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Report: Seahawks release RB Alexander
NFL wire via Yahoo! ^ | 04/22/2008 | staff

Posted on 04/22/2008 3:27:30 PM PDT by BJClinton

CARSON, CALIFORNIA (TICKER) —The Seattle Seahawks evidently have cut ties with star running back Shaun Alexander.

The Seahawks have released Alexander, according to a report Tuesday by the NFL Network.

The 2005 league MVP, Alexander has been hampered by a variety of injuries over the last two seasons.

Alexander, 30, is recovering from offseason wrist surgery and underwent a physical this week. The all-time rushing leader in Seahawks franchise history, Alexander appeared in 13 games - 10 starts - last season, rushing for just 716 yards and four touchdowns.

Those numbers constituted Alexander’s lowest rushing and scoring totals since his rookie season in 2000. It also marked the second straight season that Alexander missed significant time since signing a $62 million contract in March 2006.

The Seahawks indicated their intention to cut ties with Alexander earlier this offseason when they brought in free agent running back Julius Jones, who signed a four-year deal on March 7.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Alexander arguably was the NFL’s most productive running back over a five-year stretch from 2001-05, rushing for at least 1,175 yards and scoring at least 16 touchdowns every season during that stint.

Alexander capped that run in 2005 with the best season of his career when he ran for 1,880 yards and 27 TDs, an NFL single-season record at the time.

But after signing the eight-year contract which made him the richest running back in NFL history, Alexander struggled with injuries during the 2006 campaign, rushing for 896 yards while missing six games to nurse a broken foot.

The 19th overall draft selection in 2000, Alexander has spent his entire eight-year career with Seattle, rushing for 9,429 yards and 100 TDs.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: alexander; seahawks
Man, how the mighty have fallen.
1 posted on 04/22/2008 3:27:30 PM PDT by BJClinton
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To: scott says; Perdogg; mainepatsfan; misterrob

ping!


2 posted on 04/22/2008 3:29:02 PM PDT by BJClinton (I will make a fortune when I figure out how to slap someone through standard TCP/IP.)
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To: BJClinton

from the penthouse to the outhouse.


3 posted on 04/22/2008 3:29:22 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: BJClinton

And to think that we almost drafted him instead of Sebastian Janikowski...


4 posted on 04/22/2008 3:30:38 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Let's Get Cup Crazy! Let's Go Sharks!)
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To: GOP_Raider

The drunken Polish placekicker. I saw this coming, but how many Seahawks can you name besides Hasselbeck and Alexander?


5 posted on 04/22/2008 3:32:16 PM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: darkangel82

Oh, there’s Mack Strong and Itula Mili for a while (who I don’t think plays for them anymore) and then I get to hear all about the great Jim Zorn and “oh hey remember when Shawn Alexander ran all over you in that Sunday night game in 2001 at Husky Stadium???!?!”

(Can you tell I live in de facto Seahawks country?)


6 posted on 04/22/2008 3:44:35 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Let's Get Cup Crazy! Let's Go Sharks!)
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To: BJClinton

“and underwent a physical this week”

Something tells me this didn’t go well because the Seahawks could of used him as major trade bait in the draft.
I’m sure Sean can still contribute in a backup capacity and score some touchdowns for the right team, but that wasn’t going to happen in Seattle. He’s always been soft when it came to blocking to help the team. Give that and his injuries, he needs to go to a team that won’t demand he block at times. Holgrem had enough of that crap.
He’s only effective in situations where you have a left side offensive line that can open up huge holes. Worked great in Seattle when we had both Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson to create a hole you could drive a semi though. Steve’s signed with Minnesota and Sean lost his yellow brick road.

Thanks for the memories Sean and that magic 2005 season.


7 posted on 04/22/2008 3:46:31 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: GOP_Raider

Yep, but aren’t those two career backups? I get it down here, but for college ball. I thought I’d NEVER hear the end of it after OSU collectively wet their pants against the Gators.


