The Patriots ranked 25th in kick return average last season. Leon Washington, one of the game's best kick returners, was a free agent. Sounds like a match to me, and on Thursday, the two sides came to an agreement on a one-year deal. Washington, who will turn 31 in August, averaged 29 yards per kick return last season, the second-best mark in the league. The Patriots averaged 21.2 yards as a team.
Obviously, the move fills a need for the Pats. However, unless you in a return-yardage league, Washington has zero fantasy value. His days of being an effective change-of-pace running back are all but over. He got just 23 carries last year with the Seahawks, and even if the Patriots don't re-sign Danny Woodhead, they have Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen to accomplish whatever is needed out of that backfield.