As expected, Steelers wide receiver Nate Washington has left, signing a free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans.
Washington, the Steelers' No. 3 receiver, has outstanding speed and leaping ability, but his hands are average.
The Steelers signed Washington as an unrestricted rookie free agent in 2004 out of Tiffin University, a Division II school.
Pittsburgh is counting on 2008 second-round draft pick Limas Sweed to step into a more prominent role in 2009. But they will also likely bring in a veteran to compete with Sweed for the No. 3 spot behind starters Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes.
Who might fit in that role?
Detroit's Mike Furrey is 32, but might be able to push Sweed.
Carolina's D.J. Hackett or Detroit's Shaun McDonald, a pair of 28-year-old receivers, or Oakland's Ronald Curry might also be good fits.