The state of Washington, that is.

(Sorry, it’s been a painfully slowwwww day so I’m trying to amuse myself.)

Leon Washington has signed a four-year contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks. From ProFootballTalk:

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the contract has a base value of $12.5 million, and that it could be worth up to $16 million with incentives.  Washington also will receive guaranteed money of $3.5 million.

Washington is lucky to still be a highly-paid and successful NFL player after what happened to him while with the Jets in 2009. This video doesn’t have replays, but trust me, your stomach doesn’t want ‘em:

But Washington must continue to regret turning down $10 million guaranteed prior to the year in which he suffered that gruesome, season-ending leg injury.

Washington is one of the best return men in the league — he took three kickoffs to the house in 2010 — but at 28 and in Seattle, where the backfield is quite crowded, he’ll likely never get a chance to become a No. 1 back. That despite the fact that in 2008 he averaged 5.9 yards per carry while amassing an amazing 803 rushing/receiving yards on only 123 touches.