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Sunday, March 1, 2009
Washington in talks with Tennessee

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here is an interesting development with free agent receiver Nate Washington: The former Pittsburgh Steeler is in Nashville today and having discussions with the Tennessee Titans.

Washington told the AFC North blog during Super Bowl week that it would be hard for him to leave the Steelers. But, to my knowledge, Pittsburgh has not made a push to keep Washington during the first 48 hours of free agency.

It's possible the Steelers are letting Washington test the market before opening the door for him to return. On the flip side, Pittsburgh did invest a second-round pick in Limas Sweed last year and may feel he's ready to step into the No. 3 receiver role.

Washington and the Titans seem like a good fit. After covering Washington a lot this season, I think playing for a winner will play a factor for him. Tennessee, which can use receiver help, could provide a good scenario where Washington gets the type of money he's searching for while also playing for a playoff contender.