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James Washington is heading back to the Lone Star State. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Washington is signing a one-year deal with the Cowboys. Washington is the third free-agent wide receiver to sign with a different team within the last 24 hours. Ray-Ray McCloud landed with the 49ers on Thursday night and JuJu Smith-Schuster signed with the Chiefs on Friday afternoon.
As of now, the Steelers are really thin at the wide receiver position with just Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson as returning starters. The second round of this year's draft should be when the Steelers target a receiver. Skyy Moore out of Western Michigan could be a fit.
Washington, who turns 26 next month, was a second-round pick by the Steelers in 2018 out of Oklahoma State. Washington had his moments where he displayed promise, but overall his tenure in Pittsburgh was a disappointment. Washington had just 24 receptions for 285 yards (11.9 average) and two touchdowns in 2021. In four seasons, Washington recorded 114 receptions for 1,629 yards (14.3 average) and 11 touchdowns.
There were reports last August that Washington was unhappy with how he was being utilized in the offense and requested a trade. So, after an unimpressive 2021 season, it's not surprising at all that Washington left Pittsburgh. It was pretty much decided the second the season was over.
Washington is from Texas, so signing with the Cowboys makes a lot of sense. There was also some speculation that that's where he was heading, as fellow Oklahoma State and former Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant predicted that Washington was going to the Cowboys on Tuesday.