The Seattle Seahawks have been mum on the situation in regard to running back Shaun Alexander, but today the Seattle Times is reporting that Alexander is as good as gone and has played his last game for the Hawks. The paper says that a source close to the situation claims that Alexander may be released as tonight or Wednesday. The back is the all-time leading rusher for the Hawks, but he was told at the end of last year the team would look at free agent backs.
Seattle did sign backs T.J. Duckett and Julius Jones, and it looks now that those two signings will mark the end of Alexander’s career in Seattle. It was just two seasons ago that Alexander was the NFL MVP, as he ran for 1,880 yards and 27 TD’s. He was a leading force as the Hawks made their first ever Super Bowl appearance, losing to the Steelers in Super Bowl XL in Detroit, 21-10.
The past two seasons for Alexander have been frustrating. He has been hurt, playing 10 games in 2006 and rushing for 896 yards, and last season in 13 games he ran for 716 yards and four touchdowns. In eight seasons with the Hawks, Alexander has rushed for 9,429 yards and 100 rushing touchdowns, with another 12 TD’s receiving.
Once he’s on the market, there will be a number of teams that will look at Alexander, among them may be the Lions, Bears, Eagles and Cardinals, all teams that have had their eyes on backs this offseason.