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Seattle's free-agent kicker Josh Brown signed his one-year, $2.078 million tender, meaning the player that the Seahawks franchised last winter will be kicking for them this fall. The two sides will continue talking about a long-term contract, but they haven't made significant progress toward one just yet. The highest paid kicker in the game is Indianapolis' Adam Vinatieri, who makes an average of $2.4 million per season.


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KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Shaun Alexander might still have a broken foot, something he doesn't want confirmed just yet.

The Seattle Seahawks' star running back said Monday his left foot, broken for the final four months of last season, may still be cracked as he begins the 2007 preseason.

The 2005 NFL MVP doesn't want to know for sure until after his team's veteran minicamp ends Thursday.

"I don't even want to get another X-ray until after this camp," a smiling Alexander said after his fourth consecutive day of occasionally carrying the ball during no-contact, no-pads drills. "If the X-ray shows it's still cracked, it's like, 'OK. What does that mean?' "

The club dismissed the report and, rather than comment directly about Alexander's health, pointed out that of all the media who particpated in the interview with Alexander, only one featured the remarks about his foot.

Last winter, team doctors finally cleared Alexander to play because they deemed remote the risk of completely breaking through a crack in the fourth metatarsal. He sat out seven weeks because of an injury that began as a severe bruise sustained when a Detroit Lions tackler fell on it during the season opener.

In his second game back, Alexander plowed through the snow for 201 yards on a Seattle-record 40 carries against Green Bay. He averaged 112 yards per game over the final six weeks of the regular season, and finished the year with 896 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in 10 games.

In the NFC playoffs, a bobbled snap on fourth down in Chicago territory helped the Bears stop Alexander short of a first down late in the fourth quarter of a tie game. The Seahawks would have been in position for a winning field goal with a first down, but Alexander claimed he would have scored his third touchdown that day had that key play's timing been right.

That would have gotten Seattle into its second consecutive NFC Championship Game, despite Alexander's broken foot.

"I've got a good story to tell my kids. And an even greater story when I have grandkids," he said, chuckling as usual.

"OK, [I] didn't get 1,500 yards or the 20 touchdowns I always shoot for," said Alexander, who led Seattle into the Super Bowl during the 2005 season as the league rushing leader with 1,880 yards and 28 scores, then a league record. "But I played the whole year on a broken foot and almost had 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"I'm not complaining about that. A lot of teams would take 850 yards and seven touchdowns."

While the Seahawks wouldn't say back then -- or perhaps really didn't want to know -- whether the crack in the foot had completely mended, Alexander started both of Seattle's postseason games. He ran 26 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns in that bitter loss at Chicago that ended the Seahawks' season on Jan. 14.

"I think everyone was shocked when we X-rayed it after the Bears game and it was still cracked," Alexander said. "I was like, 'Uh-oh.'"

Yet Alexander, who signed a $62 million, eight-year contract with $15.1 million guaranteed before last season, put away the bone stimulation machine he had been using each night through Christmas. Then he changed his offseason workout routine.

In his previous seven offseasons, the native of Florence, Ky., returned to where he starred at the University of Alabama to work out with a personal trainer. This winter, Alexander stayed in the Seattle area to train with the Seahawks' strength and conditioning staff.


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Seattle Seahawks starting center Chris Spencer, troubled by persistent shoulder problems during a recent minicamp, will not need a second surgery at this time, and will rehabilitate for the rest of this week in Birmingham, Ala., in an attempt to reduce his discomfort.

After experiencing soreness last week during the minicamp, in which he did only limited work, Spencer visited earlier this week with noted orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews for follow-up opinion. Andrews repaired both of Spencer's shoulders in the offseason, but determined that further surgery was not indicated.

Had surgery been required, Spencer likely would not have been recovered in time for the start of training camp in late July, and there were fears he might miss the entire season. Spencer's representatives said Andrews was confident that non-surgical rehabilitation will improve the condition of the two-year veteran.

There is no definitive timetable for Spencer's return to the field, and he could miss most of the remaining offseason workouts, but should be ready to camp. Andrews will continue to re-evaluate Spencer's progress.

The health of Spencer, the Seahawks' first-round choice in the 2005 draft, is critical to a Seattle offensive line unit that is coming off an uneven performance in 2006, and which might undergo some changes this year. Losing the young center would be a major setback.

After appearing in just seven games as a rookie, Spencer started 13 games in 2006, five at left guard and then the final eight games of the campaign at center. The former Ole Miss star, regarded coming out of college as one of the best center prospects of the last decade, is seen as a player who could emerge in time as a Pro Bowl-caliber blocker.

