Holmgren Signs Two-Year Extension

Multiple sources have confirmed that Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren has signed an extension today through the year 2008. Holmgren was going into the last year of the eight-year contract he originally signed in 1999.

Holmgren was the team's general manager as well through the 2002 season, and there has been speculation that any extension Holmgren would sign might have a provision to void the contract should he be offered a GM position elsewhere. It is not known at this time whether such a provision is part of this extension.

Holmgren spoke to the media after the conclusion of the team's seven-day mincamp last Thursday afternoon, and he said at that time that he would like to continue coaching.

Bob LaMonte, Holmgren's longtime agent, spent some days in Seattle last week, talking to team executives about extending the coach's agreement.

"They've had some good talks, and we'll see," Holmgren said at the time.

At the same time, an important new ingredient has been added to the Seahawks’ front office.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Director of Player Personnel Ruston Webster has accepted a position with the team, and is on his way to Seattle to reunite with his old friend, current Seahawks president Tim Ruskell. Webster and Ruskell cut their teeth together in the Bucs’ scouting department, starting out as bird-doggers in the late 1980s, and working their way up to the corner offices.

First Ruskell, then Webster, were named Tampa Bay ’s Director of College Scouting, then Director of Player Personnel. When Ruskell left for Atlanta in 2004 with then-GM Rich McKay, Webster became the personnel synergist in the partnership between head coach Jon Gruden and new GM Bruce Allen.

It is not known what sort of position Webster might take with Seattle , though it is thought that he will be Ruskell’s right hand, perhaps allowing Ruskell to play more of an overseer’s role. Webster, one of the brightest minds in the game, has been linked with possible upper-echelon positions in St. Louis and Miami– and like Ruskell himself two years ago, he is thought by many to be the next best candidate to make a big splash as an NFL general manager.

Stay tuned for a Seahawks.NET exclusive story on Ruskell and Webster this weekend.

SIGHTLINES AND AUDIBLES: In a story that surprised very few, the Seahawks released tackle Wayne Hunter today. Hunter had long struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness, but the clincher was his arrest over the weekend. Hunter was charged with fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief in a Renton bar on May 13. Hunter must still face the music in a 2003 domestic incident for which the NFL has suspended him twice – he has a court date on November 17, according to Mike Sando of the Tacoma News Tribune.

A third-round pick in 2003, Hunter has played in only two games in his NFL career.

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