Leon Washington


Newest Jet, # 25, Joe McKnight (above).

The Jets have come to terms with 4th round pick and heir apparent to Leon Washington, USC’s RB Joe McKnight, on a 4 yr deal with $2.36 M.

McKnight was slated to receive a signing bonus slightly higher than $572,000 under the NFL slotting principle. He received the standard base salaries of $320,000, $405,000, $490,000 and $575,000.

Drafted 112th overall, McKnight rushed for 2,213 career yards at USC with 13 touchdowns and 66 catches for 542 yards.

He also returned 32 punts for 254 yards and two kickoffs for 50 yards.

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Jets-sign-Joe-McKnight-to-fouryear-236-million-deal.html

Glad to see McKnight signed.  We expect big things from him, and were thrilled the Jets selected him, whom Mike Mayock had as his 6th best back in the 2010 NFL draft.  We agree with Mayock, who feels the Jets got extreme value with this selection, who is also a buddy of QB Mark Sanchez.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/mcknight-is-no-mccluster-but/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/newest-jets-get-to-work-see-pics/

J-E-T-S!!!!!!!!!

–Crack

John Conner, fullback (above).

The New York Jets have signed Kentucky All-American fullback John Conner, who they selected with a 5th round choice in the 2010 draft, which they had acquired from Seattle in a trade for Leon Washington.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/jets-land-a-terminator-on-special-teams/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/leons-wife-takes-the-low-road-to-seattle/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/newest-jets-get-to-work-see-pics/

Conner signed a 4 year deal worth  $ 1.99 M, with $199,000 paid as an upfront bonus.  Conner is the 1st of the Jets 4 new draft picks to sign a contract with the team.

http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/articles/show/3708-fifth-round-fb-john-conner-signs

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

 

Leon Washington (above) finds daylight against the Bills.

In an uncharacteristically classless move from Leon Washington’s family, the former Jets star’s wife had this to say about the Jets on her twitter account yesterday:

Washington’s wife, Charity, was less diplomatic on Twitter, writing, “Good Luck paying the 20 people due contracts @ the end of the season. Lol. Thank You Jesus for getting us out of here.” Charity Washington made her Twitter account private later in the day after the media re-posted her scorching farewell to New York.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/2010/04/25/2010-04-25_jets_tell_leon_sea_you_later.html#ixzz0m87cnpWS

Let me get this straight.  Charity Washington is saying good luck to Woody Johnson about getting New York Jets players signed to contracts?  Because her husband turned down $20M and then broke his right leg?

The Jets have a good football team, and one of the only problems they’ve had in the last few years were with “me” guys out for more money.  Kerry Rhodes was one of them, and sending him to Arizona was addition by subtraction.  Thomas Jones was one of them and Leon Washington was the other.  Now that they are gone, the Jets have 53 guys who are glad to be there, glad to make what they make, and aren’t malcontents.

Hey Charity?  You have fun in Seattle on a 4 win team and leave worrying about Woody Johnson’s checkbook to us.

Thanks,

Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Above is Leon Washington, while still a Jet, being tackled by Jason Taylor, who is now a Jet.

Leon Washington, a heart and soul player who has become one of the most popular Jets of all time in his 4 years with the team, was traded this morning by the Jets, along with a 7th round draft choice, for the Seattle Seahawks 5th round pick, full back John Conner from Kentucky.

The Jets, in an untenable situation with Washington because of his broken leg, and due to the outrageous demands of his new agent, Alvin Keels, fast forwarded to the inevitable with today’s trade of Washington, the best kickoff returner in Jet history.  Washington was also an important running back for the Jets, especially in his first year with the club, when the unheralded 4th round choice out of FSU, acquired from Kansas City for Herm Edwards, handled much of the feature back responsibilities, starting 8 games.

Memorably, Leon took a pass from Chad Pennington in the flat against the Dolphins on Christmas night in the 4th quarter, and scampered 64 yards on a rain sloshed field, setting up the win, and a trip to the playoffs in Eric Mangini’s 1st season as coach.  Leon’s offensive stats below:

