By Brady Henderson
The Seahawks deemed Leon Washington expendable when they traded for wide receiver Percy Harvin, who had doubled as a kickoff returner during his time in Minnesota.
Might Seattle have interest in a reunion with Washington? It’s a question worth asking now that Harvin will begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and Washington – according to two reporters’ projections – is a candidate to be cut by the Patriots.
Nothing that happened during the preseason would give the Seahawks any reason to be concerned about their in-house options in the return game.
Jermaine Kearse returned his lone kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown, while Jeremy Lane has a 27-yard average on three returns. Walter Thurmond has a 20-yard average on five punt returns, including a long of 46 and one that went for 29 yards Thursday night. Coach Pete Carroll said afterward that Thurmond will share some of the punt-returning duties with Golden Tate.
None of those players, however, have much – if any – experience returning kicks in the regular season. Washington, meanwhile, was coming off a Pro Bowl season – the second of his career – when Seattle released him in March after acquiring Harvin.
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby pick up the conversation there.
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