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James Kelley Washington (born August 21, 1979 in ) is an American football wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.

Washington has also played for the New England Patriots.

Early years

Washington attended Sherando High Schoolmarker in Stephens City, Virginiamarker and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was a two-way starter as a quarterback and defensive back and as a senior he was an All-State selection. He twice led his team to the Virginia Class AA-Division 4 State Championship game, though the Warriors lost both times.

Baseball career

He was taken in the 10th round of the June 1997 baseball draft by the Florida Marlins and signed as a shortstop. Washington spent four years in the minors, often rooming with current star pitcher Josh Beckett.

College career

Washington spent two seasons at the University of Tennesseemarker. As a 22-year-old freshman in 2001, he caught 70 passes for 1080 yards and seven touchdowns and made the freshman All-American team.

Considered a lock to be a first-round pick if he left early, Washington stayed for his sophomore year but was limited to four games due to injuries. After missing the first two games of that 2002 season with a knee sprain, and suffered a concussion Oct. 12 at Georgia that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He underwent surgery on Nov. 19 to fuse two vertebrae in his neck.

He finished his two-year career with 93 catches for 1523 yards and eight touchdowns. He was an Arts and sciences major.

Professional career

New England Patriots

On March 11, 2007, Washington agreed to a five year deal with the New England Patriots, reuniting him with his college teammate and fellow wide receiver Donté Stallworth. The deal, with a $300,000 signing bonus and a $4-million bonus due in the 2008, could be worth as much as $22 million over five years. While Washington had not been used as a wide receiver by the Patriots, he had seen time on special teams, blocking a punt against the New York Jets. On February 29, 2008, Washington was re-signed by the Patriots under a new contract.

Washington was released by the Patriots on February 17, 2009. He visited the New York Jets on February 18, and the Buffalo Bills on February 24, continuing the cycle of players between AFC East teams.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens invited Washington to a offseason mini-camp to try-out for the team, competing against fellow veteran, free-agent receivers [[[Jerry Porter][233507]]] and Tab Perry. Washington outperformed Porter and Perry, and on May 14, 2009 Washington agreed to terms on a contract with the Ravens.. Washington officially signed a one-year contract with Baltimore Ravens on May 19, 2009.

References

  1. New England signs WR Kelley Washington
  2. Patriots release TE Kyle Brady
  3. http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/football/bal-sp.ravens14may14,0,2511315.story
  4. http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/football/bal-ravens518,0,615180.story


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