the Jets, and they told me there are no guarantees in this business," Washington said. "They told me the phone could possibly ring and there could be a possibility. I didn't expect it, but I knew it was a possibility. Like I said before, it's a great opportunity."

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