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    NEWS: Receiver's stock is on the rise

    Receiver's stock is on the rise
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    By John Harris, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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    Nate Washington was talking about the Steelers' offense righting itself while rallying to defeat the Baltimore Ravens -- courtesy of a hair-raising, close-out touchdown drive -- but he could have been discussing his NFL career.

    "We never deliberately get in those type of situations," Washington said. "It's just that no matter what happens, no matter the situations that we're in, we do a great job of picking each other up and standing together as a family."

    For every big catch that Washington has made during his four years with the Steelers, there always seems to be an equally big drop that prevented quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from consistently targeting him in crunch time.

    But with defenses erecting a force field around Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes struggling with inconsistency, Roethlisberger badly needed another downfield receiver he could trust. For the past two games, Washington has been that receiver.

    On the Steelers' final drive against Dallas that led to the game-tying touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Ward, Washington caught three passes for 51 yards, all resulting in first downs.

    No longer an afterthought in the passing game, Roethlisberger went right back to Washington at key points during Sunday's 92-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown drive at Baltimore.

    Again, Washington caught three passes down the stretch, this time for 49 yards and two first downs, including a 24-yarder to the Ravens' 14.

    "I don't get down on myself anymore," said Washington, who was signed as an undrafted free agent from tiny Tiffin College in 2005. "I stay confident. I know there's a lot of opportunities out there to be made. Big opportunities. I just try to stay focused on the game itself instead of dwelling on anything that might have happened in the past."

    Asked how much better of a receiver he is now, Washington said his improvement has been substantial.

    "Ten times better," he said.

    A member of the Steelers' Super Bowl XL championship team, Washington figures to sign a new contract for substantially more than his current $1.4 million salary as an unrestricted free agent after the season. His big-play potential makes him an attractive option for teams seeking a speedy No. 2 receiver who can beat single coverage.

    "I still have a long way to go," Washington said. "I still have a lot of learning to do and a lot of focusing to maintain. I've just been trying to make the plays that I can make.

    "It's not necessarily about free agency. It's not necessarily about the money. It's just about I look at everybody in this locker room, and I know the opportunity we have this year. We have a great opportunity to get another championship ring if we handle our business."
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    Re: NEWS: Receiver's stock is on the rise

    If the Steelers could get Hines to re-structure next year...It would be a good idea to sign Washington for the future.



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    Re: NEWS: Receiver's stock is on the rise

    Quote Originally Posted by JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
    If the Steelers could get Hines to re-structure next year...It would be a good idea to sign Washington for the future.
    are you kidding me???
    the market will give this guy at least $3 million a year ... some shmoe might even give him a 4 yr. $15 million/yr contract just b/c they need a WR.

    It's time for Sweed to develop cuz I can't take watching Nate's ups and downs.
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    i can handle these ups and downs
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    nate is always open...he has great speed, great physical tools, he just sometimes lack the concentration to make big time catches, but thus far this season he's made big plays in key situations
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    We should let Nate go. Hines has a couple years left and if someone really thinks that Nate is a legit #1 or #2 let them pay him. My mental health cannot take anymore years of his inconsistency.
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    Re: NEWS: Receiver's stock is on the rise

    Quote Originally Posted by SidSmythe
    Quote Originally Posted by JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
    If the Steelers could get Hines to re-structure next year...It would be a good idea to sign Washington for the future.
    are you kidding me???
    the market will give this guy at least $3 million a year ... some shmoe might even give him a 4 yr. $15 million/yr contract just b/c they need a WR.

    It's time for Sweed to develop cuz I can't take watching Nate's ups and downs.
    $8.5 MIL
    That's Ward's cap number next year. He is still playing at a high level but he won't be playing at that number next year. So...What will happen? Let's hope he restructures. He has another year or two left in him...But not at a $6 mil plus WR. Washington should be in the future plans of this organization because Ward is not in the long-term plan if he wants over $6 mil. Sweed is just another WR on the roster right now. Without having an answer on Sweed and Ward at the end of his career...Washington needs to be retained. If they could sign him for $3 mil a year...Bargain! You might not think it is now but you will when Ward is gone! This team paid Wilson that...Washington has proven more. Washington would equal Holmes #'s if he was a #2. I also think Washington wants to stay because he knows his time is near. I've seen many drops across the board including Holmes & Ward. Nate has made some plays...He should stay in my book! We are only 2 years away from seeing Holmes, Washington, & Sweed on top of the depth chart. It hurts not to see Wards name there but the Steelers always know when the time has come to move on. The ball is in Ward's court...I just don't know if his pride will get in the way of him retiring a Steeler. I hope he takes the "Bettis" discount!!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
    If the Steelers could get Hines to re-structure next year...It would be a good idea to sign Washington for the future.
    they should have signed him ths past offseason. they blew it.

    i think he's a UFA after this season.
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    Re: NEWS: Receiver's stock is on the rise

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerOfDeVille
    Quote Originally Posted by JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
    If the Steelers could get Hines to re-structure next year...It would be a good idea to sign Washington for the future.
    they should have signed him ths past offseason. they blew it.

    i think he's a UFA after this season.
    Agreed. That was their chance to get him long-term at a bargain. Let's hope winning is more important to him.



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    nate's is becomming the best WR on the team.

    teams have to account for him as a deep threat.

    santonio does not command double coverage.

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