Seahawks adjusting to RB White-out

Posted June 06, 2010 @ 6:28 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

In one fell swoop — in the wake of LenDale White's stunning release 35 days after being obtained in a trade with the Titans on the third day of this year's draft — it appears the Seahawks are back to square one at running back. With White losing weight, looking great and saying all the right things to the local media, a fair number of daily team observers had penciled him in as the Seahawks' most likely No. 1 back. But with White's actions painting a far different picture than his words, it didn't take long for head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider to abruptly end White's reunion with his former coach at USC before it even started.

"Schneider said LenDale just wasn't the right fit, and that was exactly the case," said one source on the scene who was baffled by White's relative inactivity and apparent sense of entitlement since joining the team. "In the last camp, he just wasn't working at all the way Pete Carroll normally demands that his players work. You'd think he'd know better."

But, for better or worse, White didn't, which has resulted in RBs Julius Jones and Justin Forsett moving back to the top of the depth chart — at least for the time being. "They still want to add a physical presence (which they had hoped White would provide), but there don't appear to be a lot of options," the source said.

Rumors persist that the team could go hard after former first-rounder Marshawn Lynch, who has made it clear how much he would love to escape Buffalo. "But the latest I'm hearing, is that the Bills do not want to get rid of him (Lynch)," the source said. "The Seahawks could revisit that, though, if the Bills are willing down the road.

"As for now, the Seahawks seem to see something in Julius Jones that nobody else does. Carroll loves Forsett, and they are planning to get (injured trade addition Leon) Washington back at some point. They also like Quinton Ganther, because he can play fullback in a pinch and runs hard."


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