Patriots Will Not Accept Kelley Washington’s Option:

According to Boston.com:

According to an NFL source, the Patriots have informed wide receiver Kelley Washington that they don’t plan to pick up the $4 million option bonus he was due as part of the five-year deal he signed last offseason. However, the team has expressed interest in bringing him back with a reworked deal. Washington didn’t catch a pass last season, but he was one of the Patriots’ top special teams players and recorded their first blocked punt since 1999 in a 20-10 win over the Jets Dec. 16. He received a $300,000 signing bonus last year, a $106,720 workout bonus, and made $600,000 in base salary. Under the terms of the five-year contract he signed last offseason, Washington is slated to make $900,000 in base salary in 2008 if the Patriots pick up the $4 million option bonus, triggering the remainder of the contract, which could have a total value of $22 million, factoring in escalators and $7 million in not-likely-to-be-earned incentives, over five years. If the Patriots don’t pay out the option bonus and the sides don’t reach an accord on another deal, Washington would become a free agent.

This was a pretty expected decision.  Washington’s $4 million bonus was far too much for a special teams player.  Hopefully the Patriots can rework a deal so he can stick with the team.

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4 Responses to Patriots Will Not Accept Kelley Washington’s Option:

  1. rak says:

    Zach thomas just got released, what do u think the chances the Pats scoop him up

  2. 26>7 says:

    I GUESS THEY COULD WIN 18 GAMES AGAIN & LOSE IN THE SUPERBOWL IF THEY GET HIM HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    PATSIES ARE THE ONLY TEAM EVER TO WIN 18 GAMES & NOT WIN THE SUPERBOWL HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    NY>NE

  3. Phil says:

    It’s too bad that Kraft is getting greedy by raising ticket prices. The Pat’s tickets are already the most expensive in the league. This self-proclaimed “man-of-the-people” is showing his true colors.

    Maybe he should start paying interest on the $10 – $20 million or so he is able to use from the waiting list members “reservation fees”. People on the waiting list now have to put up $100 per ticket to get to wait 10 years for season tickets to become available.

    So figure 50,000 people on the waiting list, each putting up $100 each for 4 tickets and Kraft has “free” money to use to the tune of $20,000,000

    I don’t know why the press isn’t jumping on this.

  4. Tom Brady's Bastard Child says:

    that’s some serious crap about them raising ticket prices. who do they think they are? don’t they realize that they are the biggest chokers in team sports history? and now they raise ticket prices? pure balls.

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