8 posted on 04/22/2008 3:46:47 PM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: darkangel82

Pretty much. But I usually say something like “oh what was that, I couldn’t hear you over the sound of our 3 Super Bowl rings clanging together.” :) That makes them angry and then they go for more Starbucks lattes...


9 posted on 04/22/2008 3:49:22 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Let's Get Cup Crazy! Let's Go Sharks!)
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To: darkangel82

Steve Largent..:)


10 posted on 04/22/2008 3:53:02 PM PDT by BGHater ("If any question why we died/ Tell them, because our fathers lied")
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To: 4everontheRight; ABG(anybody but Gore); Abbeville Conservative; admiralsn; akorahil; albee; ...

ping!


11 posted on 04/22/2008 3:53:08 PM PDT by Perdogg (Reagan would have never said "She's my girl")
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

You sound just like my son,he’s a sports broadcaster down in Bowling Green,Kentucky. We were talking about Sean today. He is a hometown boy here,he went to school with my daughter and they were friends,so I really wanted to see him do well.


12 posted on 04/22/2008 3:55:06 PM PDT by red irish (Gods Children in the womb are to be loved too!)
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To: BJClinton; 4everontheRight; ABG(anybody but Gore); Abbeville Conservative; admiralsn; akorahil; ...

NFL PING



FReepmail scott says to be added to, or to be taken off the NFL Ping list...


This is a fairly high volume ping list

13 posted on 04/22/2008 3:55:14 PM PDT by scott says
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To: Perdogg

Don’t step on my toes Dogg....shesh. Bad timing.....


14 posted on 04/22/2008 3:57:16 PM PDT by scott says
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To: scott says

Fine, I’ll just get my posse after you! ;)


15 posted on 04/22/2008 4:00:53 PM PDT by Perdogg (Reagan would have never said "She's my girl")
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To: darkangel82

Don’t forget he also was addicted to Rohypnol, the date rape drug. A player only Al Davis could love.

Seahawks sent 6 players to the pro-bowl in 2008:

Julian Peterson - 4th Pro Bowl
Walter Jones - 7th Pro Bowl
Patrick Kerney - 2nd Pro Bowl (2008 = 13 sacks, Defensive player of the month, 26 qb hits)
Marcus Trufant - 1st Pro Bowl
Matt Hasselbeck - 3rd Pro Bowl
Lofa Tatupu - 3rd Pro Bowl(every year he’s played in NFL so far)


16 posted on 04/22/2008 4:03:18 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
That's five more than the Giants sent. Teamwork does count (and a bit of luck doesn't hurt, either).
17 posted on 04/22/2008 4:13:20 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: red irish
Sean was loved up here for years, but I think his career is coming to an end. He might be able to contibute to some team in need, but not as the starting RB. Something tells me that broken foot he had is never going to be 100% which is going to make him even more relunctant to use his body to help with some blocks. Its a hard injury to come back from if your a RB.

I wish him well. He was a classy guy and never got into trouble off the field, unlike that dumb drunk idiot Jerramy Stevens.

18 posted on 04/22/2008 4:14:32 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: BJClinton

I never understood why an NFL team — especially in the salary cap era — would spend an exorbitant amount of money on a player at a position where careers are notoriously short.


19 posted on 04/22/2008 4:17:49 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

If I had to pick active players that are a lock to get in the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, Jones is on my short list.


20 posted on 04/22/2008 4:25:12 PM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: Alberta's Child
Because the yearly salaries are not guaranteed. Shawn no longer gets paid the big money now that he has been cut. Seattle, and Shawn himself, probably knew at the time that the odds were heavily against him being physically able to play out that contract. Hence the importance of the signing bonus and the guaranteed initial payment(s).
21 posted on 04/22/2008 4:25:39 PM PDT by Diplomat
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

The Seahawks signed Julius Jones from the Cowboys for a pretty decent contract. Jones has been a disappointment the last couple of years, but he might bloom under the right circumstances. I hate to see Alexander get cut at 9500 yards. I would have liked to have seen him hit the 10,000 club.


