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Originally published January 11, 2010 at 5:28 PM | Page modified January 11, 2010 at 9:39 PM

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Seahawks contacted Tony Dungy about president job last month

Former coach Tony Dungy decided he wasn't ready to return to the NFL.

Seattle Times staff reporter

The Seahawks last month reached out to Tony Dungy to gauge his interest in becoming team president.

Dungy, however, said he wasn't interested, according to John Wooten, the chairman for the Fritz Pollard Alliance, who was aware of the offer and said it was made about three weeks ago. The time frame meant Dungy was a consideration in the same time frame the Seahawks failed to reach an agreement with Mike Holmgren to bring him back as president.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance is the group that monitors compliance of hiring protocol that requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for a head-coaching vacancy or high-level football operations position such as general manager.

Wooten confirmed the Seahawks did in fact comply with the Rooney Rule before hiring Pete Carroll, a move announced Monday. The Seahawks interviewed Leslie Frazier, the Vikings defensive coordinator.

As for the potential Dungy would have headed to Seattle? Wooten said Dungy, who is working as studio analyst for NBC, decided it wasn't the right time.

"He wasn't ready to go back to the NFL," Wooten said. "He's happy doing what he's doing now."

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com

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