Kelley Washington trying out in Baltimore

OWINGS MILLS -- Veteran free agent wide receiver Kelley Washington is trying out for the Baltimore Ravens this week at their minicamp, according to his agent. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound former Cincinnati Bengals third-round draft pick also has a contract offer from the Washington Redskins after participating in their minicamp and is expected to make a decision next week.

"Kelley did a really good job at the Redskins' minicamp and they made him an offer, but he wants to visit Baltimore as well," said Chad Speck, Washington's agent, in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. "We're playing it by ear. It's just a matter of being patient and finding the right fit."

Washington, 29, was cut by the Patriots in February after catching just one pass for three yards last season in 10 games. In 2007, Washington signed a five-year deal with the Patriots with a maximum value of $22 million.

The Stephens City, Va., native has made free agent visits with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets and held discussions with the Chicago Bears and the Bengals, according to Speck.

Washington played for Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson in Cincinnati and was pursued by Miami as a free agent two years ago when Baltimore offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was the Dolphins' head coach.

With the Bengals, Washington posted 72 recepions for 893 yards and nine touchdowns in 44 games. In 2004, he caught a career-high 31 passes for 378 yards and three touchdowns.

Washington played in the minor leagues with the Florida Marlins for four seasons after being drafted in the 10th round.

At Tennessee, he caught 70 passes for 1,080 yards and seven touchdowns as freshman All-American. Multiple injuries, including a concussion and neck probles that required surgery to fuse two vertebrae, hurt his draft stock.


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