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Source: Washington prefers release

With the Tennessee Titans entertaining the possibility of trading Nate Washington, a source with knowledge of the situation, indicated that the veteran wide receiver would prefer the Titans simply release him instead.

Washington could not be reached for comment, and his agent Brian Overstreet declined to speak on the matter when contacted.

But indications are that Washington was not happy about reports that emerged on Tuesday of the Titans potentially shopping him with two years still remaining on his contract.

The Titans missed out on Danny Amendola, who signed Wednesday with the New England Patriots, but they still have their eyes on another St. Louis Rams receiver, as Brandon Gibson is scheduled to visit the club on Friday.

Gibson had 51 catches for 691 yards and five scores for the Rams last season.
Washington had 46 catches for Tennessee, but is one year removed from a 74-catch season in 2011, where he had 1,023 yards receiving.

If the Titans trade or release Washington, they could wipe his $4.2 million base salary off the books and not have any acceleration from 2014 on this year's cap because his $4.5 million signing bonus was prorated over five years instead of six. Washington's base salary for 2014 is $4.8 million.

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