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April 24, 2010 at 10:39 AM

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Leon Washington: "I was stoked. It's a great opportunity."

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Leon Washington planned a fishing trip for Saturday afternoon with Chris Baker, his friend and former teammate with the Jets.

He didn't know at the time they would be future teammates.

Washington was traded to Seattle Saturday morning, joining the Seahawks where Baker signed as a free agent this offseason.

"It's kind of weird, right?" Washington said in a conference call with Seattle reporters. "We're teammates so we're fishing together."

The trip was scheduled for 3:30 Eastern, and the pair were going to head off the coast of Long Island to fish for striper bass.

The Seahawks acquired Washington, a versatile back on a short-term deal who is coming off a serious injury to his right leg. He played seven games before suffering a broken tibia and fibula, and had a rod inserted.

"That's going to be in there forever so at least I know I can't break that leg again," Washington said.

Where is he at in his recovery?

"My training, rehab is going really well," Washington said. "I have been running the past month or so. Almost a month, a little over three weeks. It's going great. I'm right on track, been working extremely hard ever since I got injured. Physically, I feel great. I just look forward to getting out there, and having a fresh new start."

Washington was a restricted free agent this offseason, tendered at a second-round level. When he signed the one-year qualifying offer with the Jets, he knew there was a possibility he could be traded.

"I didn't expect it, but I knew it was a possibility," Washington said.

Washington is on a one-year contract that will pay him $1.759 million. He said there has not been any discussion of an extension or larger contract.

"Right now, my focus is on just getting healthy, back healthy, 100 percent," Washington said. "Getting on the football field and contributing and trying to win football games. That's my main focus, and then when I do that, everything else off the field will take care of itself. I'm just excited about the opportunity that I have."

He is a versatile back, who caught 47 passes in 2008. In 2007, he returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.

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