Based on the latest rumblings, it doesn’t sound as if Leon Washington will show up for the Jets’ voluntary offseason conditioning program anytime soon.
Washington wasn’t present for the start of the workouts Monday, according to Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News. His agent, Alvin Keels, later tweeted that Washington will not sign his restricted free-agent tender and is “weighing his options.”
The Jets extended a second-round tender to Washington, who would be paid $1.759 million next season.
As Manish Mehta posted for The Star-Ledger, it’s likely too early to identify the level of Washington’s dissatisfaction. There could be a number of reasons for his absence, one being his ongoing rehabilitation from a horrific right leg injury. Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum told reporters last month at the NFL Scouting Combine that he expected Washington to be ready for the season, and Keels chimed in with a second tweet Monday that Washington’s rehab was “going great” and he was expected to be cleared for running in 10 to 14 days.
While Washington weighs his options, as Keels said, it’s difficult to imagine a big trade market for a player who’s coming off injury and would cost teams a second-round pick to sign. And with LaDainian Tomlinson in the fold, Washington appears to be on the outside looking in for now.