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Monday, February 13, 2006 - Page updated at 05:06 PM



Alexander a recruit again

Seattle Times staff reporter

HONOLULU — Shaun Alexander used to be the recruiter at the Pro Bowl, dropping a few lines to prospective free agents on the NFC and AFC rosters about signing with the Seahawks and playing for a winner.

This week, however, he was the recruit. As the NFL's most high-profile free agent to be, Alexander listened to his share of sales pitches from the other all-stars.

"That's how Pro Bowls are," he said. "You get the best players, and everybody wants to win, and at the same time you kind of want to say, 'Aw, you're a star. Come be with us.' "

Alexander said talks between his agents and the Seahawks will resume today.

The Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers already are rumored to be interested in Alexander. Neither team can officially express that, or they face tampering sanctions from the NFL. But nothing can stop players from talking.

"I never really thought I could be with another team," Alexander said. "But it was neat to be with the Carolina guys."

The Panthers' coaching staff and four players took part in the Pro Bowl.

Alexander also said he hopes the Seahawks "come correct" with their contract offer.

"If not, then we're going to play the field," he said. "I'm prepared to go off somewhere else."

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