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Leon Washington had to go

DEPARTURE LEON WASHINGTON, Running back Traded to Seattle

DEPARTURE LEON WASHINGTON, Running back
Traded to Seattle on Day 3 of draft
The change-up back and kick returner with breakaway speed and elusiveness broke his leg in 2009. He signed a one-year tender offer this offseason but was traded after the drafting of Joe McKnight.
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The Jets' trade of Leon Washington to the Seahawks ended a long and mostly unfortunate saga for the 27-year-old running back, who last year declined to sign a long-term deal with the Jets and then suffered a fractured leg last October against the Raiders.

The writing was on the wall with the first-round selection of cornerback Kyle Wilson, who can also return punts. The deal was essentially sealed when GM Mike Tannenbaum traded up in the fourth round to get USC running back Joe McKnight, who will now fill Washington's role in the running game and possibly the return game as well.

The Jets' trade to Seattle netted them Kentucky fullback John Conner, who could press veteran Tony Richardson for a roster spot.

Washington declined to sign his one-year contract tender until the very last moment last week, and appeared resigned to playing on a one-year deal. But the Jets, unwilling to sit with a player they knew they didn't want to keep around for the long term because of his injury situation and unresolved contract status, did the wise thing by moving him in a deal and getting something in return.

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