It only seems fitting that Donnell Washington would land in Oakland, where most castoffs in the National Football League usually do. The Raiders signed Washington to a free agent contract on Tuesday after he was discarded earlier this month by the Green Bay Packers.
Washington, who reported to Green Bay's post-draft mini-camp out of shape, was released by the Packers on June 9. The defensive tackle was not allowed to participate in the post-draft mini-camp by coach Mike McCarthy because he weighed far more than his listed weight of 328 pounds. Washington took part in the May 19-21 mini-camp and some of the Organized Team Activities practices before he was released.
Washington, 25, never played in a game for the Packers since he was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by Green Bay in 2004. Then-general manager and coach Mike Sherman actually traded third- and fourth-round choices in the the draft to move up 14 spots to select Washington.
But Washington was sidelined for the season as a rookie with a foot/arch injury. He suited up for just one game, Nov. 13 at Atlanta, last year but did not play.
Washington reportedly earned $1.245 million in bonuses and base salaries during his two seasons in Green Bay.