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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