Shaun Alexander signs contract

Shaun Alexander signed an unusual one year contract with Seattle for $6.32 million, which is the amount Alexander would have recieved if he had accepted the franchise tag contract. But that's not what is unusual.

The odd thing is that one of the stipulations of Alexander's contract is that Seattle can not use the franchise tag on him next year. This means that Alexander will be an unrestricted free agent next off-season. Additionally, Alexander has a no trade clause.

This is definitely a deal that favors Alexander, despite his insistence on not reporting to training camp unless he was given a long term deal. Now Alexander has the opportunity to make a good chunk of change this year and then find a long term contract some place else. It is hard to see Alexander returning to Seattle after the break down in his relationship with Mike Holmgren. Also, the market will most likely be better for runningbacks next off season, if for no other reason than the fact that this has been the worst off-season market for runningbacks in years.

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