Jets hire Leon Washington as special teams assistant coach

Leon Washington is returning to New York.

The Jets announced Wednesday that Washington will join Robert Saleh's staff as a special teams assistant coach.

Washington spent four seasons with the Jets, where he was one of the most dangerous return men in the NFL, taking four kickoffs back for TDs in his run with New York.

A fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2006, Washington was a two-time Pro Bowl player (2008 and 2012 with Seattle) and first-team All-Pro in 2008 with the Jets.

Washington spent the past two seasons with the Detroit Lions as part of the team's William Clay Ford Minority Coaching Assistantship Program, helping on offense, special teams, and in the weight room.

Here is other NFL news we are tracking Wednesday:

  • Tepper Sports and Entertainment named Steven Drummond the senior advisor to the chairman and vice president of external football operations for the Carolina Panthers. Drummond most recently held the told of vice president and chief communications officer for the Panthers.
  • The Minnesota Vikings named Martin Nance as the team's executive vice president and chief marketing officer. The team is also hiring former Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther as senior defensive assistant, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.
  • The Denver Broncos released veteran cornerback A.J. Bouye after one season.
  • Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke signed a two-year extension worth $8.75 million.
  • Houston Texans executive Jamey Rootes resigned from his role as team president. The team announced Wednesday it had signed free-agent tight end Paul Quessenberry.
  • The Detroit Lions announced Wednesday they had hired Jett Modkins as assistant special teams coach and that DeOn'Tae Pannell had joined the staff as part of the William Clay Ford Minority Coaching Assistantship.
  • The Chicago Bears announced Wednesday they have hired Mike Pettine as senior defensive assistant and also promoted Mike Snyder from offensive quality control coach to offensive quality control/assistant quarterbacks coach and Henry Burris from Bill Walsh Coaching Fellow to offensive quality control coach.

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