Per ESPN’s Field Yates, the Saints released veteran wide receiver James Washington from their roster. The NFC South club signed Washington back in May, and he saw two targets in their preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday (no catches).
The Steelers drafted Washington in the second round (60th overall) back in 2018. There was hope that he would emerge as a star following Antonio Brown’s departure in 2019, and Washington showed promise with 735 yards as a sophomore.
But he was never able to come anywhere close to those numbers again, and the Steelers opted not to bring him back after the 2021 campaign. Washington eventually signed with the Cowboys but appeared in just two games because of a foot injury.
After signing ex-Las Vegas Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr, the Saints’ front office went to work in addressing the supporting cast. They brought back 2019 Offensive Player of the Year Michael Thomas on a restructured deal and signed 2022 rushing touchdowns leader Jamaal Williams to complement Alvin Kamara in the backfield.
Carr will also have 1,000-yard receiver Chris Olave, tight end Juwan Johnson and sophomore WR Rashid Shaheed, who had 488 receiving yards in 12 games last season.
The Saints, coming off their first losing season since 2016, will open their 2023 campaign against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 10.
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