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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



May 28, 2010 at 12:55 PM

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LenDale White on the way out

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Update at 1:49 p.m.: The Seahawks cut LenDale White on Friday afternoon, officially making a move that was foreshadowed when a press release announcing the move was posted prematurely just after noon.

That initial announcement was taken down, but The Seattle Times confirmed that White's release was, in fact, imminent and reported that. Just before 2, the move was officially made.

What follows is the initial blog post.

Initial post: The Seahawks are expected to cut running back LenDale White, and in fact a press release was posted on the Seattle Seahawks' Web site a little bit after noon stating White had been released.

The release is no longer posted online, and been deleted, but you can see the headline that appeared via a screen grab of the Google search:

The Seahawks have not announced the move formally, and a message left for White's agent has not been returned, but indications are that it was not a mistake and White is going to be released.

It is a surprising move to say the least. Seattle acquired White in a trade from Tennessee on the third day of the NFL Draft. The Seahawks didn't give up much to acquire White and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, sliding down a few spots in the fourth round and a few spots in the sixth.

White was in great shape, saying he weighed 219 pounds at the team's most recent practice that was open to reporters.

The expectation was White would not only be able to contribute, but he might be a candidate to start. He was slowed by a sore groin in the team's first minicamp after the draft, and was not present at the organized team activity that was open to the reporters on May 17. Carroll said White was tending to issues relating to the flooding in Nashville, Tenn.

Carroll was asked about White specifically on Monday, and in retrospect, it was clear that perhaps White was going to have to earn a spot on the team.

"We'll see how it all fits together," Carroll said of White. "He's got a long ways to go to get back in here with this club, but we're going to certainly wait it out and see how it he does."

Update at 1:41 p.m.: White will be released from Seattle. The reason for his release comes as the team decided that the level of commitment wasn't there.

Now, there are several reasons the decision is significant. This was a player Carroll had history with, having coached him at USC. This is also someone whose commitment was a question in his time at Tennessee.

The fact that he has been released about a month after he was acquired certainly speaks to the commitment that Carroll demands.

The team officially announced White's departure just before 2 on Friday afternoon. The announcement included a statement from John Schneider, the team's general manager.

"It became apparent at this time that LenDale was not ready to be a member of the Seattle Seahawks," Schneider said. "It just did not appear to be the right fit at this point in our program. We wish LenDale all the best with his future."

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