Engram Stays, Hamlin Goes

The Hawks re-sign the veteran WR and let the hard-hitting safety go to Dallas in today's Seahawks-related news.


Like A Fine Wine, Engram's Worth Still Evident with Age

The Seahawks re-signed veteran WR Bobby Engram today to a multiyear deal, ending his status as an unrestricted free agent. Engram had spent some time with the Saints recently but came home in a move that likely sees him retire as a Seahawk. Terms of the deal are not known at this time.

Even with a prominent, young and talented receiving group, the Seahawks know how much Engram's leadership and clutch performance means to the team.

"We are glad to retain Bobby," Team President Tim Ruskell said. "He has been an integral part of this offense in recent seasons and will continue to bring veteran leadership in the locker room."

Since coming over from Chicago in 2001, Engram has proved to be one of the most clutch receivers and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's favorite go-to guy on third downs.

With the Seahawks Engram has played in 80 games, 43 of them as a starter. His finest season came in 2005 while Darrell Jackson was hurt for most of that season. In that championship year, Engram led the team with 67 catches for 778 yards, with three touchdowns.

Engram ranks sixth in Seattle history in receptions (258), seventh in yards receiving (3,223) and 10th in touchdowns receiving (12). For his career, Engram has 504 catches for 6,054 yards and 29 touchdowns.


The Hammer Era Draws To an End

With all the recent signings by the Seahawks to help bring a more cerebral, veteran element to the secondary, safety Ken Hamlin found himself the odd man out.

The Dallas Cowboys signed the hard-hitting safety to a $2.5 million, one-year deal on Friday.

Hamlin, a second round draft pick in 2003, came back admirably and courageously from a vicious assault that resulted in extensive head trauma in a fight at a downtown Seattle nightclub. Yet, he seemed to get beat deep several times on big plays, a symptom suggested by his habit of going for the big hit instead of stopping the receiver from making the catch.

The Seahawks signed safeties Deon Grant and Brian Russell during the first week of free agency, a move that effectively ended Hamlin's career in Seattle.


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