Strong re-signs with Hawks

Three feartured running backs, three different head coaches, numerous starting quaterbacks and thousands of fans have enjoyed the presence of Pro Bowl fullback Mack Strong over the past 12 seasons. Today the veteran lead blocker agreed to terms on a three-year deal that almost assures he will end his career as a Seattle Seahawk.

ESPN's Len Pasquarelli reported this afternoon that Strong and the Seahawks reached agreement on a three-year $3.16 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $500,000.

When the Seahawks re-signed Shaun Alexander to a lucrative deal earlier this month it was assumed that Strong would quickly follow because of Alexander's affection for his lead-blocker and the fact that Strong had intimated he wanted to return to the Emerald City.

Strong was an undrafted rookie free agent in 1994 when he made the Seahawks roster for Tom Flores' final season as the head coach.

He then paved the way for 1,000-yard season by Chris Warren, Ricky Watters and Alexander.

He's never put up big numbers -- his best season carrying and catchin the ball was in 2003 when he rushed for 174 yards and caught 29 passes for 216 yards -- but his leadership and devestating blocks set him apart.

Following the 2005 season Strong finally received the well-deserved recognition he was due when he was voted into the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.


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