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Washington & Yates cut

Posted by Mike Reiss, Globe Staff February 17, 2009 06:30 PM

The Patriots released WR Kelley Washington and C/G Billy Yates today.

Washington, 29, has primarily been a special teams contributor in each of the last two seasons since signing with the Patriots.

Yates, 28, has been a valuable reserve at center and guard, filling in as a starter in seven games in 2008.

Both players were entering the final year of their contracts.

Washington was scheduled to earn $800,000, with a $57,000 workout bonus. His salary cap charge was $1.08 million.

Yates was scheduled to earn $650,000, with a $32,000 workout bonus. He did have an escalator in his contract that could have upped his salary by another $200,000. Not counting the escalator, his salary cap charge was $790,600.

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15 comments so far...
  1. I can see letting Washington go, but Yates? His cap numbers aren't big and he stepped up when we needed him...I only hope this is in preparation for a big contract for Wilfork.

    Posted by Leslie February 17, 09 06:56 PM
  1. Washington surprises me. He was good at S.T.. I can only guess he had large cap number and Pats are looking to save some bucks with Cassel tying up major $s.

    Posted by G February 17, 09 07:03 PM
  1. it seems cassel isnt gonna go for a while,and the pats need to free up some cap space to do what they need to through the draft,and free agency.

    Posted by Darryl February 17, 09 07:32 PM
  1. It was either Washington of Aiken, and Aiken actually caught some passes last year on top of being less of a cap hit.

    Yates is surprising, but maybe the Pats have their sites set on another OG in FA?

    Posted by Andy M February 17, 09 07:39 PM
  1. Washington took a lesser special teams role and worked hard at it

    then he gets cut

    I'd be pissed if I was him

    Posted by gick February 17, 09 08:43 PM
  1. I am surprised with the Washington cut. He was a good special teams player. Looks like the Pats are in the hunt for another "value" receiver/special teams player. I would be interested to see who it is.

    Posted by Al Franken February 17, 09 09:21 PM
  1. Did you watch Yates last year? Probably the worst player on the Patriots.

    Washington was far worse last year than in 2007 and has injury issues.

    The money saved can get one player that will be far more beneficial than these two combined.

    Posted by Ryan February 17, 09 09:29 PM
  1. Yates is surprising to me, especially in light of all the OL free agents coming up over the next couple of years. He's a solid backup who has proven he can step in and start when needed, and he wasn't all that costly.

    Washington, on the other hand, was an overpaid special teamer who, at best, was disappointing at WR. He won't be missed.

    Posted by Ritchie February 17, 09 09:30 PM
  1. This is some BULL!!! man Kelley Washington is fire!! he didnt make any catches because the gay ass oc didn't put him in there. when he was in cincy he was fire. so what changed?? nothing! the pats auggta be ashamed of there selves. they need to cut slater a** for dropping that ball playing the steelers. that ho need to kill his self. if any WR needs to be cut its him! and Kelley is a bit taller than akien. and to me akien sucks. he is slow as f***!

    Posted by Deven February 17, 09 11:11 PM
  1. Yates really wasn't very good, IMO. I think Hochstein pulled ahead as the better player (who also isn't great, but he did well as a lead blocker, huh?). I actually would have thought Britt would be the guy to go. I'll be interested to see if they try to convert one of their tackles to guard. Levoir did a reasonable job this year, and O'Callaghan will be coming back from injury. IIRC, in minicamps last year, Mike reported that Kaczur was working at RG with O'Callaghan at RT I think...

    Posted by MarkZ February 17, 09 11:35 PM
  1. Washjington, for me, was a disappointment. I thought that, when the Pats picked him up, that he would become the player that he was thought to be when he was first drafted. Too bad. But, as ANDY M said here, in his comment, Aiken actually had some pretty good moments.

    Yates being cut was inevitible. He had some really bad moments.

    Posted by Mike Allen February 18, 09 12:51 AM
  1. The Pats need a RG and hopefully will draft one day 1 . Neal has been hurt alot lately. It's a good sign that the Pats Front Office is functional.

    Posted by G. Raab February 18, 09 08:07 AM
  1. Their own draft picks are usually going to win out, all things considered. You might see one or both of them back at some point after Cassell is traded.

    Posted by ATLpatsFan February 18, 09 10:47 AM
  1. No surprises here - Aiken is clearly ready to make the next step, and so Washington became expendable. Yates was simply terrible.

    Posted by Odumba the Clown February 18, 09 06:41 PM
  1. I hope this means that Hochstein is more likely to be retained. I don't see a lot of love for him here, but he's been with the team several years now, and has done a very good job of backing up the interior of the line since the first Super Bowl victory.

    Posted by Dan U February 18, 09 09:44 PM
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