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The Seattle Seahawks signed former Dallas Cowboys RB Julius Jones to a four-year, $16 million contract today. Julius was one of the most talked about free agent RBs in this year’s market, if only a “second-tier” option for most teams. I think it’s an excellent pickup for Seattle. Julius was kind of phased out of the Dallas offense (164 carries, 3.6 ypc) with the emergence of All-Pro Marion Barber, so this should provide him with a great opportunity to get his career back on track.
J2 is the second free agent running back signing by the Hawks this week. The Seahawks obviously needed some help for the aging and oft-injured Shaun Alexander, but they’re not going to keep this many running backs on the team. They also added T.J. Duckett from Detroit and they’ve got Maurice Morris as well. So someone’s going to be the odd man out. And my guess is it might be Shaun. Seattle’s running game has significantly fallen off since he was the league MVP in 2005. That was when he rushed for 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns in a Super Bowl season. He’s been injured and ineffective since, and Seattle averaged just 4.0 yards per carry in 2006 and 3.8 last season.