The Seattle Seahawks saw little risk in sending the 139th choice in the 2010 NFL draft to the New York Jets for injured running back Leon Washington.
They could have drafted a running back — the Jets used the choice in question for fullback John Conner — or they could take their chances on Washington’s recovery from career-threatening compound leg fractures.
They took their chances and Washington rewarded them with 101- and 99-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns during a 27-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Week 3.
Washington needed only three games to rank first in Seahawks history for most touchdowns on kickoff returns (Josh Wilson, Nate Burleson, Maurice Morris, Charlie Rogers, Steve Broussard, Jon Vaughn, James Jefferson and Zachary Dixon had one apiece). Washington already owned the Jets’ record for most kickoffs returned for touchdowns. He’s the only player to hold that record for two franchises, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
The Seahawks have made more roster moves than any NFL team since last season. Coach Pete Carroll reflected on this one Monday.
“The obvious guy that shows up as a touchdown maker is Leon coming on board through the trade,” he said.