Tuesday, March 12, 2013
On Leon Washington's expected departure
By Mike Sando
All Leon Washington did since joining the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 was rank tied for the NFL lead with four kickoff returns for touchdowns.
The 30-year-old running back and returner revitalized his career in Seattle following a devastating knee injury suffered with the New York Jets. He set a career high by averaging 29.0 yards per kickoff return last season.
But with Percy Harvin's impending arrival via trade this week, the Seahawks were unlikely to pay the $2.5 million in salary and bonus money earmarked for Washington in 2013. That is why it came as no surprise Tuesday when Washington's verified Twitter account bid farewell to Seattle with a message reading:
The Seahawks have not announced Washington's release. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the team was planning to make the move.
Releasing Washington would reduce his contract's salary-cap footprint from $2.875 million to $750,000 for the coming season.
The $2.875 million figure represented $1.5 million in base salary plus $1 million in upcoming roster bonus plus one-fourth share of the $1.5 million signing bonus Washington received when he signed the four-year deal. The team already counted $375,000 of the signing bonus against each of the 2011 and 2012 caps. The scheduled $375,000 hits for 2013 and 2014 both count this year if Washington leaves the roster by release or trade, producing $750,000 in "dead" money, defined as cap charges for players no longer on the roster.