22 posted on 04/22/2008 4:25:51 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Alberta's Child

Part of his signing bonus was really a reward for the years he was considerably under paid. RBs that have a power style of running and take lots of hits don’t last long.


23 posted on 04/22/2008 4:26:55 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: sionnsar
WA ping???
24 posted on 04/22/2008 4:27:57 PM PDT by The SISU kid (I feel really homesick all the time & so do all the other aliens.....)
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To: Pharmboy

Won’t take anything away from Giants with only 1 pro bowler picked. They played as a team and did everything they needed to do to win through the playoffs and superbowl. Great organization. Plus they utterly embarrassed the Patriots and beat the crap out of Brady. How sweet is it.


25 posted on 04/22/2008 4:28:24 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: The Pack Knight

Yep.
He’s been the best OT in the league for years now. 7 damn pro-bowls for a OT is amazing in itself. OT’s have a very short shelf life.


26 posted on 04/22/2008 4:35:30 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: BJClinton
Careers for starting running backs in the NFL are getting shorter and shorter. It's a rare guy who's going to have more than three or four good seasons at that position. It's the most physically punishing position in sports, and those who play it are increasingly becoming a disposable commodity.

While it's always tough to see great athletes go, guys like Jim Brown and Tiki Barber who get out while they can still walk probably have the right idea.
27 posted on 04/22/2008 4:37:41 PM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

A year or two ago, Walter Jones was listed as the 2nd highest paid player in the NFL after Peyton Manning. The 3rd-highest paid player was Matt Hasselbeck.


28 posted on 04/22/2008 4:40:14 PM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
We are in agreement (season Giants ticket holder here).

I believe the Giants SB win will have a significant effect on the draft this weekend in that pass rushing DEs and LBs will move up in the draft even if they're one-dimensional. When you can stack 4 legitimate pass rushers up in the front 7, you're always in the game--as my beloved G-men proved.

I still can't believe we beat Green Bay...

29 posted on 04/22/2008 4:41:55 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

As a NY Football Giants fan, I look forward to next weeks draft. I’m sure their very talented GM Reese will continue to make selections that will fit into their championship rosters. 7 of his 8 picks last year played a valuable role in their championship run.
As for Alexander, a very good player, not a hall of famer. A lot like Tiki Barber in that regard. Although Barber went out near his peak and Alexander is several steps slower than he was when he ran for 1880 yards.


30 posted on 04/22/2008 4:44:39 PM PDT by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: darkangel82

Sign+him,+Phil.


31 posted on 04/22/2008 4:46:01 PM PDT by cleveland gop
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To: Pharmboy
Looking back on the playoff run, I can't recall a championship team that made as many stupid mistakes as the Giants did, yet still won. Whether it be the fumble on the return of the Farve interception, the missed FG by Tynees. Smith popping the ball in the air, having it picked in the superbowl. And Blackburn on the field on 4th down. That tired the Giants defense out a bit, and lead to the Pats last TD. The Giants clearly are the most talented team in the NFL, and I emphasize team, if they're able to give their opponents so many breaks and yet still win.
32 posted on 04/22/2008 4:49:18 PM PDT by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: BGHater

Cortez Kennedy
Deion Branch


33 posted on 04/22/2008 4:51:03 PM PDT by misterrob (Obama-Does America Need Another Jimmy Carter?)
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To: Diplomat

Yeah but there has to be a cap hit for this year since these contracts do have bonus money that gets spread out. If you cut the guy then I believe that you eat all of his remaining unallocated bonus coin.


34 posted on 04/22/2008 4:53:14 PM PDT by misterrob (Obama-Does America Need Another Jimmy Carter?)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

The beat the Pats on what amounted to a phenominal catch and during the play a choke hold on the Pats’ D-lineman that the refs missed but SI showed inadvertantly. That and the Pats DBs couldn’t hold onto a few pick offs that Manning was trying to serve up.

The two teams had played each other only 5 weeks earlier where the Pats won by a whopping 3 points. Tough game the first meeting, tough game the second meeting.


