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February 29, 2008 12:45 PM

Report: Alge Crumpler, close to being Seahawk

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Free agent tight end Alge Crumpler is close to signing with the Seahawks, his agent told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Here's a link to the story right here.

Williams told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Crumpler's connection with former Falcons was an important factor, referencing Jim Mora, Patrick Kerney and Tim Ruskell.

Crumpler was released by Atlanta earlier this month, meaning he was free to negotiate with teams before the free-agency period began on Thursday at 9 p.m. PST. He visited Tennessee and Tampa Bay and arrived in Seattle on Thursday.

Ruskell said the medical evaluation would be an important part of the team's look at Crumpler, but he also talked about the first-hand impression that Crumpler made during Ruskell's year in Atlanta.

"The Alge I saw back in '04, he was a dominant tight end back then," Ruskell said. "Great hands. Had tremendous run-after-contact ability and make big plays and was a force as a blocker, a big man. One of the better ones I've been around, but I think injuries have taken their toll so we’ll just have to see where he's at. He's not an old guy. He's right at 30."

Crumpler played in 14 of 16 games last season. He caught 42 passes, the fifth consecutive season in which he finished with more than 40 receptions.

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Posted by Frosty

12:54 PM, Feb 29, 2008

Man this is a great pickup for the Hawks. Crumpler may have had a bad season last year but honestly there wasn't much of a QB throwing to him. I think he'll fit in nicely here in Seattle. Now we can focus on a RB in the draft. Stewart or Mendenhall, lets start preparing for life without Alexander...which we've pretty much been having to deal with the past 2 seasons anyways.

Posted by GAseahawkfan

12:56 PM, Feb 29, 2008

Your welcome, Dan!! Can you at least give me some credit for bogging it. :-)

Posted by Mark

1:07 PM, Feb 29, 2008

WOW, if this happens that is a huge step in the right direction. How they get him under the cap is another question, I guess that would mean no Josh Brown...

Posted by Danny O'Neil

1:15 PM, Feb 29, 2008

GAhawkfan:

A tip of the cap to you then. I even tried to e-mail you after that to see where you got that from, but the e-mail bounced back to me. Bum address. But yes, you were first. A proper acknowledgment is owed. Kudos.

Posted by commoncent$

1:17 PM, Feb 29, 2008

btw, i'd be totally cool with the hawks trading away trufant for a 1st & 2nd/3rd round pick. give the hawks leverage to get a stud RB (mendenhall or stewart) then take Cromartie (who can replace Tru) who has unlimited potential and most likely a lock down corner. Benefit for the hawks is that they get younger at 2 key spots (RB and Corner).

it would be tough getting over the fact we lost Tru (b/c he's good and a local product), but he's starting to get a pretty inflated ego; and he's only had one good year with a lot of gimme interceptions.

Posted by CG

2:36 PM, Feb 29, 2008

Carlester now Alge. A tradition continues.

Posted by Alge

7:44 PM, Feb 29, 2008

"Williams said a report that Crumpler was on the verge of signing with the Seahawks, who have limited salary cap space, was incorrect."

Bad News!

Posted by Louis

9:30 AM, Mar 01, 2008

Cromartie is a free agent? We should really try and get him. Also, since we lost Josh Brown, are there any decent kickers in the draft?

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