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February 19, 2008 11:49 AM

Alge Crumpler, potential Seahawks target

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Tight end Alge Crumpler was released by the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 15. Given the Seahawks' need at that position, it seems natural that he would be a target of Seattle. And Crumpler's agent has talked with the Seahawks. No visits planned or anything like that. This is still very early in the process and things will really start to move next week as free agency approaches in earnest.

Crumpler is 30. He caught 42 passes last season, his fewest in any season since 2002. He has caught more than 40 passes for five successive seasons, though. Here's a link to his profile on

The Seahawks had only 41 receptions total from their tight ends last season, 28 from Marcus Pollard and 13 from Will Heller, who is primarily a blocking tight end. Pollard signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks last season.

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Posted by pattapit

12:08 PM, Feb 19, 2008

first... and good thing...

I would like to re-iterate how good of a fit this would be

Posted by Ben

12:26 PM, Feb 19, 2008

Finally, some news. I'm glad there is an interest here. Let's hope this comes to fruition.

Posted by HugeHawksFan12

12:57 PM, Feb 19, 2008

Alright news. The real need is to patch up our offensive line! I guess adding Alge would bring some good potentional up fron and on the edge, but I still would prefer them spend the money on a veteran Guard or Right Tackle over a TE. That was our TRUE downfall this season. No holes for anyone to run through and limited time for Matt to make his reads down field.

Posted by pattapit

2:33 PM, Feb 19, 2008

"Posted by HugeHawksFan12
12:57 PM, Feb 19, 2008
Alright news. The real need is to patch up our offensive line! I guess adding Alge would bring some good potentional up fron and on the edge, but I still would prefer them spend the money on a veteran Guard or Right Tackle over a TE. That was our TRUE downfall this season. No holes for anyone to run through and limited time for Matt to make his reads down field."

Look two threads down...

Posted by jrhath11

3:21 PM, Feb 19, 2008

For those of you that haven't been following... the hawks just signed a former pro bowl guard in Wahle to help our offensive line out! Tight ends normally dont make a huge splash in the NFL their rookie year, especially in the west coast offense. So relying on rookie in the draft to patch up our TE position would be pointless. This is Holgrems last year and I think they will go out with a bang. Sign Trufant to a long term deal, let Brown walk (for gods sake, hes a kicker), and then sign Crumpler and franchise him. This alternative could allow for us to even draft a project type TE in the later rounds. Keep in mind Crumpler had his worst season because the falcons were the second worst team in the league!! Put him on the Hawks he'll be a pro-bowler! Draft a Runningback, Tackle, TE, and a Safety and we'll be set for a deep playoff run.

Posted by Ben

5:13 PM, Feb 19, 2008

You had me until you say let Josh go. He isn't just a kicker. He's a damn good kicker. There's a difference. If you can't see why Seattle would want to keep him, then you don't realize the significance of the position. Nuff said.

Posted by F-12CHawk

6:53 PM, Feb 19, 2008

Perfectly said, Ben!
JB is more than just a kicker. How many times has he saved us by making clutch kicks?!
Watch the Hawks let him go...sign a scrub off the street and watch him blow a 43 yard FG in the NFC Championship and blow our chances of a trip the the SB!
JB is worth the $$$ Sign him NOW!

Posted by carl phillips

9:47 AM, Feb 20, 2008

Remember Carlester Crumpler played for Seattle back in the day and was a terrific Tight End. It is only fitting to see like father like son.

Posted by carl phillips

9:53 AM, Feb 20, 2008

My bad, like brother like brother. Carlester is the older brother to Alge Crumpler

Posted by Dahawksnest509

10:17 AM, Feb 20, 2008

Have all yall been asleep or something bringing Alge Crumpler to seattle would be one of there biggest aquisitions in years. He is a five time pro bowler and has played for seven years he probably could have been there every year if he had a decent qb or one that didnt run around all the time. This is exactly what we need. The west coast offense needs a good tight end just ask joe montana and steve young!

Posted by adrian

11:44 AM, Feb 20, 2008

yeah that would be rad to get a guy like crumpler,, he can block and he's got great hands and his in that top five of elite tie ends in the leuague or atleast the top ten

Posted by Michael

12:15 PM, Feb 20, 2008

There would be no problem with signing Crumpler, even with his mouth. Hasselback is seasoned enough to control the huddle and make good decisions, and just adding another viable threat would help our short passing game. The signing of Whale should bring an end to musical guards, him being in the pro-bowl 2 out of the past 3 years. The Hawks still need to re-sign Brown, Locklear, Trufant, and Hackett. We can't afford to lose any of them.

Draft concerns have to be aimed towards a running back, not necessarily a first round pick, a versatile offensive lineman, and another big body to play DT. Mebane and Bernard did great last season, but we saw what happens to a small speedy defense when we run into poor weather conditions. You lose the advantage of your speed and teams are able to run much more effectively.

If you're concerned for the future a high pick tight end would not be a bad decision. It's not like you can't find an effective running back in the deeper rounds of the draft.

Posted by Mickel

1:05 PM, Feb 20, 2008

Crumpler had no fumbles in the past two years. He's sure hands. Sign him and Brown now!

