Reaction to Raiders' Trade of Washington

Fabian Washington became expendable when the Raiders swung a deal to get two-time Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall, which is why the decision to trade the former first-round draft pick to the Baltimore Ravens comes as no surprise.

But Washington's fate was likely sealed two months ago when he was arrested for domestic battery.

Washington was traded to the Ravens on Sunday in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, which Oakland used to take wide receiver Arman Shields of Richmond. The Raiders also had the first pick of the fourth round and drafted cornerback/safety Tyvon Branch, who ran the fastest 40-time among defensive backs at the Scouting Combine.

Washington, the fastest player overall at the Combine in 2005, started 25 games during his first two seasons with the Raiders but had only three starts in 2007 when he lost his job to Stanford Routt. While there had been speculation Oakland might try to shop Washington in the offseason, it wasn't until he was arrested in February for allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend that Washington's fate with the team seemed certain.

To be fair to Washington, the domestic battery charges will be dropped if and when he completes an intervention course.

Washington's career seemed to peak during his rookie season and he was too undersized to use in the slot. Branch, a beast at 5-11 and 204 pounds, could likely fill that role while either Stuart Schweigert and Hiram Eugene will be the dime back.

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