Leon Washington's most impressive return

The Seattle Seahawks won't be letting return specialist Leon Washington hit the market after a sensational 2010 season.

Washington, who returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and nearly scored on a punt return, has reached a four-year, $12.5 million contract agreement to stay with the team, ESPN's John Clayton and Adam Schefter are reporting.

The deal rewards Washington for a remarkable comeback from the compound leg fracture he suffered with the New York Jets during the 2009 season. Under the circumstances, coming back to Seattle under a new contract featuring guaranteed money stands as Washington's most impressive return to date.

Washington provided immediate value in the return game. His two kickoff returns for touchdowns were critical to an early season victory against San Diego. Washington can also help as a running back, although he carried only 27 times last season.

Re-signing valued contributors makes additional sense amid the current labor uncertainty. Teams cannot be sure whether free agency will allow them to target specific needs. As a result, creating additional needs unnecessarily could carry additional risk.

The Seahawks now know they have a top-flight return specialist. They can head toward the draft feeling less pressure to find one there.

Leon Washington's Career Kickoff Return Stats