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Leon Washington released

Leon Washington

The addition of Percy Harvin in today’s trade with the Vikings has made Leon Washington expendable.

Despite being voted to the Pro Bowl as the NFC kick returner last season after leading the conference with a 29.0-yard average, Washington was released.

Washington, 30, was obtained in 2010 draft-day trade with the Jets. He returned three kickoffs for touchdowns that season and averaged 25.6 yards on 57 returns. Washington also averaged 11.3 yards returning punts in 2010 and 2011.

Last season, Washington returned the eighth kickoff of his career for a touchdown to tie the NFL’s all-time record.

Sensing that Harvin’s arrival would lead to his departure, Washington tweeted, “Seattle. It’s been Awesome A Ride. Got nothing bad 2 say about the Gr8 NW. 12th Man standup!!! Like always.”

Harvin averaged 27.9 yards on 114 kickoff returns in four seasons with the Vikings, and was averaging 35.9 yards last season before being sidelined with a high ankle sprain for the final seven games. He also has returned five kickoffs for touchdowns, the most of any player in the league since 2009.


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