New Seattle Seahawks running back Leon Washington said he was actually getting ready for a fishing trip off the coast of Long Island with former N.Y. Jets teammate tight end Chris Baker, now with Seattle, when he heard about the trade that has him now with the Seahawks.
“It’s kind of weird,” Washington said. “I was like, ‘Dude, we’re teammates now.’ So he told me I’d be very pleased about Seattle. He said everybody out there is great, and they’re a good organization looking to get back on track, and get back to a winning tradition. And I’m just happy to be a part of that.”
Washington, who signed his one-year, $1.76 million, second-round tender as a restricted free agent with the Jets a week before the draft, understood there was a chance he would be dealt this week.
“I sat down with the Jets and they told me there were no guarantees in this business,” Washington said. “They told me if the phone possibly rang it would be a possibility. I didn’t expect it, but I knew it was a possibility. So like I said before, its’ a great opportunity.”
Washington said he has not talked about getting a new contract with Seattle.
“It hasn’t been discussed yet,” he said. “Right now my focus is on just getting back healthy 100 percent, getting on the football field and contributing and trying to win football games. That’s my main focus. And when I do that, everything else off of the football field will take care of itself.”
Washington said his broken leg is healing fine and he expects to be ready for training camp.
“I’ve been running the past month of so,” he said. “It’s going great. I’m right on track. I’ve been working extremely hard ever since I got injured. Physically I feel great.”
He joins a crowded backfield in Seattle with the addition of LenDale White joining Julius Jones, Justin Forsett, Quinton Ganther and Louis Rankin.
“My main role is to come in and help this team the best I an, whether returning kicks, catching the ball or running the ball,” he said. “I’m going to over-emphasize that it is all about the team. You cannot win without being a team player.”