FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots hosted veteran receiver Nate Washington on a free-agent visit on Monday, as the team considers adding another pass-catching target after signing Chris Hogan to a three-year, $12 million contract late last week.
The 6-foot-1, 183-pound Washington played for the Houston Texans last season, starting 14 games and totaling 47 catches for 658 yards and four touchdowns. Because the Texans, coached by former New England offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, run a similar offensive system to the Patriots it adds a layer to the personnel evaluation that the team doesn't always have.
Washington, 32, enters his 12th NFL season in 2016. He's played for the Steelers (2005-2008), Titans (2009-2014) and Texans (2015) and has 458 career receptions for 6,954 yards and 44 touchdowns.
Washington was viewed as a strong locker-room presence in his one season with the Texans.