With Spencer unable to participate in the minicamp, 14-year veteran Chris Gray moved to center, where he started 34 games from 1998-2000, with the No. 1 unit. But the Seahawks would prefer Gray stay at his normal right guard spot. The team's longtime starting center, Robbie Tobeck, retired after the 2006 season.


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With Kelly Herndon now no longer on the roster, Kelly Jennings is expected to become a key piece of the Seahawk defense.


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KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -Just as he expected, Matt Hasselbeck was a cheerleader during the Seattle Seahawks' first day of minicamp.

``Good start!'' yelled the quarterback who is recovering from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, clapping his hands after a short pass completion on the first play of a drill. Then he slapped the hands of each player in the offense's huddle.

What Hasselbeck did not expect was that the pass he was cheering was his own. And the huddle was his, not backup Seneca Wallace's.

The Pro Bowl and Super Bowl quarterback from two seasons ago was back Monday running the starting offense through an entire practice for the first time since surgery in January repaired torn cartilage in his left shoulder.

``I am happy that the surgery went so well and I haven't had any setbacks and I'm so far ahead of schedule,'' Hasselbeck said of the Jan. 18 procedure by noted specialist Dr. James Andrews, which repaired an injury Hasselbeck first sustained three years ago.

``Early on, I was hoping to be able to throw a little bit in this camp. Now, I'm really not limited at all in this camp.''

Except perhaps in accuracy. Hasselbeck, who had a career-high completion percentage of 65.5, a team-record passer rating of 98.2 and an NFC-best 24 touchdowns during the 2005 season, his last healthy one, scattered more bad passes than usual onto the rain-slicked turf on Monday.

``I've still got some things to work on,'' he said. ``I haven't been throwing a ton. I've been throwing two times a week, three times a week, which is less than I would normally be doing at this point. But I'm confident that things will be ready to go when they need to be.''

So is coach Mike Holmgren.

``There are no restrictions, but he is working through some of the rust, I would say,'' Holmgren said. ``I think he is fine, physically.

``He threw enough good balls today that he is close.''

A lot closer than five months ago, when the Seahawks said Hasselbeck ``should be ready for training camp at worst, if not before.''

But then he began working in the weight room at team headquarters so fiendishly that receiver Bobby Engram said, ``I bet he has the keys to the place, being in and out of it so much rehabbing.''

Hasselbeck's workouts have apparently been so aggressive, Seahawks doctors told him Monday to back off.

``There's some things I still need to be smart about in the weight room, because it hasn't been that long,'' Hasselbeck said after the meeting with the team's medical staff.

``I'm not getting tackled, obviously,'' he said. ``I don't feel anything at all.''

He felt almost everything last season, including failure. Hasselbeck sprained a knee and missed four games. He played through two broken fingers after he returned. He had his worst season statistically since his first as Seahawks starter in 2001, completing 56.6 percent of his passes, his lowest rate in five seasons. He threw 15 interceptions in the regular season. With three more interceptions in two playoff games, he had the most over an entire season in his eight-year career.

A year after winning the NFC championship game, Seattle lost in the second round to Chicago.

Hasselbeck is still talking about the void left last month when the Seahawks traded Darrell Jackson, the veteran receiver who shared an uncanny chemistry with him. Former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch is moving into Jackson's role as lead strong-side receiver - or will resume doing so once he returns from his honeymoon.

Holmgren joked that Branch ``might not be worth much'' on Tuesday, when he is scheduled to rejoin the team.

Hasselbeck sounded proud to say he picked out Branch's wedding gift himself instead of leaving it to his wife. He also sounded eager to develop a Jackson-like rapport on the field with Branch, acquired from New England in a trade last September.

``That's something that's going to be important,'' Hasselbeck said. ``That was definitely something that I was thinking about when I was trying to get back earlier.''


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SEA - OL Womack Has Two Knee Surgeries

Source: Jose Miguel Romero, Seattle Times

Seahawks OL Floyd Womack had two bilateral arthroscopic knee surgeries Thursday, and will miss the remainder of June minicamp. Womack, who will likely be a backup for the Seahawks this season, is expected to recover in time for training camp.

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The fact nagged quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and his Seattle Seahawks teammates, and became a topic of conversation in team meetings.

Why, for five straight seasons, had the losing team in the Super Bowl failed to make the playoffs the next year?

