Kick returner Leon Washington agrees to 1-year deal with Patriots
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Kick returner Leon Washington agrees to 1-year deal with Patriots

The Patriots ranked 25th in kick return average last season. Leon Washington, one of the game's best kick returners, was a free agent. Sounds like a match to me, and on Thursday, the two sides came to an agreement on a one-year deal. Washington, who will turn 31 in August, averaged 29 yards per kick return last season, the second-best mark in the league. The Patriots averaged 21.2 yards as a team.

Fantasy Analysis:

Obviously, the move fills a need for the Pats. However, unless you in a return-yardage league, Washington has zero fantasy value. His days of being an effective change-of-pace running back are all but over. He got just 23 carries last year with the Seahawks, and even if the Patriots don't re-sign Danny Woodhead, they have Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen to accomplish whatever is needed out of that backfield.

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I have played fantasy sports since 2001. I've played mostly in fantasy football and baseball leagues. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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