Nate Washington evades Falcons defenders on his way to a touchdown for the Titans. Courtesy: TitansOnline. com

Tennessee Titans: Keeping Nate Washington Should Be A Priority

Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington (85) greets fans after a game against the New York Jets at LP Field. The Titans beat the Jets 14-10. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

In the early stages of free agency there was widespread speculation that the Tennessee Titans were looking to cut ties with veteran wideout Nate Washington. The 29 year old is due $4.2 million in the 2013 season, and some feel that would be over-paying the versatile receiver.

With most high profile receivers finding new destinations through the free agency period, there isn’t much for the Titans to look at, although they’ve brought both Kevin Walter and Brandon Stokley in for a look.

Washington has easily been the Titans best receiver over the past two seasons with the best season of his career coming in 2011 when he set career highs in receptions (74), yards (1023), and touchdowns (7). While he wasn’t able to offer similar production last season, his 16.2 yards per catch was only bettered by 4 receivers in the top 50.

Kenny Britt showed glimpses of returning to full fitness last season, but injury concerns as well as his ability to play a full 16-game season will always remain. The rookie Kendall Wright figures to be a solid pass catching machine, however, he’ll want to improve on his 9.8 yards per catch. With tight end Jared Cook leaving Tennessee to reunite with head coach Jeff Fisher in St. Louis, the Titans arguably lost their most explosive option to consistently get deep in opposing teams secondaries.

Losing Washington would not only mean that the Titans will be missing a mentor for a relatively young and inexperienced group of wide receivers, but also a sure-handed receiver with the versatility to run all routes and stretch the field.

The Titans need to keep Washington.




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  • josh gunnels

    They are moving to a more run based offense (it would seem). But there is no reason to go backwards with talent on the field right now. Munchak and compnay are going to sink or swim with Jake Locker, and Locker needs Washington.

    Without needing to free up more money for a big signing, I don’t see why they would cut him.

  • David Fleming

    Gotta keep him for 2013. If Britt isn’t healthy and we lose Nate, then Damian Williams becomes an immediate starter. Even floating Washington’s name out there showed a lapse in judgment by management. You know he’s thin-skinned, so you better have a trade partner if he gets wind of it. Hope this is resolved before training camp.

    • Justin Stewart

      Yeah. I don’t know why they shopped their most consistent WR. They keep looking at WR’s too. Somebody’s head has to be on the line. Way too many WR’s on the roster right now to be shopping around and not have an idea of who you’re going to axe.

      Maybe the Titans try to trade Washington again during the draft. Certainly wouldn’t rule it out.

      • David Fleming

        I hope they don’t do something stupid and draft Corrdarelle Patterson at #10. I really don’t think they would consider it, but if Britt isn’t resigned after 2013 and Nate Wash is released, poor Kendall will be all alone out there.

        • Justin Stewart

          Ha ha. Well they haven’t brought Patterson in for a visit, but if they are thinking about him, they could just be waiting. Still have a month until the draft.

          And Britt has a lot to do in 2013 if he wants a new contract in 2014.

        • Joshua Huffman

          Yeah… too many solid WRs available later in the draft. Patterson isn’t even a sure thing. Taking him at No. 10 would be nuts.

          • josh gunnels

            Thank God some one else has a brain! Thank you Joshua!

        • josh gunnels

          You must be trying to butter me up! Couldn’t agree more.

  • Cedric Lawson


    • Justin Stewart

      I think Wright is going to be pretty solid, but Nate has been consistently great. Don’t know how they couldn’t make better use of him this last year.

  • Cedric Lawson

    Pass a little more to open up the run and why hasn’t Washington became a #1 receiver #Keephim