James Washington has been productive over his first three NFL seasons, enjoying a mini-breakout in 2019. However, he's never found a huge role in the Pittsburgh Steelers' crowded WR room, and has now officially requested a trade.
Several teams around the league should be lining up to trade for the talented former second-round pick. Here's three likely destinations for Washington if he's dealt.
James Washington Trade Rumors
3. Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions are exactly the type of team that could give Washington the role he's looking for. The departures of Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. have created a serious hole on the Lions' WR depth chart. Free-agent additions Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman, along with incumbent Quintez Cephus, aren't enough for Detroit to properly evaluate Jared Goff's long-term potential. Washington flashed his potential in 2019 by racking up 735 yards and 3 TDs on 44 receptions, and his numbers could explode as one of the Lions' main pass-catching options.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles are in a similar position. They don't appear to be sold on Jalen Hurts as their franchise QB just yet, but they also lack dynamic receiving weapons to really maximize his talent. Washington could immediately slot in as WR2/3 on a team in desperate need of a playmaker. DeVonta Smith will go through challenges as a rookie, and Jalen Reagor's first-year struggles may carry over to this season. Washington is coming off of a solid 2020 campaign where he turned 30 receptions into 392 yards and 5 TDs despite competing for looks. Philly should absolutely take a chance on the 25-year-old and see what he can do when featured prominently in the passing attack.
1. New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints' WR room has quickly deteriorated this offseason. Top wideout Michael Thomas recently had ankle surgery that could sideline him for up to four months. Deonte Harris is facing a likely suspension to begin the year stemming from a DUI, and now Tre'Quan Smith is banged up to begin training camp as well. The absence of Thomas will have the biggest impact, opening up the WR1 role with no clear replacement. Washington can step up fill part of that void, and he may shine in an elevated role. New Orleans would be setting up Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill to fail if they roll with their current receiving corps, so they'd be smart to address an area of need by landing a promising young wideout with something to prove.
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