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WR Ben Obomanu released?

Post by Eric Williams on March 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm with 87 Comments »
March 15, 2013 3:25 pm
Seattle Seahawks receiver Ben Obomanu (AP photo).
Seattle Seahawks receiver Ben Obomanu (AP photo).

It appears that seven-year veteran receiver Ben Obomanu’s tenure with the Seattle Seahawks has come to an end, as he said goodbye to fans via Twitter this afternoon.

The Seahawks have not confirmed Obomanu’s release.

Obomanu was scheduled to make $2.3 million in base salary in 2013 in the final year of a three-year extension. But with the addition of Percy Harvin, Obomanu would have been the fifth receiver on the roster at best, which made is salary prohibitive for Seattle to keep on the roster.

The Seahawks will save about $2.5 million in cap space by releasing Obomanu.

But by letting him go now, the Seahawks allow Obomanu a chance to catch on with another team.

Obomanu, 29, finished 2012 on the injured reserve with a wrist issue, but felt he could have came back had Seattle given him the opportunity. Known for his toughness and versatility, Obomanu finishes his career in Seattle with 87 receptions for 1,209 yards and seven touchdowns.

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  1. I had such high hopes for Obomanu in 2011 but he just couldn’t get over those drops.

  2. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    ah well we all knew it was coming, i wonder who is next?

  3. bbnate420 says:

    Always liked his moxie. We knew this was coming, even if Harvin wasn’t here. My take anyways.

  4. trout_hound says:

    I could see him getting re-signed by the Hawks for much less later on if he doesn’t get picked up. He was great on special teams anyway.

    On another note, one of my favorite former players, J-Force, was signed by the Jags. I’m sure Gus will use him more than the Texans did.

  5. bbnate420 says:

    Sarcasticus only liked him if he could get 9-10 sacks and 7-8 interceptions. Too bad.

  6. JazBadAzz says:

    Let’s go get Elvis Dumerville!
    #ChampionshipOffSeason! #GoHawks!

  7. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    wow six post without reference to a flynn trade

  8. bbnate420 says:

    I think the Whiners are going to trade their 14 2013 draft picks for Flynn. Why not?

  9. bbnate420 says:

    You’re welcome, oklahoma,

  10. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    have another drink nate

  11. Its hard to believe Obo’s career lasted this long. Its a testament to his great work ethic.

  12. bird_spit says:

    Yeah..watched Obo from day 1, just wishing he could hang on. An amazing career for him. He should be very proud.

  13. vichawkfan says:

    good luck Ben. So, is Elvis even a consideration for Seattle now? If they go for him and get him, do they cut Clemons – or can that even happen if he’s hurt?

  14. Someone is going to offer Elvis a big money deal, otherwise the agent would have sent the paperwork into Denver.

    The Seahawks now have Red Bryant, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin at DE. And I don’t even know what this all means. My guess is Bennett takes Bryant’s place and Avril takes Clemons’ place (assuming Clemons is injured) and Irvin maintains the same role as last year.

    As far as Red Bryant goes, if he can’t play inside, then what? Does he get dealt to NE?

  15. Dukeshire says:

    Obomanu was a great role player for Seattle. Capable at all three receiver positions and willingly filled any special teams role asked of him. Also, that broken / split finger was one of the nastiest injuries I’ve seen in some time. Best of luck, Obo.

  16. princeaden says:

    After all this upgrading, (along with at least 2 impact players from the draft at DT and Will) I agree this roster is LOADED !! My only fear is that I hope the Hawks are a professional and disciplined team and not a team loaded with talent , yet undisciplined and out of control (15 yard penalties, false starts, unsportsmanlike etc). Carroll teams of the past have had these problems. If He can reign this in, the sky is the limit for this group IMO.

  17. bbnate420 says:

    I’d have to had one drink to have another, hawkfaninoklahoma, but I’ll get started since I have your permission.

