Despite not having a new contract, RB Leon Washington returned to the Jets today after a 3 week absence. (JetsInsider.com Photo)
Less than a week after disgruntaled Pro Bowl RB Thomas Jones returned to the team without a new contract, his tag team partner Leon Washington followed by reporting to OTA's on Monday after a three week absence.
The move was announced by the Jets via Twitter early Monday and soon after, Washington's agent Alvin Keels followed with his own Twitter entry around 10AM.
"Leon Washington has decided to return to off-season workouts while we continue to work on a contract extension for him. A move of good faith."
No word if contract extension talks have progressed but Keels added another entry soon after saying that they were hopeful a deal could be reached.
"Leon is excited about finishing the off-season program off strong and is very much "hopeful" that we can come to terms on a fair market deal," said Keels via Twitter.
Washington is in the final year of his rookie contract which pays him a little over a half millon dollars which is vastly low for a player with his various talents and production. He's reportedly looking for a multi year extension in the 5-6 million dollar range per year.
The team is in the final week of OTA's and then has one final mandatory full team minicamp on June 9-11 before starting training camp on July 31 in Cortland, NY.
The team also made a roster move on Monday by releasing Brannan Southerland, a rookie FA FB out of Georgia.