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July 15, 2008 11:08 AM

Bobby Engram talks with The Seattle Times' Steve Kelley

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Meant to post this on Sunday, but somehow it didn't get published, so belatedly, just want to make sure to point everyone toward the column Steve Kelley wrote on Bobby Engram, which was published on Sunday.

The column thoroughly discussed Engram's feelings, but it also underscored that he intends to report when training camp begins at the end of this month.

"I'll be ready to go. I'm going to be me. I'm going to be ready to work hard, because I don't hold any bitterness. I'm not going to be upset about something that didn't happen. Everybody has to handle his business individually, but I realize nobody is bigger than the team."
    -- Bobby Engram

The news isn't a total shock. Engram is under contract so he would be subject to fines were he not to report to a mandatory workout. More importantly, however, had he held out that would have given more practice repetitions to younger players like Logan Payne and Courtney Taylor. That would be an opportunity to not only work with the first-team offense, but to gain the trust of coaches and quarterback.

But that's all idle talk at this point because Engram said he intends to be at training camp to pick up where he left off last year in what was a career season.

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Posted by Keith C

11:44 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Good to hear. Can't wait to see him on the field.

Posted by rowdy816

4:32 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Well, all you can say is that Bobby is a consummate professional. The guy performs, always, and even when he can't get a better contract (which he deserves) he shows his maturity by still being a Seahawk and working for us fans. He is in the final years of his career and the Seahawks need to do the right thing and compensate this man for what he's done for us, and will do. Outside of Hasselbeck and the line, he's the biggest clutch player we have on offense.

Posted by HAWKFOLIFE

6:03 PM, Jul 15, 2008

After the season, or maybe even during it Bobby will receive a contract that will keep him a HAWK till the day he walks away from football.

Posted by Rob

8:05 PM, Jul 15, 2008

They should give him some of Branch's money. Engram has been there for the Hawks for quite some time now and has earned at least what Branch makes.

Posted by John

10:33 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Engram had a career season because of the lack of running game we were plagued with. Now, with that said, if he performs to that level this year, then he deserves a nice raise.

Posted by shackl

9:22 AM, Jul 16, 2008

Having read Kelley's article on Engram I was encouraged that he intends to be at training camp. That will certainly benefit the team throughout the upcoming season. However, Bobby did indicate that he was willing, if necessary, to move on from the Seahawks after this coming season. Hawks fans everywhere would sure hate to see him in a different uniform. Hopefully, it won't come to that but the fact he sees that as a possibility is a tad disheartening.

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