Simply put, DeAndre Washington is a good running back but one that is ultimately replaceable in the NFL. In four years with the Raiders he showed his rushing ability with a four yard per carry average and displayed his receiving ability with 88 catches for 600 yards in that span.
He also showed that he could be a feature back if a team gave him the opportunity with three solid games in 2019 when Josh Jacobs was out with a shoulder injury late in the season.
His problem is not about his ability to produce on the field because he is certainly capable of doing so, it’s simply that he is just too similar to fellow backup Jalen Richard in body type and ability. Both backs are so similar in stature that one could be excused for mixing them up when they’re lined up behind Derek Carr in the backfield.
The Raiders used FB Alec Ingold in short yardage situations with great success last year but it was clear that they needed a power back to complement the talents of Jacobs and the aforementioned Richard. Washington will likely end up in a similar change of pace role with another team but at a price the Raiders would not want to pay for their third-string running back.