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Originally published February 12, 2005 at 12:00 AM | Page modified February 12, 2005 at 2:29 AM

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Seahawks

Team might be eyeing Pats executive

Sources in Boston have indicated the Seahawks have received permission to speak with Scott Pioli, the New England Patriots' vice president...

Seattle Times staff reporter

Sources in Boston have indicated the Seahawks have received permission to speak with Scott Pioli, the New England Patriots' vice president of player personnel, regarding the Seahawks' team-president position.

Pioli, 39, is widely regarded as the top young executive in the NFL for his work with coach Bill Belichick in building the back-to-back Super Bowl champions.

Seahawks officials could not be reached last night to confirm that Pioli had been approached.

Pioli, under contract through the 2006 draft, said in December he intended to honor his contract with the Patriots.

Pioli was named the NFL's Executive of the Year after the 2003 season, the youngest person to receive the honor. He would immediately vault to the top of the list as the most high-profile candidate for team president among those the Seahawks have spoken to or are considering.

If the Seahawks are interested in talking to Pioli, it might provide an explanation for the time it has taken for the team to name a president. Pioli was busy with Super Bowl preparations and the Seahawks would have had to wait until the game was over to approach the Patriots.

Those believed to be candidates for the Seattle job are former Seahawks executives Mike Reinfeldt and Randy Mueller; Denver general manager Ted Sundquist; Bill Kuharich, Kansas City vice president of pro personnel; and Miami CEO Bryan Wiedmeier. Tony Softli, college scouting director for Carolina, also has been talked about but not directly contacted.

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