Free Agent Fullback in Future?

With the retirement of Mack Strong, and blocking issues continuing to plague Seattle's offense, Seahawks.NET takes a look at available free agent fullbacks who might "fit the suit" on a short-term basis.

Cory Schlesinger

The 35-year-old veteran was signed by the Dolphins to a two-year, $2 million contract in March. The idea was that he'd be the lead blocker for Ronnie Brown, but Schlesinger was released by Miami during final cuts on September 2nd. Schlesinger spent the first 12 years of his career with the Detroit Lions, where he gained a reputation as one of the toughest blockers in the NFL.

However, his role was minimized by Mike Martz's new offense in 2006 - not unlike former Lions and current Seahawks tight end Marcus Pollard. It was reported that Schlesinger was considering retirement after his release, but he'd be an interesting solution to Seattle's blocking problems. His speed and quickness are fairly well gone, but he might have enough for a few more I-formation hits.

Zack Crockett

September 1st was a black day for some fairly big names, as the Oakland Raiders released safety Donovin Darius, third-round draft pick defensive end Quentin Moses (now with Arizona) and veteran fullback Crockett. Crockett had lost the starting fullback job in Oakland to Justin Griffith, and after 14 years in the league, he's a decent blocking option who could make time on special teams.

His durability might give him an edge - he hasn't missed a game in six seasons. Crockett also came on as a receiver to a point in his final three years with Oakland.

Patrick Pass

The eight-year veteran missed most of the 2006 season because of a foot injury. After seven years with New England, Pass signed with the Texans was released on final cuts. Like may players, Pass was noted for his versatility during his time with the Patriots, lining up at tailback, fullback, slot receiver, and excelled on special teams. He's not strictly a blocking back, and his injuries might give the Seahawks pause - he dealt with a hamstring injury before his release from Houston.

Fred Beasley

The veteran from Auburn is a load at 6'0" and 246 pounds, and he's a leader as well - he's most renowned for getting on the case of receiver Brandon Lloyd in 2004 when Lloyd was getting a bit full of himself. Beasley spent his first eight seasons with San Francisco, then with Miami, then with Washington. He's a heady player with some blocking ability, and his character is impeccable - if there's anything left in the tank, Beasley might be a decent short-term fit.

Troy Fleming

A sixth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2004, Fleming has bounced around the league lately, but he might be a very good fit here. He's a decent blocker with size (6'0", 245) and pass-catching ability. Fleming didn't make final cuts in Denver (who signed him after the Titans said goodbye), but there's some potential there.

Josh Parry

Hey, haven't we seen this guy before? Parry, of course, was traded to the Seahawks in September of 2006 for an undisclosed 2008 draft pick, placed in injured reserve in November with a foot injury, and cut this September. He's a "maybe' if healthy, but the Seahawks might be looking for someone less risky from an injury perspective.

William Henderson

The 36-year-old is worth mentioning in that he's a tie to Mike Holmgren's Green Bay past, but his diminishing role and eventual release from his old team speaks volumes as to his future.

Omar Easy

Easy was selected in the fourth round of the 2002 draft by the Chiefs, but didn't get a lot of reps. He's a converted fullback who's also seen limited time with the Raiders, and he's a decent blocker and good runner between the tackles.

Chris Hetherington

Age, and the ascent of Moran Norris as a blocking fullback, signaled the end of Hetherington's tine in San Francisco, and the 12-year veteran of several teams found himself on the outs. As with most fullbacks his age, he's lost most of his speed and explosiveness, but he might be a short-term fix in certain situations.



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