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Leon Washington can be part of trade package only after signing his tender

There are rumors flying in the wake of the trade that sent receiver Santonio Holmes from the Steelers to the Jets that the compensation package includes both a fifth-round draft pick and running back Leon Washington.

Though we’re not yet prepared to declare with 100 percent certainty that this rumor is off the mark, it’s highly unlikely that Washington would be part of the deal. In order to be traded, Washington must first sign his restricted free agency tender offer. Given the apparent speed with which this deal transpired, it’s unlikely that Washington inked the deal before the Steelers and the Jets worked out their trade.

That said, it’s possible that the Jets and Steelers have a wink-nod baseball-style “future considerations” arrangement, whereby Washington will be shipped to Pittsburgh at a later date.

Possible, but not likely.