Patriots sign Nate Washington

Former Houston Texans starting wide receiver Nate Washington officially joined the New England Patriots, signing a one-year contract Thursday. Washington had previously visited the Patriots. The Texans expressed some preliminary interest this offseason in potentially bringing him back after his one-year, $1.005 million contract expired. Washington caught 47 passes for 658 yards and four touchdowns last season. Washington, 32, has caught 458 career passes for 6,954 yards and 44 touchdowns in 11 NFL seasons. Washington has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans. Washington's leadership was instrumental in the locker room, but he did deal with some injuries and dropped passes last season. Overall, Washington was productive in his one season with the AFC South champions. He still runs well and averaged 14 yards per reception working in tandem with Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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