Leon Washington will spend his first day as a Seahawk fishing with former and now current teammate Chris Baker.
Say what? Washington, a running back and kick returner who played the past four seasons with the New York Jets, was traded to the Seahawks this morning. But he already had a fishing trip off the coast of Long Island scheduled with Baker, a former tight end for the Jets who signed with the Seahawks in free agency last month.
“Chris is a good friend of mine,” Washington said during a conference-call interview. “He’s actually a buddy who I’m fishing with right now.
“I was like, ‘Dude, we’re teammates now.”
And the Baker-supplied scouting report on life with the Seahawks and new coach Pete Carroll has Washington taking the bait.
“Chris told me that I would be very pleased about Seattle,” Washington said. “Everybody out there is great, and it’s a great organization. They’re looking to get back on track and return to a winning tradition. I’m just happy I have a chance to be a part of that.”
Washington then paused before adding, “It’s kind of weird. We’re teammates now, and we’re fishing together.”