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Milloy quietly mulling over future in Seattle

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

Mum remains the word on whether or not Seahawks veteran free agent SS Lawyer Milloy will return for a 16th NFL campaign. Last season, Milloy tied for second on the team in tackles (88) and tied a career-high four sacks. Ideally, we hear the Seahawks wouldn't mind if the four-time Pro Bowler returned in 2011 to serve as a coach on the field for fellow Seahawks S Earl Thomas, who the team believes is a major star in the making, and continued to provide a strong presence in the locker room. The big question could be the amount of playing time the Seahawks actually have in mind for Milloy, who is 37 years old and remains in great shape (only six missed games his entire career) but has become prone to the kind of coverage breakdowns he had on Greg Olsen's 58-yard TD catch early in Seattle's 35-24 playoff loss to the Bears.

"He has given no indication of what he wants to do," said one daily team observer of Milloy, who has turned into much more than just a spare part in Seattle's defense. "When he first came back to Seattle, he was expected to be a sub, but he became a decent starter again, and now they could be looking for him to share the load a lot more at strong safety with (2010 fifth-round draft pick Kam) Chancellor. Can Milloy accept a lesser role after getting used to starting again? That could be the key."

 

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