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Old 02-05-2009, 12:15 PM   #1
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Default Nate Washington and Free Agency

I just read that Nate Washington is coming up on free agency. It seemed that Washington was one of Ben's favorite deep threats, and came into his own as a third wideout.

So my question: do we let Nate go, or do we pay him???

What do you guys think?
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:17 PM   #2
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Default Re: Nate Washington and Free Agency

Sweeeeeed should be ready next year for #3 and I don't think they will pay Nate what he wants.
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:20 PM   #3
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Default Re: Nate Washington and Free Agency

Its always about the $$$$ with too many players.

Lets face it, most the top teams do not have a huge chunk of money in the cap. Do i start and play in Pitt, where the fans love me and could win a second ring, for less money.

Or go to somewhere lower down who will be crap for a few years, get lots of $$ and catches and maybe one day get a ring.

They always say the players you want are the ones that would play for your team for nothing...we shall see what sort of player he turns out to be!
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:21 PM   #4
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Default Re: Nate Washington and Free Agency

I really don't think Nate is going to get a Randel El type payday.

I noticed the difference between him and Ward and Holmes and Fitz during the Super Bowl.

Nate does Not Attack the Ball at its highest point. That deep pass that was Tipped away at the 2, if he attacks that pass, he may actually catch it. The Deep ball on the sidelines right before the 2 minute warning, he needed to jump and attack the ball.

Nate tends to try to allow the ball to fall into his hands, or into his stomach. He's made some great catches, but he isn't a clutch reciever and doesn't have the greatest hands. I don't know if Sweed is the answer, I'm leary of kids from Texas, they lack focus in my opinion (pot heads I think) but I don't think Nate is the kind of guy we put too much money into either.
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Default Re: Nate Washington and Free Agency

Washington is not worth spending any real money on. He's had four years to make a name for, and still all we're talking about is "potential." He makes some flashy plays here and there, but so does any other NFL-caliber wide receiver.

Basically, Washington is a #3 receiver who is easily replaced, and we may even have his replacement on the roster already. If he starts asking for #2 or #1 money, you've got to be kidding me. We'd be better off letting him walk.
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If another team wants to overpay for Nate Washington I won't lose much sleep over it.
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I say let him walk and bring in Fitzgerald to take over Ward's spot-- let Ward move to the third receiver and extend his career for another 3-5 years.

Of course, I am dreaming.
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Default Re: Nate Washington and Free Agency

I'm not sold yet on Nate as a starter. He's shown us some skills, but he's also had some big drops.

I know that the Rooneys will not overpay him. If they let him go then I'm ok with it.
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I saw footage of Nate right after Holmes' catch in the endzone and he was wearing a sling. He also didn't look excited that we won the Superbowl. Anyone also catch this?
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Nate is not ever going to be good enough to be our #2 or take over for Hines when he leaves. I think we need to keep looking at WR in the draft and let Nate walk. Sweed may or may not pan out. Only time will tell but Washington is not worth big bucks. We need to concentrate on Kemoeatu and Starks because we don't want to have to totally rebuild the Oline from scratch. Marvel Smith is as good as done.
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