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Seahawks RB Alexander signs one-year deal

KIRKLAND, Wash. (July 27, 2005) -- Running back Shaun Alexander has signed the Seattle Seahawks' tender as their franchise player, avoiding a possible training holdout.

Alexander signed the $6.32 million contract on July 26, the team said on its Web site.

"We're excited to have him in the fold," club president Tim Ruskell said in a statement on the Web site. "This is great for the team, and we look forward to seeing him practice on Friday (July 29)."

Alexander is coming off a franchise record 1,696 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns last season, but missed the NFL rushing title by one yard.

Alexander criticized coach Mike Holmgren after Seattle's season-ending win over Atlanta, saying he was "stabbed in the back" by Holmgren because the coach had called a quarterback sneak that Alexander felt cost him the rushing title. He later apologized for the remarks.

Seattle won the NFC West last season with a 9-7 record, but lost to St. Louis 27-20 in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

The agreement prevents the Seahawks from placing the franchise tag on Alexander at the end of this season, which means he could become a free agent next year if he doesn't agree to a new long-term deal with the team. Alexander must also approve any possible trade during the season.

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