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March 10, 2009 11:03 AM

Tyler Schmitt back in a snap

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The Seahawks' potential interest in free-agent long-snappers like Bryan Pittman and Mike Leach brings up the question of the future of the player Seattle drafted to be its long-snapper last year. That would be Tyler Schmitt.

He was diagnosed with a back condition before the regular season began and subsequently underwent back surgery. He has rehabbed from the surgery, and last week his agent was in Arizona where Schmitt was training, and their expectation is he'll be ready to play this next season. Currently, Schmitt is preparing for the Seahawks' offseason training session -- OTAs in the NFL's particular dialect, which stands for organized team activities -- which begins later this month.

The Seahawks were looking for a veteran free agent at that position, too, so a player like Pittman remains a possibility, but Schmitt is a long-snapper talented enough to be drafted and he's expecting to be ready for the upcoming season as well.

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