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The Nashville Tennessean considers Nate Washington's roster spot "safe" despite a $4.8 million base salary.

The Titans could wipe all of the $4.8 million off their cap by cutting 30-year-old Washington, but they're more likely to bring him back as a third receiver behind Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter. Washington is also insurance on at-times enigmatic sophomore Hunter. Titans wideouts project to disappoint in fantasy this season as the team moves away from ex-OC Dowell Loggains' spread offense, and toward new coach Ken Whisenhunt's run-first attack.

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Nate Washington admits he could be a salary-cap casualty.

The Nashville Tennessean has reported that Washington is likely safe, but cutting him would clear $4.8 million in cap space. "I think he loves me and I love that guy," Washington said of new coach Ken Whisenhunt. "But it's a business." Washington played for Whisenhunt as a rookie with the Steelers in 2006. The Titans could go forward with Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter as starters, but would be thin at wideout if they cut Washington loose.

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The Nashville Tennessean expects the Titans to retain Nate Washington for 2014.

Washington has a $4.8 million base salary entering his age-31 season, but the Titans are ostensibly not quite ready to hand No. 2 receiver duties to sophomore Justin Hunter. Ideally, Kendall Wright and Hunter would emerge as Tennessee's clear-cut top-two wideouts, with Washington taking a backseat. Washington would then become a awfully pricey insurance policy, however.

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Nate Washington caught two passes for 39 yards in Week 17 against the Texans.

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Updating a previous item, Nate Washington didn't say he would be opposed to taking a pay cut to return to the Titans but also didn't say he was open to one.

ESPN's Titans blogger Paul Kuharsky and Washington had a simple misunderstanding after Sunday's win over the Jaguars. The two were talking about Washington's $4.8 million salary for 2014, as well as the possibility of a youth movement at receiver in Tennessee. Washington approached Kuharsky on Tuesday and made it clear he's a team-first player. There's no doubt Washington, 30, can still play. He could be the Titans' No. 3 receiver next season.

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Nate Washington is due a $4.8 million base salary in 2014.

Washington is finishing 2013 on a high note with back-to-back lines of 7-92 and 6-117-1, but this is a high price to pay for a wide receiver who turns 31 before next season and isn't a focal point of Tennessee's passing attack. They need to get 2013 second-round pick Justin Hunter into the starting lineup. Washington said after Sunday's win that he's not amenable to a pay cut.

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Nate Washington caught two passes for 24 yards in Sunday's Week 14 loss at Denver.

Washington saw six targets, but Ryan Fitzpatrick predictably struggled against the Broncos aggressive defense. Washington also appeared to get dinged up late in the game, although no injury was immediately announced. With just 14 catches for 203 yards and no touchdowns over the last four weeks, he won't be a WR3 option against the Cardinals in Week 15.

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Nate Washington caught five balls for 81 yards in the Titans' Week 13 loss to the Colts.

Washington's big gain -- a 31-yarder -- came on a bomb down the right sideline off a play-action fake. Utilized inconsistently by OC Dowell Loggains, Washington would be a low-end WR3 at best in Week 14 against the Broncos.

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Nate Washington caught five passes for 45 yards in Sunday's Week 12 win at Oakland.

Washington is slipping behind both Kendall Wright and Delanie Walker on Ryan Fitzpatrick's hit list. Over the last three weeks, Nate is averaging just 3.3 catches for 42.3 yards on just 4.6 targets per day. He's a WR5 heading into the Week 13 divisional matchup with the Colts.

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Nate Washington caught two passes for 53 yards in Tennessee's Week 11 loss to the Colts.

It was a completely lost night before Ryan Fitzpatrick found Washington for a 42-yard strike with the Colts in prevent defense late in the fourth quarter. As it is, Washington now has just nine total catches over his past five games, and is barely on the WR5 radar.