Overshadowed by talk of conference tournaments in college basketball and the anticipation of the Big Dance, three big moves have already taken place this week in the NFL.
Below is a recap of those, with the expectation that many more will take place before it’s all said and done...
Shaun Alexander to Remain in Seattle?
After achieving MVP status and setting NFL rushing records in 2005, Shaun Alexander is all but out as the face of the franchise in Seattle.
The Seahawks have signed running back Julius Jones, the second offseason addition to the backfield for the four-time defending NFC West champions.
Less than a week ago Seattle signed running back T.J. Duckett to a five-year contract.
This spells one thing for Alexander: double trouble.
Not only is the backfield getting a little too crowded in Seattle, but so is the budget. The Hawks now have six running backs on their payroll!
Alexander would receive nearly $4.5 million this season should the Seahawks retain him—quite a salary for a man who appears to have his days already numbered in what would be just the third season of an eight-year contract.
Apparently the Seahawks, who have endured two horrendous seasons of suffering in their running game, are ready for a change after watching two enormous injuries to the man who has carried the team since 2001.
Apparently making the playoffs for four straight years by dominating their division is no longer good enough.
Confusion is on the forefront for every Seahawk fan, and the questions are mounting faster than Seattle can reel in the running backs.
What exactly are Seattle’s plans for Alexander?
Tampa Bay and Dunn Reunite
Warrick Dunn is once again a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, just days after being released by the Atlanta Falcons, the team Dunn has spent the last six years serving.
Dunn spent his first five seasons with the Bucs, who are now fearful for their backfield after “Cadillac” Williams sustained a knee injury last season.
Tampa, who has missed three of the past five postseasons following their Super Bowl title, is looking for a double threat in their running game, hoping that Williams’ injury is not as serious as supposed.
Dunn looks to pick up right where he left off in Tampa as the franchise’s No. 3 all-time rusher.
Jon Gruden looks to utilize Dunn, who he could not hang on to following his introduction as Tony Dungy’s replacement and Dunn’s bolt to Atlanta and a bigger salary.
Tampa also added two other free agents on Monday: tight end Ben Troupe and wide receiver Antonio Bryant.
Trent Green Returns to Familiar Turf
Former Miami Dolphins quarterback and two-time Pro-Bowler Trent Green has found his way back to Missouri.
Green, who suffered his second concussion in as many seasons with the Dolphins in 2007, was kicked to the curb following the worst season in Dolphins’ franchise history. After spending six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, which also ended with a concussion, Green looked to Miami to revamp his career, only to have those dreams shattered.
Green’s career was all but over until he was cleared by medical physicians some three months ago and St. Louis decided to pick him up earlier this week.
According to FoxSports.com, Green has agreed to a deal that will pay him $9 million over the next three years.
At that season’s end Green began his tenure with the Chiefs in which he started every game for five straight seasons, and was well on his way to completing a sixth before the first concussion occurred.
This time around Green will serve as a backup for Marc Bulger, a position that coach Scott Linehan feels will be a great fit for Green.