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Thursday, May 20, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.
By José Miguel Romero
Jay Nienkark's unemployment lasted just 13 days, a rarity in the world of pro sports' front-office turnover.
Nienkark, who spent seven of the past 12 years as the salary-cap manager for the Arizona Cardinals, has joined the Seahawks in the same capacity.
The 40-year-old Nienkark, who was fired by the Cardinals on May 6, also will assist with player contract negotiations.
The Seahawks had not had someone to oversee the salary cap since Mike Reinfeldt resigned in February over a contract issue. Reinfeldt left just before the start of free agency, and the Seahawks had to navigate through contract talks and tendering offers to their own free agents without a salary-cap manager.
Nienkark, the Cardinals' former director of player administration, will hold the same title with the Seahawks. He worked closely with Seahawks general manager Bob Ferguson when Ferguson was Arizona's general manager from 1997 to 2003.
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