Veteran receiver visits One Bills Drive

Fred Taylor wasn't the only free agent in Buffalo Tuesday. Kelley Washington also stopped by. Buried on the depth chart, Washington was cut by New England. His best season came in 2004 for Cincinnati when he had 31 catches for 378 yards and three touchdowns. Here's what he had to say...

On his visit with the Bills:

It's been great. I'm just touring the facility, meeting the staff and just kind of getting a feel of what they're looking for in me as a player and what I can offer to the organization. It's all part of free agency and this is one of the teams I'm interested in coming to and being a part of the organization. So it's definitely a good experience for me.

On being able to contribute to the Bills:

You just look at the roster, some of the receivers. I feel that I bring a different style of a receiver than what is here. And also being a core special team's player in New England, and knowing that the Bills have always had a great special teams core group here, it would be a great addition to have another core special teamer here with the team. I'm just looking for a place where I can go contribute offensively, as well as on special teams. This is one of the places that has that opportunity.

On what kind of receiver he is:

I'm just a bigger-style receiver who can run down the field and that's just something I've always kind of been, just a bigger-style receiver that can run and make plays after the catch. I'm just looking for a team where I can go in and contribute offensively and here they have Lee Evans and Josh Reed, guys who are talented players, might not be as big or as physical, but again, they're good receivers. But I think I bring a different dimension to the offense. As I look at teams where I potentially want to go, the Bills organization is definitely a team to where I'm looking to possibly join.

On being a part of the Bengals a few years ago, and seeing similarities between them then and the Bills today:

Both of the organizations, both of the teams had good quarterbacks. They were young quarterbacks who just had a lot of ability. I know in Cincinnati, we had Chad Johnson and T.J. (Houshmandzadeh) and here you have Lee Evans, Josh Reed, Roscoe (Parrish) and guys who can make plays and I think you just have to build a supporting cast around them. I think I'm one of those players who is just going to do anything to help the team win. A player who comes to work every day, and that's what I've always done, and I think that somewhere like here that I could just bring a lot to the team as far as playing on a team that went to the Super Bowl and just bring a lot of professionalism. And a lot of play-making ability, offensively and on the special teams side of the ball.

On if playing in Buffalo before has made him accustomed to the atmosphere:

Definitely, just because I've played against the Bills for several years, while in Cincinnati and also with New England, I just know the type of atmosphere here. They love their Bills and that's the type of atmosphere you enjoy playing in and, as you know, as an athlete this is what you want to be a part of.

On what he has seen from Bills QB Trent Edwards:

He's a young quarterback who is hungry to win and is very talented. Just building the supporting cast around him, I think he really can be an elite quarterback in the league. I think what he's done so far just shows that he's got the talent to be one.

On if he has any other teams in mind, and what will be the deciding factor for him:

I've got several teams lined up. A lot of teams have showed interest and that's a good thing. I'm just making my rounds in free agency and getting into the best fit for me as far as being a player. And that's what free agency is all about.


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