The New England Patriots certainly aren't banking on wide receiver Nate Washington to be a game changer in the offense- just look at his contract.
Washington signed a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum. He received a $60,000 signing bonus (which is peanuts) and has a $20,000 workout bonus. Signs point to Washington being a camp body that can compete for a spot, similar to how Brandon Gibson tried to win a spot last offseason.
The 6'1, 185 lbs receiver will cost the Patriots $680,000 in cap space this season if he makes the roster. Washington is capable of playing inside and outside, so while he is likely to compete with Chris Hogan for playing time, his versatility will help the team in contract renegotiations with Danny Amendola.
Look for the Patriots to continue to find alternatives at the position in the draft and Washington can provide valuable veteran experience to the new players on the roster.