Could Jets lose Leon Washington, too?

March, 3, 2010
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A couple days after the New York Jets announced they would release Thomas Jones, they've been warned they could lose another running back if they're not careful.

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The Jets placed a second-round tender on Leon Washington. That means Washington can sign an offer sheet with another team that would have to give up only a second-round draft choice if the Jets decline to match.

The decision didn't go over well with Washington's agent.

Alvin Keels tweeted "I expect there to be a market for Leon during free agency and would say his return to the Jets will be 50/50 at best at this point."

Keels is posturing for negotiations. But if he isn't bluffing, then there's reason for Jets fans to be anxious.

Washington's presence helped the Jets catapult Jones and his hefty contract from their roster. The Jets owned the NFL's top rushing attack in 2009, and they're confident Shonn Greene and Washington can help them proceed without Jones.

Washington is recovering from a broken leg, but Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan have said Washington should be ready for the start of the season.

Keels took it a step further, claiming his client will be full-go for training camp.

"He is ahead of schedule while rehabbing from his Week 7 injury," Keels tweeted. "He will be 100 percent healthy and ready for camp either in N.Y. or elsewhere."

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