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Former Warrior becomes an Eagle: Washington signs one-year contract with Philadelphia

By Tommy Keeler Jr. - tkeeler@nvdaily.com

Kelley Washington has found a new home.

The Sherando graduate signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. It's the fourth different team Washington has played for in his eight-year career.

Washington, who played last season with the Baltimore Ravens, had a tryout on Thursday with the Eagles. Philadelphia offered him a contract after the tryout, according to the team's web site.

Last year Washington had his most successful season as a wide receiver. He caught 34 passes for 431 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens.

Washington, who played college football at the University of Tennessee, was drafted in 2003 by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round.

He played with the Bengals for four seasons. Washington caught 72 passes during his four-year stint with the Bengals for 893 yards and nine TDs.

Washington then played with the New England Patriots in 2007 and 2008. He mostly played on special teams for New England.

In 2007, Washington was a big part of the Patriots' special teams as New England went 16-0 in the regular season before losing to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.

Last year he signed with the Baltimore Ravens and played in 15 games.

Washington could see time at both wide receiver and special teams for the Eagles.

Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said he is happy to have Washington on the team.

"Kelley's a wide receiver, great special teams player, good inside receiver," Reid says in a press release. "He should strengthen that receiving corps just another notch or two. He'll compete for a spot.

"He might be similar in some places to some of the guys we have ... A couple years ago he was one of the best [special teams players] in the league. He's a good inside receiver, very physical, big, strong guy ... [and] he's a good run blocker."

The Eagles receiving corps is led by DeSean Jackson. Jason Avant and Jeremy Macklin also put up solid numbers for the team last season. However, the Eagles will have a new starting quarterback this season with veteran Donovan McNabb having been traded to the Washington Redskins in the offseason. Kevin Kolb is expected to be the starter this year.

Washington and his agent Chad Speck did not return messages from the Northern Virginia Daily on Sunday.


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