  18. Ewalters7354 says:

    I always liked Obo.But as the roster got more competitive I knew he would bw the odd man out.

  19. bbnate420 says:

    Obo was a very valuable player when healthy. I wish him luck. He never capitalized on his opportunity after he signed a contract after 2010.

  20. Ewalters7354 says:

    I think as the team matured the penalties started to cut down.Also once the replacement refs got sent packing.

  21. Greg Jennings signs Minnesota . . . interesting, but I’m glad to have the guy we got.

    I was also thinking further about the Harvin deal (recall that there was pushback from some about what we gave up to get him) – and here’s the question to ask, if it was SF that gave up their 1st round pick for Harvin, how would we as Hawks fans feel about it?

    I very much doubt anyone here would be saying, hooray, now they won’t have their 25th pick in the first round for us to contend with . .

  22. Ewalters7354 says:

    Nate, that’s because right after his breakout season the hawks brought in Sidney Rice.

  23. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    Nate,have one for me as well i am sick so can’t join you.
    talked to a high school buddy who works for the raiders says if palmer doesn’t restructure they will release him and target flynn if the price is right. being that he works with the QB’s he is pretty reliable.

  24. RDPoulsbo says:

    Obomanu’s career isn’t over. He just got pushed out of a stacked WR roster. As much as I’d hate to see it, he could have soft landing spots in St. Louis or Arizona.

    PC seems pretty adamant that he’s not going to cut Clemons and I don’t see Elvis really as much of an option. If anything, Branch should be starting to sweat the market and could possibly be brought back on the cheap.

  25. I’d be surprised if Obomanu makes a 53 man roster again.

  26. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    pabs, Oakland, Cleveland, Minnesota,let’s and detroit could all use a vet receiver.

  27. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    lol, have no idea where the let’s came from.

  28. freedom_X says:

    Obomanu lasted through 4 coaching staffs, so more than one staff saw his value. It was his excellent special teams play that cemented his spot on the roster, plus the fact that he was a capable player in a pinch at WR. He may not have been consistent or capable of a steady, constant role, but filling in for injury for a half or a game, or as a 5-10 snap/game sub, he was solid.

    If Seattle looks like they have weak special teams in preseason, I would not be surprised at all to see Obomanu back for season 8 in a Seattle uniform.

    I personally wanted Dumervil, but I suspect he’s not the type of player Carroll is looking for. Else they could have easily worked out a trade with Denver (better to get something than nothing) and re-done Elvis’ contract for the same or less than what Avril and Bennett are getting combined.

    Dumervil is more accomplished and proven than our signings. But he may not fit whatever criteria Carroll has, and the depth of having 2 players is a boost, especially if you want to have a constant rotation of bodies coming after the passer ala the Giants of a couple years ago.

  29. bbnate420 says:

    I think Obo can make a squad if healthy. Just not for 2.3 mil guaranteed. He is extremely versatile. A veritable McQ of WRs. He can make a 53 for the vet minimum IMO.

    hawkfaninoklahoma, I will. I have a week in a half break from school, so I got to drink while I can. Well a little over a week now actually.


  30. bbnate420 says:

    Jennings for 9.5 mil a year? I guess it depends on the guaranteed, but it smells of desperation to me.

  31. bbnate420 says:

    I hope Jennings is used to running bubble screens,

  32. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I love to see them play but I hate to see them let go. Obomanu was a survivor.

  33. Good luck Obo, we will miss you.

    Because he is a quality special teams player, I think Obo can play as #4 WR somewhere.

  34. bbnate420 says:

    I like what Casserly is saying here, but he’s a tard.

  35. Pabuwal, all due respect, but where did this idea come from that Red Bryant’s position on the team is somehow in jeopardy? I’ve heard others say this recently, and I don’t buy that for a second. Michael Bennett will not, could not, replace Red Bryant.

