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March 11, 2008 6:06 PM

Shaun Alexander in Kirkland, on the Seahawks roster

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Everybody is awaiting word on Shaun Alexander's future. I don't have definitive answers on that. At least not yet.

I can provide two very clear facts about the present, though.

1. Alexander was at the Seahawks headquarters on Tuesday. He met with coach Mike Holmgren. Maurice Morris was also at the team headquarters in the afternoon.

2. Alexander has not been released. Not only that, he's still recovering from surger to repair the cracked bone in his wrist. He's got to be healthy before he would be released, either that or negotiate an injury settlement.

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Posted by free beer

10:45 PM, Mar 11, 2008

He's at home hitting himself with a hammer, the hawks got him for the rest of his life!

Posted by Husky Fan In New York

7:56 AM, Mar 12, 2008

I think they are waiting for his wrist to heal and will release him June 1st unless he gets a small injury settlement.

Shaun wasn't very intelligent in saying that he wouldn't restructure his deal because he was a franchise player. He was a franchise player at 27 or 28, but not almost 31 coming off two injury plagued seasons with declining numbers. Even the great Emmitt Smith barely averaged 4 ypc at the age of 31 (4.1) and 32 (3.9).

Honestly, what is the benefit of keeping Alexander around? We are making one last run at winning a Super Bowl and the guy obviously wasn't willing to restructure his deal to help the team get over the hump and bring in more players to help the team. So he's clearly on the downside of his career, not a team player, is now more injury prone than ever, and has never been able to catch the ball out of the backfield, which we need now more than ever because Engram is one year older, Burleson may never be more than a #2 or #3 WR, Branch is coming off an ACL tear, and our TE position is being overhauled. We need a RB who's a threat out of the backfield to make defenses worry about another player.

What exactly does Alexander bring to the table anymore (that's positive)?

Posted by free beer

10:34 AM, Mar 12, 2008

I think it time for the Hawks to shun Shaun.
Time to improve, no more mister nice guy!
Time to dump the dead weight, lean and mean!
Time has come today, out with the slacker, in with the movers!

Posted by commoncent$

10:36 AM, Mar 12, 2008

cut him already (in other words, i wish June 2nd was here). Don't need his arrogance A$$ poisoning the teams psychy and toughness. The OL plays inspired when they know an RB will take a pounding for that extra inch... Shaun's not the one who will inspire anyone.

As for the WR's, not worried about that. The young pups have been adequately groomed. Yes, i do believe Nate can be a legit #1, he just needs time to mature within an offense. He's not the type to catch on right away. I think he'll put up #'s similiar to what Engram put up this last year. Taylor and Obu will be adequate.

With the mindset of Holmgren and the west coast offense philosophy, we simply don't have to have the 4.3 blazer; is it nice, yes; necessary no. I'm actually excited to see what this Newton guy is all about. Maybe they feel he's a legit TE and won't have to draft one with the addition of putzier.

In the RB space, I look for the hawks to go after Johnson (from ECU) or Rogers (Texas) in the 2nd or 3rd round. They'll go O or D line in the first.

Posted by commoncent$

10:37 AM, Mar 12, 2008

cut him already (in other words, i wish June 2nd was here). Don't need his arrogance A$$ poisoning the teams psychy and toughness. The OL plays inspired when they know an RB will take a pounding for that extra inch... Shaun's not the one who will inspire anyone.

As for the WR's, not worried about that. The young pups have been adequately groomed. Yes, i do believe Nate can be a legit #1, he just needs time to mature within an offense. He's not the type to catch on right away. I think he'll put up #'s similiar to what Engram put up this last year. Taylor and Obu will be adequate.

With the mindset of Holmgren and the west coast offense philosophy, we simply don't have to have the 4.3 blazer; is it nice, yes; necessary no. I'm actually excited to see what this Newton guy is all about. Maybe they feel he's a legit TE and won't have to draft one with the addition of putzier.

In the RB space, I look for the hawks to go after Johnson (from ECU) or Rogers (Texas) in the 2nd or 3rd round. They'll go O or D line in the first.

Posted by Go Hawks-Vancouver, BC

8:05 AM, Mar 13, 2008

What are the Hawks going to do about their kicking situation? Who is out there? I hate to say this but maybe bring in Mike Vanderjagt for a tryout?????

