Both sides are very interested in putting a deal together, and Morris has no more visits scheduled anywhere else. Miami also wants Morris back, but Morris would want to know what the lay of the land would be as far as the running back situation. He wouldn't return if both Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown were there, because of his reduced chances of seeing any real time in the backfield.
Seahawks Team President Tim Ruskell earmarked Morris some time ago, perhaps in his pre-Seattle days in either Atlanta or Tampa Bay. Word is that Ruskell really likes Morris on and off the field. Morris was told that he'd see time as a third-down back (he's known as a quality receiver) and on special teams.
In 2005, the 6'0", 218-pound Morris carried the ball 16 times for 58 yards and a touchdown in an offense where Brown and Williams made playing time for any other back near-impossible.
Morris' best season was in 2004, when he rushed 132 times for 523 yards and 6 TDs.
Bottom line? Maurice Morris is pretty much gone, according to our source. And if Tim Ruskell has his way, Sammy Morris will replace him.
We have also learned more about the KFFL report, in which Sean Jensen of the Pioneer Press was quoted, that RFA WR Nate Burleson, currently with the Minnesota Vikings, will visit with the Seahawks. Seahawks.NET has learned that Burleson will most likely be in town on Thursday.
The Seahawks see Burleson as a #2 receiver, which would put Bobby Engram back in the slot for the most part.
The Vikings tendered Burleson to the minimum qualifying offer of $712,000. If he is signed to an offer sheet by another team and the Vikings decline to match it, Minnesota would receive a third-round draft choice.
Regarding the idea that there's a possibility that Burleson's signing could be related to Steve Hutchinson's offer sheet from a compensation standpoint – that is a no-go. In other words, the idea that Seattle could ask for Burleson without giving up a draft pick in exchange for a promise not to match the offer sheet is not permissible under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. One deal would not have anything to do with the other.
Burleson had a bit of a down year in 2005 after spraining the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 18. He caught 30 passes for 328 yards and a touchdown, despite missing several games. In 2004, Burleson led the Vikings with 1,006 receiving yards, becoming the ninth player in team history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving. Ranked seventh in the NFC with nine touchdown receptions, and his 91-yard punt return for a touchdown against Indianapolis was the longest in the NFL in 2004 and the second-longest in team history. He finished the season with 68 catches and 25 punt returns.
A graduate of Seattle’s O-Dea High School, the 6’0”, 189-pound receiver was quoted by Jensen as being excited by the prospect of a hometown return. "I always loved the Seahawks and Sonics, because I was a hometown guy,” Burleson said. His parents still live in the Seattle area.
Hopefully, we'll have some breaking news on Burleson by the end of the week. Stay tuned for more details as they happen.