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Thursday, March 24, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 a.m.


Notebook: Receiver Pathon visits Hawks

The Seattle Times

KIRKLAND — As the Seahawks try to snare a dependable veteran receiver, Jerome Pathon was in town yesterday to take a physical and visit with coaches.

The former Washington Husky spent the past three seasons with the New Orleans Saints, averaging 40 catches and 561 yards per season.

Pathon, 29, is the fourth receiver in whom the Seahawks have expressed interest this month. Joe Jurevicius visited the team last week, and Travis Taylor canceled a visit when he chose the Minnesota Vikings.

The Seahawks also are among several teams who have been talking to the Washington Redskins about acquiring receiver Rod Gardner. But no one wants to give up a third-round pick for a player in the final year of his contract, and Gardner — a four-year veteran — apparently prefers to become a free agent in 2006.

The best of the other remaining receivers on the market are Corey Bradford (Houston), Kevin Johnson (Baltimore) and Tai Streets (Detroit).

Hawks have 10 picks

With 10 picks in the draft (April 23-24), the Seahawks have trade ammunition. But two of the picks aren't going anywhere because compensatory picks may not be traded.

Seattle received a third-rounder and seventh-rounder this week as compensation for lost free agents in 2004, so those picks — the 98th and 254th overall — will remain in the team's hands.

The Seahawks could, however, trade the fourth-round pick they received from the Cleveland Browns for quarterback Trent Dilfer this month.

The Seahawks also retained their original seventh-rounder because receiver Jerry Rice did not satisfy conditions — likely playing time — of the trade that brought him from the Oakland Raiders last October. The team released Rice last month.


• The San Francisco 49ers are trying to sign OG Chris Gray, who has spent the past seven seasons with the Seahawks. Floyd Womack, who re-signed with Seattle this month, is expected to take over Gray's starting spot at right guard.

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