Traylor played well without his counterpart, but had a nagging calf injury that hindered his performance.
Both players are getting up in football age and injuries to the lower part of their bodies are magnified because they carry additional weight.
The chances are one, if not both will not be with the team in 2003. GM Jerry Angelo signed neither player and he's got his eye on drafting some young talent on the interior of the defensive line.
A young tackle could learn from either Washington or Traylor, while splitting time in rotation that would also include Bryan Robinson.
The defensive line would quickly get younger with Alex Brown, who started 11 games as a rookie, and either Kennedy or Robertson. Phillip Daniels will be the team's left end and Robinson will play a role at both end and tackle.
This move is partially necessary because Alfonso Boone, signed to an extension by Angelo, played poorly after replacing Washington and was eventually delegated to a role of backup.