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GMoney2600
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Saints sign UDFA OL Khalique Washington to 3-year deal, per source

I think this roster spot opened up due to Malcolm Jenkins finally coming off the books with a post June 1st cut. Basically, he officially retired.

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The New Orleans Saints have signed one of their post-draft minicamp attendees to a 3-year deal. This player is offensive lineman Khalique Washington, out of Southern Miss, who has some of the more intriguing versatility of the Saints UDFAs. This signing was announced by Washington’s agent Brett Tessler earlier this morning, which included the length of the contract as well.

Khalique has been seen in New Orleans Saints minicamps over the past few days and has worn the number 63 for reference. He spent 3 years playing college football for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles before declaring for the draft this offseason, going undrafted as previously stated. The most intriguing part of this deal realistically is the length of the contract, as 3-year deals are relatively uncommon for an unsigned and undrafted free agent late in the draft process. Versatility is likely the factor that led to this deal being so long, however, as Khalique has played at both guard and tackle, and has proven to be effective at both.

Interestingly enough, Washington also played basketball at the high school level. Having the type of athleticism to play multiple sports is not for everyone and is something that is not necessarily common for offensive linemen. This will make him an even more interesting prospect for New Orleans as they watch him develop even further as an offensive lineman over the span of his 3-year deal.

His size at the position is also worth noting, as he has the right body to play guard or tackle at the NFL level as well. He was measured in at his pro day at 6’4” 313 pounds, with 10” hands and a 77 1/8” wingspan, which are all average to above average for offensive linemen. Washington played in a total of 30 games in college, with the right tackle being his primary position in the 2021 campaign. With this noted, he projects best as a guard at the next level, as he works best in small areas where he can get his feet set and anchor against the defensive line. His hands are one of his more notable qualities as a pass protector, as he is able to quickly get his hands into the defender's chest and keep himself upright against most power rushing moves.


goatmilker
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re: Saints sign UDFA OL Khalique Washington to 3-year deal, per source

There is your guard.
And that has got to be a early decided upon contract. 3 years is interesting.


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re: Saints sign UDFA OL Khalique Washington to 3-year deal, per source
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There is your guard.
And that has got to be a early decided upon contract. 3 years is interesting.

Championship!


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Shiftyplus1
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re: Saints sign UDFA OL Khalique Washington to 3-year deal, per source
They must have really liked what they saw in him at OTAs.


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re: Saints sign UDFA OL Khalique Washington to 3-year deal, per source
holes and deficiencies create opportunities for any type of player that steps onto the field.


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GoRuckTiger
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re: Saints sign UDFA OL Khalique Washington to 3-year deal, per source
3 years for an UDFA? I'm not sure if that is an unusual contract length for one or not but it sure seems like it. If it is this guy must have impressed the coaching staff enough to earn those three years.


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Interestingly enough, Washington also played basketball at the high school level. Having the type of athleticism to play multiple sports is not for everyone and is something that is not necessarily common for offensive linemen.

The new tackle eligible in the redzone?


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re: Saints sign UDFA OL Khalique Washington to 3-year deal, per source
I’d love to know what this guy did in Mimi camp to impress that much. Excited to follow him in training camp now.


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geauxtigers87
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re: Saints sign UDFA OL Khalique Washington to 3-year deal, per source
in Marrone we trust


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DomincDecoco
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re: Saints sign UDFA OL Khalique Washington to 3-year deal, per source
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Positives: Massive, heavy-footed blocker who is best in a small area. Quickly sets up off the snap, gets his hands into defenders, and turns them from the action. Sets with a wide base and works to bend his knees. Patient in pass protection, explosive at the point, and keeps his feet moving.

Negatives: Lacks footwork off the edge. Cannot adjust and gets easily exploited by speed rushers. Tends to fall off blocks rather than finishing them.

Analysis: Washington is a size prospect who flashed ability yet never put together a complete game. If he improves his blocking balance, he may have an opportunity to make a roster at guard or as a right tackle.


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re: Saints sign UDFA OL Khalique Washington to 3-year deal, per source
It means absolutely nothing that it's a three year deal. 3 years is the max an UDFA can sign, it's not unusual, he could be cut a week into camp.
This post was edited on 6/2 at 2:20 pm


Fun Bunch
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Yeah 3 year deals are extremely common. I assume virtually none of it is guaranteed.

They do that to protect themselves in case the player hits.


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Vacherie Saint
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Khalique Washington


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bonethug0180
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3 years is interesting


3 years is the standard contract of every UDFA. Draft picks get 4 years.

This is why players after the 4th round often rather go undrafted because they can get to bigger money quicker (they are RFAs in their 4th year and get bigger paydays with the potential to negotiate long term deals sooner). This, of course, is if the player is worth a damn.


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coolneal
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re: Saints sign UDFA OL Khalique Washington to 3-year deal, per source
Ojo 2.0


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