- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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Learn from me.
"I told Darrelle 'I'm not going to tell you what to do and not to do, not to go back or even stay with the team, but line up to my situation and do what's best for your family,'" Washington said Wednesday as a guest on ESPN's "First Take."
A year ago, Washington rejected a long-term contract offer from the Jets -- a proposal that included a full guarantee of $5 million and an injury guarantee of $5 million. He decided to play out his contract, but he suffered a season-ending leg injury last October. In April, the Jets traded him to the Seattle Seahawks. Washington is playing this season for his tender amount, $1.8 million.
Revis, holding out of training camp for a new contract, has told friends that Washington's plight is having a big impact on his decision-making. He doesn't want to play this season for only $1 million and risk a serious injury that could damage his future earning potential.
Other Jets seeking new contracts, namely center Nick Mangold and linebacker David Harris, have mentioned Washington's plight as a cautionary tale. Nevertheless, Mangold and Harris -- both in the final year of their contracts -- are in training camp. The club has said it's highly unlikely that either player will receive a new deal before next season.
Washington's decision to play out his deal backfired, although he has said many times he has no regrets.
"Darrelle loves to play football and the thing that hurts him more than anything is that he's been portrayed as a guy that, you know, doesn't want to be a Jet, that doesn't love football," Washington said. "It hurts him to death not being out there, but at the same time, he has to do what's right for his family."
Washington, who suffered a compound fracture and had a titanium rod inserted in his femur, is well ahead of schedule. He participated in a scrimmage last weekend and made cuts without any noticeable discomfort -- a remarkable recovery.
Washington said he's not concerned about his former team, but he did have one last thing to say on the Revis matter.
"Darrelle's side, he's not backing down," Washington said, adding, "I've lived through [it]. I went through the whole negotiation part and, you know, I decided to take the risk and go back out there on the football field just because I love football and that's the nature of this business. It's risky, it's war and the players know it."
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has received some advice from former teammate Leon Washington.