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News » Seattle Seahawks Inside Slant 2009-03-30


Seattle Seahawks Inside Slant 2009-03-30


Seattle Seahawks Inside Slant 2009-03-30
Now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, ex-Seattle Seahawks fullback Leonard Weaver had a few parting shots directed at the front office of his former team.


Weaver said he wanted to remain with Seattle, but that the team did not pursue him during free agency, and he ultimately signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal that could go as high as $2.5 million if he reaches incentives because the Eagles will give him the best opportunity to showcase his versatility as a blocker, pass catcher and runner.

"I felt like if they wanted me to come back to the organization, they would have put me in contact with someone involved in the offense, or somebody who's looking and saying, 'Hey, we maybe would want to use this guy in this offense,'" Weaver said. "But nobody did, so I kind of felt like, 'Okay, at least I know where I stand in terms of what direction they want to go.'"

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that, according to a team source, the Seahawks did have interest in Weaver at a certain salary level and would have begun working with him had he signed, but that it would be counterproductive for the coaching staff to discuss specific roles with players who aren't under contract.

Weaver also said there was a division in the locker room last season, stating that Jim Mora's eventual takeover as the team's head coach may have contributed to Seattle's 4-12 season.

During his interview in Philadelphia, Weaver addressed that issue.

"I think it affected us as a team a lot," Weaver said. "Some players, I think in some sense, it kind of got divided. The team divided a little bit. Some guys were for Mike (Holmgren), some guys were for Jim. And, you know, I think when you make a move like that, that's not the best move for a team. However, it was what it was."

Seahawks running back T.J. Duckett, signed by Seattle team president Tim Ruskell last offseason and who played for Mora while in Atlanta, responded to Weaver's statement in an interview with a Seattle-area radio station.

"I never felt the focus was on who was going to be the coach next year," Duckett said. "It was all on our opponent and what we had to do to win the next game."

Weaver later attempted to clarify his statement.

"I'm not a mind reader," he said. "Everybody's agenda is different, but I think it may have had something to do with it for some players because with the new regime coming in and you knowing it's going to happen, it kind of puts you in a position as a player like, 'Man, I don't know if I'm even going to be here next year. I don't know if this guy wants me as a part of his team.'

"We're all great players, and we all know that. But at the same time, we didn't know what (Mora's) direction and what his plan was. ... So it was a little tough, I think, and it could have caused some distractions for some players."



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 30, 2009

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Leonard Weaver Name: Leonard Weaver
#43
Position: RB
Age: 25
Experience: 4 years
College: Carson-Newman
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