"It didn't make sense to us," Hasselbeck recalled during his recent vacation on Nantucket. "Coach [Mike] Holmgren talked a lot about it, saying he didn't know why, or what it could possibly be, but his message was to make sure we weren't one of those teams. We felt like we were a team on the rise, not the decline. Our focus was, 'Let's beat this thing.' "

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Deion Branch is on the move, and his quarterback believes the receiver will have a big year. "I expect his TDs to go way up," Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. Branch totaled 53 receptions and four touchdowns in his first season with the Seahawks in 2006. Hasselbeck explained that Branch most often lined up at the team's "X" position, which is on the weak side of the formation (non-tight-end side) and normally reserved for bigger, stronger receivers in the West Coast offense. This year, Branch is moving to the "Z", an outside spot on the tight-end side. It's the spot veteran Darrell Jackson played for most of the last seven seasons, totaling 63 catches and 10 touchdowns in 2006.

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The NFL's Monday deadline for franchised players to sign multiyear contracts before the season passed with the Seahawks and kicker Josh Brown unable to come to terms.

That means Brown will play this season for $2.078 million, the amount of the franchise tender he signed a few months ago.

The Seahawks and Brown's agent had hoped to get a long-term deal done but could not before the deadline. Negotiations must stop until early next offseason, at which time the Seahawks can choose to franchise Brown again or let him go to free agency if they feel they can't sign him.

Since Brown has signed the tender, he is required to report to training camp when veterans are expected to be in Kirkland by July 28.

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Seattle signs third-round pick DT Mebane

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -Third-round pick Brandon Mebane signed with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, leaving just two draft choices unsigned with training camp starting at the end of this week.

Mebane, a defensive tackle from California, was taken with the 85th pick. The 6-foot-1, 314-pound Mebane is expected to join Seattle's rotation on running downs. The Seahawks' defensive front was depleted by injuries last season.

Mebane earned first-team all-Pac-10 honors as a junior and senior at Cal. He started 31 of his 41 career games.

Maryland cornerback Josh Wilson, Seattle's second-round pick, and Miami defensive end Baraka Atkins, a fourth-rounder, remain unsigned. Seattle's rookies are scheduled to report on Thursday.

The Seahawks did not have a first-round selection after trading that choice to New England for wide receiver Deion Branch.


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Seahawks top pick Wilson "hoping" to sign, report on time for camp

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -Josh Wilson is fast - but apparently not at everything.

The Seahawks' top choice in April's draft still had not signed a contract Wednesday, leaving his agent merely ``hoping'' to avoid the speedy cornerback and kick returner being late for his first NFL training camp. Seattle's rookies are due to report on Thursday.

``We're hoping so. We're close. But we're not done,'' agent Brian Mackler said.

The Seahawks expect Wilson, a 5-foot-9 cornerback with a 40-yard dash time in the low 4.3-second range, to report on time as their last rookie signed. He would follow third-round pick Brandon Mebane, a defensive tackle, and fourth-round pick Baraka Atkins, a defensive end, as the last ones to reach deals this week.

Veterans are due to report Saturday, the day before the first practice.

Last-minute rookie signings are nothing new in NFL summers. Teams wait for top picks to sign around them to determine the market's current value, then offer a comparable going rate - lately in four- or five-year deals.

The Seahawks are expecting Wilson, the son of former NFL fullback Timothy Wilson, to play plenty this season. Coach Mike Holmgren and defensive coordinator John Marshall have both stated that the former standout at Maryland is a leading candidate to be both the nickel back and Seattle's new kickoff returner.

``If he doesn't get a starting job, he is going to push the starters up to another level,'' Marshall said after Seattle drafted Wilson 55th overall. ``He will be very good for us.''


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Seahawks sign top pick Wilson; all rookies report to camp on time

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -The Seahawks are already starting faster than they have in four years.

For the first time since 2003, Seattle signed all its draft choices before the start of training camp. The final one came Thursday when top pick Josh Wilson agreed to a four-year contract just before rookies were due to report.

Agent Brian Mackler refused to confirm financial details for Wilson, a 5-foot-9 cornerback from Maryland with 4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash. The Seahawks expect the 55th overall choice to win the nickel back job on passing downs and become their kickoff returner.

``It is a four-year deal and a very, very good deal for Josh,'' Mackler said when reached by telephone.

