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Shaun Alexander: Ex-Seahawk

by Craig Edwards

Posted on April 23, 2008 at 7:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:41 PM

By Craig Edwards

What a fickle business the NFL is. On this day two years ago, Shaun Alexander had just become highest paid running back in history, and was talking all about a return trip to the Super Bowl.

Today, Shaun Alexander is unemployed.

The Seahawks officially cut the former MVP, two years removed from their Super Bowl run, and two years after signing him to a monster contract.

The move may surprise some fans, but was expected by football insiders. The NFL is a "what have you done for me lately?" league.

Blame injuries, a changing offensive line, or whatever you want, but Alexander ain't done much for the Seahawks of late.

In 2005, Alexander led the NFL with 1,880 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns. Compare that to his last two seasons combined, where he racked up only 1,612 yards and 12 touchdowns.

It's sad that Alexander's career in Seattle ended with such a thud, but this is how things are done in the NFL. The Hawks signed Julius Jones and TJ Duckett in free agency to revive their running game, making Alexander very expendable.

There isn't a lot of job security if you're an NFL back.

With the draft this weekend... there's talk about Darren McFadden and where he'll go. A lot of the talk is about how you can find running backs in the lower rounds and turn them into stars.

Let's not forget that Alexander himself was a low first round pick, and quickly supplanted Ricky Waters in the Seahawks backfield.

In other Seahawks news, don't be "shocked" if the Seahawks land Shockey. Word out of New York is that Seattle has entered the Jeremy Shockey sweepstakes, battling it out with the Saints to possibly trade for the Tight End.

Much like Alexander, Shockey became expendable when somebody else (Western Oregon's Kevin Boss in this case) came along.