The OBR reported exclusively on Saturday that the Browns were in serious discussions with Washington which would continue through the weekend. Other exclusive reports on the Browns on-going negoations have already been reported on our premium forums.
Washington, a 14-year veteran of the NFL, has had plenty of time to get to know Browns head coach Romeo Crennel while at New England during the Pats 2003 championship season. Washington left the Patriots after 2003, and has played with the Oakland Raiders the past two seasons. He was cut earlier this week in a salary-cap related move by the Raiders.
Crennel's position as the Browns head coach had, again as we told our subscribers last evening, more than a small influence on Washington's decision.
"When you've been playing as long as long as Ted's been playing, you realize that there are more important things out there (than money)," Washington's agent, Angelo Wright, told The OBR.
"With (head coach) Romeo (Crennel) being there, and seeing the commitment he sees to winning now, it really was an easy choice for Ted. Their direction is toward winning, as you could see from (the signings) yesterday."
In addition to the Browns, Wright also told The OBR that the Ravens, Jets, Panthers and Dolphins had shown more than a little interest in his client.