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September 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

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Jordan Babineaux to Seahawks: "No hard feelings"

Posted by Percy Allen

Talked to Jordan Babineaux before practice and the seven-year veteran has a new lease on his football life after being released Sunday and re-signed Tuesday.

Here's most of the interview.

"They called me Sunday and told me that they were going to release me. Monday night, I got a phone call from John Schneider and he pretty much expressed his sincerity and apologized for how the situation was handled. They really wanted to know what I felt and how I felt in coming back. I'm like, yeah I don't want to play for no other team to be honest. In 2010 I see myself being a Seahawk there's no question about where I was going to play. We spoke again. We spoke Tuesday morning. We were able to get it done and he and I talked about what my role would be and the things I saw myself accomplishing this year and the things that they wanted me to take ownership of. I'm here now and I'm ready to move forward. It was a crazy weekend, but not it's over."

(What's your role?) "Go back to being that plug-in guy. A guy who can come in on third down and be a nickel and dime guy. A guy that's first to go in in emergency situations. Really I'm back to being that move-around guy, which is good for me and I'm eager to accept the situation because I miss playing inside. I really do. That's where I was able to make most of my plays and kind of earn the name a little bit. You know the name."

(Are you upset or bitter?) "I understand football. I haven't been around here six years because I look good and I dress good. Although that is part of the reason. I understand the business part of the game as well. It was no hard feelings. It was pretty much a wake-up call for me and a chance for me to actually appreciate and understand that I'm blessed to be in a opportunity and be given an opportunity to be in the situation and the position that I'm in. I just learned to accept and appreciate it more. I thank them for having me back and they apologized for handling the situation the way it went down."

(Did you not appreciate football before?) "When you have something and you lose it, then you want it back so bad that you'll pretty much do whatever for it. That's kind of how I felt and I think they felt the same way when they lost me. They felt like they lost a valuable part, a valuable piece of what we need to do and who we need to have on the field to be successful for the year. They think and thought highly of me. It's just an appreciation for what we do. A lot of times, we take a lot of things for granted. We have luxuries at home that people don't even have. Like hot water. It's easy for us to go to the faucet, turn it on and expect hot water. I can give you a bunch of situations. You can go to a Third World country and they got to go outside to take baths and use the bathroom. It's just human nature. Being here for six years, it was good living. I was comfortable. I was in a situation where I knew everyone. The staff was good. The organization was great. Now I'm just really, really taking a new approach to being back."

(How does the many roster moves a week before the season-opener affect the locker-room continuity?) "The thing is you better gel and you better gel quick. If you don't know the guy's name next to you, you better go introduce yourself and find out. You don't never want to go into war, or go into a game or go into battle with a guy that you can't feel comfortable with. I have to get to know you. I need to know and feel and understand you and you need to know and feel and understand the same way about me. The good thing about it, we have a veteran group. Although we've gotten younger, it's up to guys in the secondary. It's up to myself, Kelly (Jennings), Tru (Marcus Trufant) and Lawyer (Milloy) with his experience to bring the guys in and help facilitate whatever they need, whatever understanding that they don't have."

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