ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting running back/kick return Leon Washington has signed a 4-year deal to remain in Seattle.
According to Schefter’s report, Washington signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract that could reach $16 million with incentives.
The Seahawks have not confirmed the report, but a deal is imminent.
Signing Washington was considered a priority of Seattle because of the significant role that he played as a return specialist. Coming off a a gruesome leg injury that ended his 2009 season, Seattle received Washington in a draft-day trade with the N.Y. Jets, and he made an immediate impact.
Washington finished with three kick returns for touchdowns during the regular season. He also had an 84-yard punt return against Carolina.
Washington also was a positive influence in the locker room, and judging from the number of years and amount of financial commitment by Seattle, look for Washington to have more or a role on the offensive side of the ball next season.