Free agent wide receiver Kelly Washington (Bengals) agreed to terms with the New England Patriots today according to his agent. Reports indicate it is a five-year deal worth up to $22 million, with a $300,000 signing bonus and a $4 million option in 2008.
A part-time contributor to the offense for the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington fought injuries the past two seasons in an attempt to see more action on the field. Fourth on the depth chart behind Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chris Henry, Washington had few opportunities to be the go to receiver scouts predicted he could be coming out of Tennessee.
|Kelley Washington #87 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball after a reception and is tackled by Nate Clements #22 of the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2005 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bills won 37-27. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)|
New England signed three free agents to the roster in 2006 in Doug Gabriel, Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney. Only Caldwell was on the roster at the beginning of the year. By joining the Patriots, Washington has an opportunity to move up the depth chart.
The 6-foot-3, 218-pound receiver has 72 regular season career receptions for 893 yards and nine touchdowns in his four-year career in Cincinnati.
Washington, 27, was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft, 65th overall. He also visited the Miami Dolphins, but elected to sign with New England instead.