The 2-5 Titans are considering all options as the trade deadline closes in and they could be poised to make a move. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (video link) hears that the Titans are open to moving some of their higher-priced veterans and they’re getting calls on wide receiver Nate Washington.
Washington, 31, broke into the league with the Steelers as a UDFA before leaving for Tennessee following the 2008 season. In a league where players usually don’t get to finish out their contracts, Washington is in the final year of his six-year, $26.8MM deal. The backloaded contract has Washington earning $4.8MM this season, a little more than the deal’s average annual value.
The Titans probably had higher hopes for the 6’1″ receiver upon signing him. His best season came in 2011 when he hauled in 74 catches for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns, but he hasn’t been quite as productive in the last two years and change. Still, Washington is a proven commodity and a regular starter that has eight consecutive 16-game seasons to his credit and could be on his way to a ninth.
Rapoport doesn’t mention specific clubs with interest in Washington but it sounds like there are multiple suitors out there for him. So far this year, Washington has 169 yards off of 13 receptions.