"I felt that I needed a fresh start, and I’m happy the Baltimore Ravens gave me the opportunity," Washington said Friday after a minicamp practice. "I knew I was going to be traded somewhere, but I just didn’t know where. Once they picked up DeAngelo, it was pretty much set in stone that I wasn’t going to be back next year.
"They said it was my tackling," Washington said. "That Denver Broncos game, I stunk it up big-time in tackles. If that was their reason for benching me, then so be it.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.