Career Stats more
Season Team   Rushing Receiving Fumbles
G GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2009 New York Jets 7 0 72 331 4.6 33 0 15 131 8.7 33 0 1 1
2008 New York Jets 16 1 76 448 5.9 61T 6 47 355 7.6 40 2 3 2
2007 New York Jets 16 4 71 353 5.0 49 3 36 213 5.9 18 0 4 2
2006 New York Jets 16 8 151 650 4.3 23 4 25 270 10.8 64 0 3 1
TOTAL 370 1,782 4.8 61 13 123 969 7.9 64 2 11 6
Leon was also a prolific special teams player for the Jets.  Check out his stats on special teams:
Punt Returns Kick Returns  
  Age Tm Pos No. G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
2006 24 NYJ RB 29 16 8 13 97 0 38 7.5 6 79 0 23 13.2 1096
2007 25 NYJ RET 29 16 4 20 183 0 33 9.2 47 1291 3 98 27.5 2040
2008*+ 26 NYJ RET 29 16 1 29 303 0 37 10.4 48 1231 1 94 25.6 2337
2009 27 NYJ   29 7 0 2 16 0 12 8.0 16 385 0 43 24.1 863
Career         55 13 64 599 0 38 9.4 117 2986 4 98 25.5 6336
Washington had 3 kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2007, and was an all pro selection in 2008.  Leon Washington gained over 2300 all purpose yards in 2007 and over 2000 all purpose yards in 2008, giving him nearly 4,400 all purpose yards in 2007-08.  Washington was also voted the Special Teams Player of the week for week 11 of the 2008 season.
Washington ran a 4.42/40 yd dash at the NFL Combine in 2006, the same time listed for Joe KcKnight, the RB the Jets drafted today, which was the last link in a chain of events that sent our beloved little Leon to Seattle.  While we love Leon to death, we have always understood that football is a young, healthy man’s game.  It will be very hard to imagine McKnight becoming the All Pro, and all purpose yards leader that Leon was, but we are still excited about adding McKnight, who joins a team far more complete than the Jets teams Leon Washington played for.
 
We wish Leon the best and thank him for an outstanding career as a New York Jet.

Newest Jet home run threat, RB/Returner Joe McKnight.

Joe McKnight  #4  RB
 
2009 STATS
ATTEMPTS YARDS TOUCHDOWNS
164 1,014 8
CAREER STATS
ATTEMPTS YARDS TOUCHDOWNS
347 2,213 13

Birth Date April 16, 1988
Hometown RIVER RIDGE, LA
Height 6-0
Weight 190 lbs.

Age 22
Class Junior

ProfileStatsGame Log

Stats Overview Rushing Receiving Fumbles
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 94 540 5.7 65 3 23 203 8.8 32 1 0 0
2008 89 659 7.4 55 2 21 193 9.2 32 1 0 0
2009 164 1014 6.2 54 8 22 146 6.6 24 0 0 0
2009 Regular Season Game Log Rushing Receiving Fumbles
DATE OPP RESULT   ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
9/5 San Jose State W 56-3 14 145 10.4 54 2 1 21 21.0 21 0 0 0
9/12 @Ohio State W 18-15 16 60 3.8 11 0 2 45 22.5 24 0 0 0
9/19 @Washington L 16-13 11 100 9.1 34 1 3 6 2.0 14 0 0 0
9/26 Washington State W 27-6 6 49 8.2 21 1 2 9 4.5 6 0 0 0
10/3 @California W 30-3 20 119 6.0 38 2 3 12 4.0 9 0 0 0
10/17 @Notre Dame W 34-27 19 79 4.2 25 1 1 8 8.0 8 0 0 0
10/24 Oregon State W 42-36 11 65 5.9 11 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/31 @Oregon L 47-20 15 95 6.3 26 0 3 23 7.7 13 0 0 0
11/7 @Arizona State W 14-9 15 78 5.2 18 0 2 3 1.5 2 0 0 0
11/14 Stanford L 55-21 16 142 8.9 51 1 3 11 3.7 6 0 0 0
11/28 UCLA W 28-7 12 47 3.9 12 0 1 -4 -4.0 0 0 0 0
12/5 Arizona L 21-17 9 35 3.9 10 0 1 12 12.0 12 0 0 0

In a statement about what the team feels about new change of pace back Joe McKnight, and probably what they feel about Leon Washington’s agent Alvin McKeels, now locked in contentious negotiations regarding Leon Washington for more than a year, the Jets sent Washington to Seattle today, just minutes after selecting McKnight #113 overall.

In the trade, the Jets received Seattle’s 5th round choice for Washington, and the Jets 7th round selection in today’s portion of the draft.  McKnight played in a pro style offense at USC, and ran a 4.4/40 yard dash at the combine, but has been clocked closer to a 4.3 at some of his other recorded times.  McKnight scored 8 touchdowns in his junior season at USC and had two 2 touchdown games. 

McKnight is leaving USC as a junior, and just turned 22 last week.  Also, he did not fumble or lose a fumble in 2009.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)