Power trade record-setting WR Washington to Spokane
The Power made a dramatic move toward remaking their roster Thursday by trading record-setting wide receiver Mike Washington, their most productive player over the first three years of the franchise's existence.
Washington, a graduate of Aliquippa High School, was sent to the Spokane Shock for Arvell Nelson, who can play receiver and linebacker and back up newly acquired quarterback Tommy Grady. The Power also will receive offensive lineman Ben Ossai in the deal.
“Trading Mike was an extremely tough decision to make, but for the future of this franchise, it was what had to be done,” said coach Derek Stingley, whose team has won only nine of 36 games over the past two seasons. “We are in the process of building a team that will win, not once, but continuously.
“Mike will be missed. He is a true professional with a great approach to the game, and our organization wishes him well. With the additions of Nelson and Ossai, we are thrilled to get two players that will have an immediate impact on our team.”
Washington is the Power's all-time leading pass catcher with 365 receptions for 4,446 yards and 105 touchdowns. He holds 11 franchise records.
Nelson, 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, caught nine passes for six touchdowns and rushed for four more scores last season, his rookie year with the Shock. He also completed 16 of 20 passes for 162 yards and five touchdowns and recorded 16 tackles.
Ossai, 6-6, 315, is a three-year Arena Football League veteran who also spent part of the past two seasons with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.