Not knowing your NFL future can be a tough fate for players who are on the bubble to be back due to their salary or the fact they may be on the verge of being replaced.
That’s what’s facing Titans WR Nate Washington, who still is unsure if he will be able to return to Tennessee in 2014, most likely not unless he takes a pay cut.
Washington is set to make $4.8 million in 2014, a season that could see him reunite with Ken Whisenhunt, his former OC when he was a young WR with the Steelers.
“I think he loves me and I love that guy,” Washington said, via the Tennessean about his new coach.
“But it’s a business. Could he sit here today and tell you he’s going to get rid of me? I’m pretty sure he couldn’t. And I could never sit here and tell you that I’m gone. At the end of the day, I love coach Whisenhunt and I love the Titans. I feel the same amount of love coming back from the Titans and the city.
So whatever [the future] brings, it brings. But I will guarantee that my preparation for the city and this season will be there.”
Is there room for Washington on a Titans team with young hungry WR’s like Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter?
That’s a big question, and one that may have to be answered by Washington and his hefty salary. Last season he pulled in 58 passes for 919 yards and three touchdowns, not huge numbers, but he brings a solid veteran presence to a young team.
For now, Washington’s future with the Titans remains up in the air.
It’s a fate he hopes will be determined sooner rather than later so he can get back to work getting set for the 2014 campaign.