NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - For an undrafted rookie out of Tiffin University, Tennessee Titans receiver
He's going into his 10th NFL training camp and insists he's nowhere close to being done.
Washington is a long way from 2005 when he was a rookie in camp with Pittsburgh just praying that he would make a roster. Now he has two Super Bowl rings from four seasons with the Steelers and preparing for his sixth with the Titans in what he calls a long journey. It's the final year on his current contract, though Washington says the future can wait.
''I'm not too much worried about what next year's going to bring because this year means so much more to me,'' Washington said. ''I have a lot of friends in this locker room and I have a lot of friends in this city. We owe a lot to this community. I'm just excited about the opportunity to go out and give everything I can. Whatever happens after the season, it'll handle itself.''
The Titans have worked to boost their receiving corps the past two years. They drafted
''He's got some more years in him,'' Hunter said.
Washington had his career-year in 2011 with a team-best 74 catches and 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns. He led the team in receiving in 2012 and had the second best season of his career in 2013 with 919 yards receiving second only to Wright. For his career, Washington has 371 catches for 5,649 yards and 38 touchdowns.
With Tennessee hiring Ken Whisenhunt as head coach in January, Washington has been reunited with a man who was his offensive coordinator when the 2005 Steelers won the Super Bowl in his rookie season. Whisenhunt, who only spent two seasons with Washington in Pittsburgh, is very pleased with Washington since arriving and is happy the receiver is on the roster.
The Titans had their first practice in pads Monday, and Whisenhunt said that Washington ''brought the old guy out the archives, and he looked OK.''
Washington is excited about having Whisenhunt back for a couple reasons. He expects the Titans to be much more explosive offensively, giving him and other receivers more catches. Washington also hasn't been to the playoffs since leaving Pittsburgh and believes his old coach can get him back there.
''Everybody's expectations in the locker room has went even higher due to the fact that we know the success that he's had in his career,'' Washington said.