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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Will Herring: Free agents leaving makes room for bigger contribution

HeraldNet: NFL DRAFT: Seahawks have some roster holes to fill: "The Seahawks lost kicker Josh Brown and reserve linebackers Niko Koutouvides and Kevin Bentley in free agency, and long snapper Jeff Robinson is not expected to be back, so now the team has several new areas to address on Day 2 of this weekend's NFL draft.

Brown was one of the most consistent kickers in franchise history, while Kouotouvides and Bentley emerged as leaders on the coverage units.

All three players have possible replacements already on the roster -- veteran kicker Olindo Mare was signed earlier this month, and young linebackers Lance Laury and Will Herring could be ready to make bigger contributions on special teams -- but the voids are likely to be addressed in the draft as well.

The Seahawks also are looking for a long snapper after going through three different snappers during the 2007 season. The latest, 38-year-old Robinson, is not expected to return to the NFL"

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