Posted by Jsonlgilbert

2:13 PM, Feb 20, 2008

With the crumplers links to Jim Mora and Tim Ruskell, This should have already been completed. Unless he is asking for more money than Seattle can pay!!

Posted by Ben

2:29 PM, Feb 20, 2008

Don't forget that Patrick Kerney was his former teammate before he came to Seattle.

Posted by 12thmanforlife

3:13 PM, Feb 20, 2008

I, too, think that Alge would be a nice fit. I still want Fred Davis for the future though. He is a stud and Alge will only be good for a couple more years. Unless Stewart or that guy from Illinois is available, we should take him and then find a rb or two later in the draft as well as o-line and d-line. And maybe add a little depth to our linebacker core. Those guys make good special teams players.

Alge has every reason to want to come here. I just hope his asking price isn't too high. And whoever it was that said let Josh Brown go needs to get beat down for such a stupid comment. Do you know how hard it is to find a good kicker? There aren't many who can hit a 54 yarder to win the game and he is one of them. He and Tru are our 2 most important FA's. Then Locklear. Hopefully we will be able to sign them all.

Posted by Seahawk113

3:42 PM, Feb 20, 2008

I think it would be a great pickup for the Hawks. Pollard just wasn't the consistent guy that Seattle was looking for last year.

Posted by JOSHBROWN#!

12:49 PM, Feb 21, 2008

To get rid of Josh Brown would be the biggest mistake in the history of the franchise. There I said it. Plus, what would I do with my Brown jersey, I would have to follow him to a new city.

As for The CrumpMan, he catches more touchdowns than half of the #1 recievers in the league, it would be an outrage not to pay him. He's got to be hungry after what happened last season and he is a perfect fit.

Posted by hawksXL

3:12 PM, Feb 21, 2008

Please sign crumpler, the hawks need to draft stewart because alexander cant do it anymore. The hawks need JB. The guy who pays everyone needs to think about winning. Pay everybody!

Posted by seahawker12345

4:05 AM, Feb 22, 2008

its a great fit especially because a rookie in fred davis from USC is so uncertain and the any help for the offense is outstanding. now that there is a noticeable "D" if it becomes consistant and Hasselbeck is consistant I hear superbowl win not zebras screwing us out of one

Posted by 12SEAHAWK12

2:35 PM, Feb 22, 2008

Lets do this

Posted by drewb

7:52 PM, Feb 22, 2008

a decent addition Crumpler would be. bottom line is we need: a big time TE, a young underpaid hungry RB, a MackStrong or close as you can come to him, and an extremely physical and productive O line. None of these were in place in 07

Posted by M. Sando

8:38 PM, Feb 22, 2008

Ok, A Little inside info for all you fans that are praying for Seattle to sign Alge Crumpler. Well your prayers have been answered! The Seattle Seahawks have Signed Alge Crumpler to a 6 year deal rumored to be valued of 35 million!!

Sleep tight and happy dreams!!


Posted by O'Neil

8:44 PM, Feb 22, 2008

Mike, thanks for signing in and for the valuable information, our fans deserve it! I have just heard the news directly though Crumplers agent, and a pressconferance is scheduled for monday in Seattle.

Posted by Danny O'niel

2:41 PM, Feb 23, 2008

This is Danny. The Hawks have not signed Crumpler

Posted by Alge Crumpler

2:43 PM, Feb 23, 2008

I have not signed with the Seahawks. I am currently in Indianapolis talking with teams but have not made a decision yet. Thanks for listening.

Posted by Shaun Alexander

7:53 PM, Feb 23, 2008

I am a horrible running back now. I think Im just gonna retire so I won't drag down the seahwks anymore. And plus, I talk like a girl.

Posted by FrikinHawkinCool

8:17 PM, Feb 23, 2008

um.. Oh Yeah!!! even a mediocre Tight end would complete Matt's super hero weapon belt, but Crumpler is way above mediocre. I guess it depends on whether he wants Money or a championship, because we don't have cap space to play bidding war for him. With Branch out for the year, we need to lock up Hacket.

p.s. Hire Mack Strong as the new RB coach. please.

Posted by hawksfaninmo

8:33 PM, Feb 23, 2008

i think this would be a great addition to their offense

Posted by steve

12:05 AM, Feb 24, 2008

Ok, lets talk salary cap...Why dont we release Dion Branch? He did nothing for the hawks and I feel the only why eveyone thinks he is such a good receiver is because why your QB is Tom Brady, He can make the worst WR look good. We Should sign DJ and start Ben Obamanu?

Posted by hawkattack

5:04 PM, Feb 24, 2008

i agree with huge hawks fan because we cant pass the ball every down and our running game needs some help wherever it may be. alge crumpler is not that good we could get someone better

Posted by hawkattack

5:13 PM, Feb 24, 2008

i agree with hugehawksfan in that the running game sux and we need help on the o-line and signing mike wahle is deffinatley gunna improve that but crumpler is not as good as he seems hes getting older and last year was a bad year for him so try for a better TE and hes prolly going to the panthers or bucs anyway and get Jonathan Stewart in the draft to replace shaun and resign josh he deserves the money like f12chawk said

Posted by Seahawk Jonny

1:38 PM, Feb 26, 2008

JIM MORA WILL BRING HIM JUST LIKE KERNEY.. we had some results there

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