By comparison, the Philadelphia Eagles signed defensive end Victor Abiamiri, the 57th overall pick, to a four-year contract that reportedly averages about $800,000 per season. At the top of the second round, Paul Posluszny, the 34th overall choice, signed a four-year deal with the Buffalo Bills that includes $2.55 million in guaranteed money and is worth a total of $4.75 million.

Seattle also signed defensive end Baraka Atkins, a fourth-round choice. To make room on the roster, the team waived former University of Washington running back Kenny James.


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DEF - SEA - FS Babineaux Out 3-4 Weeks With Bone Bruise

Source: Danny O'Neil, Seattle Times

Seattle Seahawks FS Jordan Babineaux had tests taken on his right leg on Sunday after suffering an injury in the first practice of training camp. The tests found no fractures, but he's out for the next three to four weeks with a bone bruise.

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Seattle receivers Hackett, Burleson competing for a starting role

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -Nate Burleson curled himself around the body of linebacker Lofa Tatupu just enough to stick out his left paw and grab the dart from quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. The one-handed catch drew 'oohs' from teammates.

Before Seahawks' coaches could fully process the play, D.J. Hackett crawled over rookie defensive back Josh Wilson to make an equally dazzling diving grab in the end zone.

It was just Day 2 of training camp, but one of the few decisions the Seahawks face - who starts opposite Deion Branch at wide receiver - could be quite entertaining.

``The receiver thing is going to be interesting, let me just leave it at that,'' coach Mike Holmgren said. ``Branch will start, (Bobby) Engram will play and we will see what goes with the rest.''

The competition at receiver between Hackett and Burleson is one in a handful of offensive changes for the Seahawks. There is a new tight end (Marcus Pollard) and possible spots available on the offensive line.

Experience and depth at receiver gave general manager Tim Ruskell the flexibility to move wideout Darrell Jackson right before the draft in April. He was traded to San Francisco for a fourth-round pick.

To accommodate the trade, Branch moved from the split end position he played in his first season with the Seahawks to Jackson's former flanker role. The void is expected to be filled by Burleson or Hackett.

``I don't really come out on the field every day competing against D.J. Hackett. I go out and compete with myself and push myself to be the best receiver on the field,'' Burleson said. ``If I can do that then I know at the least on game day I'm going to get the ball thrown my way because I've been doing it in practice.''

Burleson was Seattle's splashy signing in the offseason following its NFC championship and Super Bowl loss to Pittsburgh. He was snatched away from Minnesota as the Seahawks' rebuttal to the Vikings signing of offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, a deal almost equal in numbers to Hutchinson and one that brought Burleson back to his hometown.

Seattle hoped Burleson would be a speedy a downfield target they previously lacked. Instead, Burleson's first season had a disappointing start. A thumb injury, the arrival of Branch and Holmgren using fewer four-wide receiver formations left Burleson languishing. He finally found a niche as a kick returner that eventually led to more chances in the passing game.

``The hardest thing for me was dealing with confidence issues about my thumb,'' Burleson said. ``That basically followed me for the whole season.''

Hackett also started slowly in his third season with the Seahawks, but by the middle of the year was getting consistent playing time and developed into one of Hasselbeck's favorite options.

Seattle's coaches have always liked Hackett's raw skills and his 6-foot-2, 208-pound frame. But Holmgren admits they thought Hackett was a little too ``casual'' when he arrived in Seattle.

``He has learned to do things our way and has done a great job that way,'' Holmgren said.

Hackett hopes to continue impressing Holmgren.

``I just take it as a compliment of what I'm doing on the field,'' he said. ``They see my hard work and the plays I'm making.''


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SEA - WR Hackett Not Assured Of Starting

Source: Ryan Divish, Tacoma News Tribune

After the first day of training camp, Seahawks HC Mike Holmgren labeled WR D.J. Hackett the favorite to start opposite Deion Branch. "Hackett has the inside track now" Holmgren said. "Right now if we were lining up to play a game Hackett would be there, but he hasn't played long enough and in enough games to say this is done." After day two, Holmgren was less optimistic. "That was yesterday," he said. "The receiver thing is going to be interesting. (Deion) Branch will start, (Bobby) Engram will play and we will see what goes with the rest." On the third day, Hackett was away, and Nate Burleson put together yet another solid practice, effectively making himself a viable candidate for that vacant slot. "It's very much open," said WRs coach Nolan Cromwell.


Realistically, the race comes down to Hackett and Burleson. Second-year player Ben Obomanu and rookies Jordan Kent, Joe Fernandez, Courtney Taylor and Chris Jones are a few years away from seriously competing for a starting job.

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