35 posted on 04/22/2008 4:57:11 PM PDT by misterrob (Obama-Does America Need Another Jimmy Carter?)
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To: Pharmboy

Yeah but there are going to be 3 guys taken on the O-line in the top ten. And, a team with a smash running attack will grind down a team with a speed D-line. 275 lbs doesn’t hold up against 310 lbs plus for 30 plus running plays.

It always depends on the match ups, execution and coaching plan from week to week.


36 posted on 04/22/2008 5:00:58 PM PDT by misterrob (Obama-Does America Need Another Jimmy Carter?)
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To: mainerforglobalwarming
Y'know, one of the key points in them winning through their playoff run and the SB was the very simple fact that they missed VERY FEW TACKLES! In the first few games of the year, it looked like they all were standing around, waiting for someone ELSE to make the tackle, but boyoboy, they missed so few tackles in the run to the SB...incredible.

And while I agree that they are talented, I don't think there's THAT much difference in talent level among, say, the top 20 teams in the NFL. Sure--there are the Bradys, the Tomlinsons, etc., that are clearly elites, but it is the intangibles, the moment that a team truly comes together that seems to make the difference.

My G-men proved that last year...

37 posted on 04/22/2008 6:00:05 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy

You’re right the talent level is very close in the NFL. And they did tackle great.


38 posted on 04/22/2008 6:03:24 PM PDT by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: misterrob
Oh...no argument there. I was only making the point that speed rushers have increased significantly in value this year.

A 310 pound OT who can do the 40 in 4.6 will always be sought after...Jake Long is still the top guy in this draft. And, me being a Wolverine, could not make me happier. We should have 2 or even three in the first round (Manningham being the second guy in the round).

39 posted on 04/22/2008 6:09:57 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: darkangel82

Jim Zorn. and . . . . . . Brian Bozworth.


40 posted on 04/22/2008 6:17:24 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Checkmate Cruiser")
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To: neodad

Oops. Bosworth. Forever remembered by being run over by Bo Jackson.


41 posted on 04/22/2008 6:18:56 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Checkmate Cruiser")
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To: BJClinton

What a racket. 30 years old and you’re finished. Old. Geezer. No tread left on the tire.


42 posted on 04/22/2008 6:23:39 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Libertina; steel_resolve; angry elephant; snowsprite; American in Israel; Gator113; Horusra; ...
Thanks to The SISU kid for the ping.

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Say WA? Evergreen State ping

FReepmail sionnsar if you want on or off this ping list.

Ping sionnsar if you see a Washington state related thread.

43 posted on 04/22/2008 6:29:14 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: darkangel82
marcus trufant.....

too bad about Sean....good player and he will be missed...

44 posted on 04/22/2008 6:42:59 PM PDT by cherry
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To: BJClinton

Hope the Stillers get him - they need an alternative to Fast Willie.


45 posted on 04/22/2008 7:21:10 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Nope. Not gonna do it.)
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To: darkangel82
The drunken Polish placekicker. I saw this coming, but how many Seahawks can you name besides Hasselbeck and Alexander?

The only one one I can name is Franco Harris. I was grateful to them for giving him a job after his skills had deterriorated and the Steelers let him go. I was rooting for him to become the all time rushing leader at the time, but his body fell apart and Walter Payton eventually zoomed past him.

That was back in the early 80's, when I first realized that Jim Brown was a racist.

46 posted on 04/23/2008 6:14:11 AM PDT by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: misterrob

15 million was the gauranteed morney on the 6 year contract. I’m not totally certain that the cap hit has to be spread equally across all years. Do you know the rules on this? I thought the teams have leeway. If so, they may (or would) have already taken most of the cap hit during the past two seasons. If the hit has to be spread equally across all years, then it is only 2.5/year for the next 4.

I haven’t heard the talking sports media state that there is any cap hit with Alexander’s cut. Given that Jake Long just got 30 million guaranteed for 5 years, I think Seattle won’t be effected by this amount. Miami better hope Jake Long doesn’t come with Tony Mandaritch feet.


47 posted on 04/23/2008 9:04:06 AM PDT by Diplomat
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