New England Patriots Sign Wide Receiver Nate Washington

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The New England Patriots have brought in veteran Wide Receiver Nate Washington to bolster their receiving core.  Washington is a veteran of 11 NFL seasons. Last year playing in Bill O’Brien’s offense in Houston as the number two wideout, Washington caught 47 balls for 658 yards and four scores.

Washington might not be the “it” name on the receiving market, but he does have a penchant for the big play. In his career, he has averaged 15.2 on 458 receptions. Washington’s best year came in 2011 with Tennessee where he caught 74 passes and had his only career 1,000-yard receiving year with 1,023 and seven scores.

The signing of Washington and Chris Hogan may spell the end of days for on for Danny Amendola. Amendola is scheduled to count for 6.8 million dollars against the salary cap this year. His base salary of five million dollars becomes guaranteed the night before the season starts.  Washington can play both inside and outside. The Patriots have a player who can stretch the field in Nate.  If Washington makes the team he will be the fourth or fifth option behind, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Marty Bennett and perhaps Dion Lewis.

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