Could the career of one-time NFL MVP Shaun Alexander be over? It depends on who you believe, but a recent article on CBSSportsline.com suggests that Alexander is done as a back in the NFL. The 05 MVP was released awhile back by the Seahawks, and despite his high profile, is still unemployed as training camp nears about a month away.
Alexander did talk to two teams that we know of, the Bengals and Saints, but neither seem to be in much of a hurry, if any, to sign him. In the article, one NFL GM says that the main reason Alexander was such a good back was due to the Hawks O-line and blocking schemes that allowed him to gain chunks of yards. There could be some truth to that since Alexander was never the same back after the team lost OL Steve Hutchinson to the Vikings two years ago.
After the 2005 season, Alexander struggled in 2006 and 2007, coming off an 1880 yard season in 05, he put up 896 yards in 10 games in 06, and 716 yards in 07. He also struggled with injuries, as up until the 2006 season he had played in 16 games in each of his first six seasons. The last two seasons, he’s only been able to play in 23 of 32 games.
If the GM is right and Alexander is indeed done, it will be a dramatic free fall for a back that rushed for 43 touchdowns in the 2004 and 2005 seasons combined. The Seahawks may have realized that his speed and durability have been his undoing, and that dumping him now was the only answer. We’ll likely find out soon if the other 31 teams in the league feel the same way. So far, most seem to be on that page as well.