Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
March 11, 2008 1:49 PM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Shaun Alexander's agent, Jim Steiner, isn't taking calls on Tuesday. The person who answered the phone at his office said there was nothing new to report.
So the holding pattern that began when the Seahawks agreed to terms with free-agent running back Julius Jones continues and it appears that Seattle's offseason plan of improving the running game will result in the ouster of the franchise’s leading rusher.
He is 30, coming off his lowest rushing total since he was a rookie backing up Ricky Watters. What are the chances he bounces back? Not too good, according to history. Oh, there are some examples now. Jerome Bettis bounced back from a steep decline in 2002 to be a productive short-yardage back the next three seasons. Corey Dillon did the same in 2006 after his production took a nose dive the year before.
But the Web site FootballOutsiders.com found that since 1978 there have been 10 different running backs who at age 28 or older saw their rushing average decline by at least 1 yard per carry from the previous season. For most, that was the writing on the wall that the end was near. Here's a link to the story on FootballOutsiders.com.
I took those 10 backs and outlined their declines:
|Brooks played 4 games with Cleveland, 2 with Tampa Bay in '92 and did not play in the NFL again.|
|1987||29||No longer in the NFL|
|Bettis scored 13 TDs in '04 and 9 in '05.|
|Dillon did not play in '07.|
|Released by Atlanta, signed by Tampa Bay this offseason.|
|Gained 1,014 yards for Broncos in 2005, a 4.2 per carry average.|
|Butts playd for San Diego in '93, New England in '94 and Houston in '95.|
Posted by StevefromIdaho
3:24 PM, Mar 11, 2008
Any news on the Trufant talks? How are the talks for a long-term deal coming along? Does he have any suitors? Since we have several RB's in the fold, why not focus on keeping Trufant?
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