    As I see it, signing Michael Bennett spells the end for Alan Branch, unless he wants to come back at a home town discount – which would be good for Seattle since Branch is still the only player we have who is similar enough to Red to back him up adequately. Without Branch, Scruggs is Bryant’s backup. But I expect Branch to get a fat contract somewhere as a 3-4 DE since there are few good ones in the league and those guys get paid.

    And I don’t believe for a minute that Red is going anywhere or getting pushed to DT. He never played well at DT, and he’s a unique and thunderous 5-tech DE essential to our defense.

    Speaking of Red – is there anyone with medical knowledge here where knows about plantar fasciitis? Does it usually completely heal or does it typically recur and screw with the careers of big men like Red? That’s my one concern with him.

  36. Casserly is a “tard”. lol. now there’s a word I haven’t heard in awhile. things were funnier back when we weren’t so politically correct.

  37. Ben Obo did some good stuff for us. A very positive career here. Good luck, Ben!

  38. pabuwal,
    I’m thinking Bennett actually takes over Jones’ role as an inside pass rusher on passing downs, and he can also back up Red at the 5 tech in the base D. Jones leaves, Bennett takes over for him. That’s the way I see it. They certainly value both players the same, they gave them almost identical contracts (1 yr $5M).

    Avril takes over for Clem while he recovers, and Irvin remains the pass rush specialist. If Clem doesn’t play, we have the same number of role players at DE as we did last year: Avril = Clem; Bennett = Jones; Irvin = Irvin; Red = Red. If Clem comes back, we have an extra edge rusher, and I think there is no such thing as having too many of those.

    As for Red…Dan Quinn, the man who moved big Red to the 5 tech spot in the first place, is back. Why would he come back and change Red’s position after how successful that move was? He’s the one that thought of it.

    Carroll has said that they employ a 4-3 front (and 4-3 scheme) in their base defense, but with 3-4 personnel. Without Red, they are back to traditional 4-3 personnel. It could happen. But I actually think all these moves mean they still want two D-lines, just like last year…one for stopping the run (base d), the other for rushing the passer (nickel/dime/bandit d). The base d line for stopping the run is at it’s best with 3 big guys, and one edge rusher. The pass-rushing line is best with 2 edge rushers, and two interior rushers (Bennett and probably McDonald). The beauty of this philosophy is that players typically don’t truly excel at both stopping the run and rushing the passer. At least, you pay a premium for those that do. So build a line of guys who excel at one or the other, and put them in the game based on situations to maximize their talents. Carroll is ahead of the curve.

    But not to worry…they will probably trade Red to NE and prove me wrong : ) Bennett is one of those guys who is good at both run and pass D, so maybe he will take over for Red. Only time will tell! Go Hawks!

  39. bbnate420 says:

    Stevos, I have an aunt that is retarded. I wouldn’t like it if someone was devaluing someone that is actually developmentally disabled, but I mean tard in a different way. Just so everyone knows.

  40. bbnate420 says:

    No one would care is I called him a stupid XXXX, but the would tard does bother some people. I didn’t mean any offense to anyone.

  41. The Seahawks defense has been dominant whenever Red Bryant was 100% healthy the past three years, and the defense often struggled when he wasn’t 100%. Russell Wilson’s scoring spree late last season hid the struggled the D line had without Red healthy.

    I expect Michael Bennet to fill Clemons’ role on rushing downs, and Jason Jones’ role on passing downs.

    And I expect Avril and Irvin to both be rushing on third downs, and two years from now when Avril’s contract is up, the Seahawks will need to decide on whether to pay Avril or Irvin the big bucks depending on which guy is better at that point. In two years, I won’t be too surprised if Irvin becomes better than Avril. Irvin learned a lot from Clemons last year and he’ll learn a lot from Avril this year. But he’s still learning the game and growing up. I’m still expecting big things in time.

