Skip to comments.Report: Seahawks release RB Alexander
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 Alexanders 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 NFLs 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.
from the penthouse to the outhouse.
And to think that we almost drafted him instead of Sebastian Janikowski...
The drunken Polish placekicker. I saw this coming, but how many Seahawks can you name besides Hasselbeck and Alexander?
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?)
“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.
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.
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...
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.
Don’t step on my toes Dogg....shesh. Bad timing.....
Fine, I’ll just get my posse after you! ;)
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)
I wish him well. He was a classy guy and never got into trouble off the field, unlike that dumb drunk idiot Jerramy Stevens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
You’re right the talent level is very close in the NFL. And they did tackle great.
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).
Jim Zorn. and . . . . . . Brian Bozworth.
Oops. Bosworth. Forever remembered by being run over by Bo Jackson.
What a racket. 30 years old and you’re finished. Old. Geezer. No tread left on the tire.
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too bad about Sean....good player and he will be missed...
Hope the Stillers get him - they need an alternative to Fast Willie.
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.
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.