The Washington Times - May 3, 2009, 03:47PM

Veteran receiver Kelley Washington is mulling contract offer from Redskins.

While young, big receivers Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas were nursing injuries (again) this weekend, Washington did enough to earn a contract offer from the Redskins. A source said Washington, 29, won’t decide whether to accept it until he visits the Baltimore Ravens this week.


The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Washington, a special-teamer the past two years with the New England Patriots after catching 74 passes for 893 yards and nine touchdowns the previous four seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, had been in minicamp on a tryout basis.

“This is what the league is all about, getting a chance to show your ability and for the coaches to evaluate you,” Washington said. “You never want to turn down an opportunity. If they don’t sign me, it helped me get ready for other camps that I’ve been invited to. I’m a big, physical receiver. The ‘Skins have had the [shorter] Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El, style. And I play special teams really well. In this league, it’s the more you can do.”

Pre-camp injuries to Moss (shin splints), Kelly (knee) and veteran James Thrash (neck) along with Thomas’ pulled hamstring on Saturday gave Washington plenty of reps to do just that.

- David Elfin