Draft means competition for some Seahawks veterans

May 1, 2013, 5:04 PM | Updated: Apr 8, 2016, 10:51 am
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By Brady Henderson

Pete Carroll insists the 2013 Seahawks will still be a run-first team even though Russell Wilson will have a year of experience under his belt and Percy Harvin at his disposal.

That means they’ll still have plenty of use for a fullback.

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Michael Robinson

“It’s part of the basic running game that we feature, the two-back stuff,” Carroll said during the draft. “It’s a big deal to us.”

Less certain is who will be playing that position for the Seahawks after they drafted LSU running back Spencer Ware in the sixth round with the intention of making him a fullback. Michael Robinson has played that position for Seattle the past three seasons, leading the way for Marshawn Lynch and what has become one of the league’s best rushing attacks while also serving as a special-teams captain.

Robinson, though, is 30 years old and is scheduled to make $2.5 million in 2013, the final year of his deal with the Seahawks.

“Mike Rob’s done a great job for us, and we expect him to continue to do that. But he’s really played the position all by himself for a while, so fortunately we have a guy now that can play both spots,” Carroll said. “It does get tough on the roster to fit those guys together, so we’re expecting that Spencer’s got to do a lot.”

The video below includes thoughts from Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby about other Seahawks veterans who appear to be on the spot based on positions the team addressed in the draft.

You can listen to Wednesday’s show here.

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