LenDale White’s honeymoon with the Seattle Seahawks came to an abrupt end this afternoon, as the Seahawks announced the 25-year-old running back had been released.
“It became apparent at this time that LenDale was not ready to be a member of the Seattle Seahawks,” said General Manager John Schneider. “It just did not appear to be the right fit at this point in our program. We wish LenDale all the best with his future.”
It’s a surprising ending to the brief tenure of White with Seattle, who appeared to be the front runner to earn the starting running back job in a competition that included last year’s runners, Julius Jones and Justin Forsett, and newcomer Leon Washington.
White had not seen much time on the field during offseason workouts, heading back to Tennessee to take care of personal matters relating to flooding that had taken place there. And while at practice, White had not received a lot of reps because he was nursing a groin injury.
Weight was not an issue, as White came in at 219 pounds and joked about having to bulk up before training camp started.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who coached White at USC, hinted that his former player still had a ways to go after practice on Monday.
“He’s physically capable of carrying a little bit different approach to the game – he was as much as probably 250 at times,” Carroll said on Monday. “We’ll see how it all fits together. It has a long ways to go. We are going to certainly wait it out and see how he does.”
White is in the final year of his contract that would have paid him $1.75 million in base salary for the 2010 season. Seattle gave up little to secure White’s services from Tennessee, getting the bruising runner along with defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson by swapping fourth and sixth-round picks with the Titans.
With White gone, Seattle now has Jones, Forsett, Leon Washington, Quinton Ganther and Louis Rankin at the running back position.