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March 16, 2009 3:00 PM

Cory Redding now inside the 'Hawks, but outside the line

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Cory Redding conducted a telephone conference call with Seattle-area reporters. He arrived in Seattle on Sunday, and Monday he was participating in the Seahawks' first day of the offseason training program.

"That let's you know my commitment," Redding said. "I'm committed to winning, man. Just getting around the guys that I'm here to work."

Redding moved to defensive tackle in 2006 after injuries to Shaun Rogers, Shaun Cody and Marcus Bell all suffered injuries. That left Redding as the next biggest Lion on the defensive line so he was pushed to the inside.

Now in Seattle, he said the initial discussions have been that he will play at end on first and second down and move inside on third down to provide a pass-rush presence. The Seahawks tried that with Patrick Kerney at times in 2007 and Lawrence Jackson in 2008, pushing an end inside as linebacker Julian Peterson lined up at end in what Seattle referred to as its "little nickel" package with five defensive backs and a lighter defensive line oriented around speed.

Redding said that's the plan that has been discussed, but he's willing to play whenever, wherever.

"Wherever they want me, it doesn't matter," Redding said.

Redding currently weighs 297, and beginning in 2007, the Lions plan for him had been to play at 300. Now, he will lighten up as he moves back to the outside, and he said his goal is to play at 285.

"I've always been a smaller guy," Redding said. "Trying to play on that weight on the inside, was tough. It was at times tough and difficult to do."

Now, he'll be back on the outside.

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