We were spoiled with one of the best in Brown the last few years.

Posted by hawk fan in vancouver

8:07 AM, Mar 13, 2008

What are the Hawks going to do about their kicking situation? Who is out there? I hate to say this but maybe bring in Mike Vanderjagt for a tryout?????

We were spoiled with one of the best in Brown the last few years.

Posted by Ziasudra

9:12 AM, Mar 13, 2008

No doubt the Hawks are looking at collegians such as Serna, probably available in rounds 5-7. Cheaper, more eager, etc.

Posted by Oscar

10:25 AM, Mar 13, 2008

There isn't nearly enough Alexander bashing going on around here...
The bottom line is not what Alexander was, but what he is,...a washed up RB makeing way more than he is worth. Greeeeeedy, won't restructure for the good of the team, won't, or can't, run hard, can't catch, can't block.
Thanks for your assistance Alexander... bye bye now.

Posted by Oscar

10:26 AM, Mar 13, 2008

There isn't nearly enough Alexander bashing going on around here...
The bottom line is not what Alexander was, but what he is,...a washed up RB makeing way more than he is worth. Greeeeeedy, won't restructure for the good of the team, won't, or can't, run hard, can't catch, can't block.
Thanks for your assistance Alexander... bye bye now.

Posted by Ziasudra

10:51 AM, Mar 13, 2008

The Tacoma paper had an item that Hacket was leaning toward Carolina - any info on that?

Posted by chuck

11:06 AM, Mar 13, 2008

Well I think everyone should send thank you card to John Madden for ruining our running game. Since he pu Shaun on the cover of Madden 07 the Madden curse has not let go.

Posted by 12thmanforlife

11:58 AM, Mar 13, 2008

There is something I don't understand. If you take away Shaun's bonus money, Julius Jones is actually making more money than him this year. For a team who's cap is tight that doesn't make much sense to me. And for those Shaun haters who say he is overpaid, please tell me what Jones has done to deserve his paycheck.

Posted by 12thmanforlife

11:59 AM, Mar 13, 2008

There is something I don't understand. If you take away Shaun's bonus money, Julius Jones is actually making more money than him this year. For a team who's cap is tight that doesn't make much sense to me. And for those Shaun haters who say he is overpaid, please tell me what Jones has done to deserve his paycheck.

Posted by 12thmanforlife

12:00 PM, Mar 13, 2008

What the hell is wrong with this stupid blog?

Posted by Husky Fan In New York

12:27 PM, Mar 13, 2008

12thman for life, I sort of understand what you're saying but Jones is 4 years younger than Alexander, has much less mileage, and can actually catch the ball out of the backfield.

By being what Shaun is not (still in his prime and a pass catcher) and not being what Shaun is (over the hill RB with an injury history), he looks a lot more appealing than Shaun.

What will be interesting to see is what kind of offers Shaun will get once he is cut. Maybe a 2 year deal at 2 mil per?

Posted by Husky Fan In New York

12:28 PM, Mar 13, 2008

12thman for life, I sort of understand what you're saying but Jones is 4 years younger than Alexander, has much less mileage, and can actually catch the ball out of the backfield.

By being what Shaun is not (still in his prime and a pass catcher) and not being what Shaun is (over the hill RB with an injury history), he looks a lot more appealing than Shaun.

What will be interesting to see is what kind of offers Shaun will get once he is cut. Maybe a 2 year deal at 2 mil per?

Posted by 12thmanforlife

12:44 PM, Mar 13, 2008

Maybe his contract is front loaded or something, but we are talking about a guy who got paid after being an mvp and having multiple years of great success and a guy who got paid after doing....nothing. It just seems like a lot of money to give a guy when we are supposed to not have much to spend. And is he worth that much?

Posted by JJ

3:05 PM, Mar 13, 2008

12th man is just like Shuan....a freakin BUM. Only differences are---talent, status, money, fame. LOL....

Posted by zacksteele12

3:46 PM, Mar 14, 2008

I just dont like the way shaun plays. He is very soft and runs east/west when he should run north/ south. He is a good guy but lets be honest that 2005 o line was the best ever, pretty much anyone could run for a least a thousand yards behind that line.

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