The Tennessee Titans made a much-needed move on special teams Tuesday, signing veteran return man Leon Washington for the remainder of the season.
Washington, a former Pro Bowl return man, was released by the New England Patriots late last week.
The Titans waived Devon Wylie, who had handled the return duties for the past two weeks and had a costly fumble against Indianapolis on Nov. 14. Wylie also muffed a punt Sunday in Oakland, but was able to get the ball back.
In Washington, 31, the Titans are getting a player with tremendous experience in the return game that they hope can alleviate some of the poor decisions that have hurt the Titans on special teams this season. Darius Reynaud started the season as the return man, but had lots of problems with fumbles and decision making. Damian Williams took over the role, but suffered a hip injury that took him out of the mix.
Washington, an eight-year veteran, was originally a fourth-round pick of the New York Jets in 2006. He also spent three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before joining the Patriots this season.
The Titans also waived center Kevin Matthews and have yet to fill the roster, though chances are, that spot would be filled with a safety with Michael Griffin’s one-game suspension being upheld and meaning he could be out this week.
Last week, the Titans cut veteran Corey Lynch when they claimed Micah Pellerin off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys.
The Titans also made a practice squad move on Monday, signing defensive tackle Frank Kearse, formerly of the Carolina Panthers, and releasing defensive tackle Chigbo Anunoby.