  42. I heard what you meant, nate.

  43. bbnate420 says:

    Plantar fasciitis can be chronic, in other words get worse over time. It really depends on how bad it is with Red. It’s a guess for any of us, unless someone here has a connection to the Hawks medical team. Being 320+ pounds certainly doesn’t help. I would think it’s a wait and see type of thing. Fascia is the covering of your muscles. A tear of such in your foot, where you’re placing a lot of weight., would hurt like a bitch for sure.

  44. bbnate420 says:

    Stevos, I think you’re right about Avril and Irvin after 2014. I would think the same applies to Red and Bennett after 2013. They will keep one of each.

  45. Bryant has only played one full year at 100%, a contract year no less. The run defense has alternated between terrible and very good since he became a full time starter in 2010.

    If the run defense is this dependent on one player with a spotty history of staying healthy and who is as one dimensional as they come, it’s not a good arrangement.

    Year after year, we all bemoan the lack of pass rush. Part of that is because of Red Bryant. Around $35 million was tied up in the DL last year and it felt like they were just stealing money at times.

    I can see Bennett moving inside on passing downs, like Jason Jones. But I also see him playing outside on 1st and second down. He seemed pretty good against the run last year for TB. I see no reason why he would have come to Seattle to only play 3rd downs. He will never get his big money contract this way. Of course, maybe we all overestimated his value and this is all he can and will ever get.

  46. bbnate420 says:

    I didn’t think you were worried about my “verbage” Stevos, to use a nonsensical NFL word, but I just wanted to make myself clear to anyone else.

  47. bbnate420 says:

    The Hawks now have many options when it comes to the D-line. We will have to wait, and it will be interesting to see how they play it.

  48. Yeah, I can’t wait to hear their plans.

  49. pabs, yes indeed I agree we could see Bennett “playing outside on 1st and second down”. I see that outside role for Bennett at RDE, not LDE. Bennett is too small to do what Red does at the 5-tech, but to my eyes he plays a lot like Clemons against the rush, uses his hands and leverage well, and fits well as RDE on 1st down, while Avril and Irvin don’t play the rushing downs nearly as well.

    I’m sure I could be proven wrong by whatever Quinn eventually decides to do, but I see Bennett as the 1st/2nd down RDE, and moving inside to DT on passing downs to let Avril or Irvin rush from the edge. In other words, I’m seeing Bryant/Bennett at DE on 1st down, and Avril/Irvin at DE on 3rd down, with Bennet at DT.

  50. freedom_X says:

    One of the reasons Tampa Bay thought Bennett was expendable is that they thought Bowers played the run better than Bennett.

    It sounds like some people need a easy scapegoat to target for the lack of a pass rush, and Red Bryant is the target de jour.

    Last time I watched, Seattle was getting killed on 3rd and long, and Bryant wasn’t playing on 3rd and long. And given that Seattle had $18 million in cap room last year, Bryant’s contract wasn’t keeping Seattle from obtaining another pass rusher. And obviously, it’s not keeping Seattle from acquiring pass rushers this offseason.

  51. Dukeshire says:

    First off, we’re unlikely to “hear” their plans. We’ll know what Carroll genuinely has in mind when OTAs begin.

    Regarding run D: over the last 3 seasons, when Seattle has been gashed, it’s not on the perimiter, it’s nearly always up the middle. Another reason I feel Red’s value, on the field, is overvalued. Emotionally? He’s a lion. But so far as scheme goes, he’s a one dimentional player whose roll *can* be filled. I know it’s not popular and I hope I’m wrong, but as I see it, his days here are numbered (unless they move him inside).

  52. Dukeshire says:

    Stevo- Dont you think Avril is much quicker than Bennett? I see Avril at RDE not Bennett in your scenarios. We’ll know soon enough… Lol

  53. Red Bryant is dealing with a very painful injury, I don’t know how he played with it. I have had plantar fasciitis it is very hard to get over stay off your feet basically. Mine did come back and it shows on X rays now as a spur and arthritis. I think it was like the muscle connecting to the bone area. the good thing is he has good doctors.

  54. bbnate420 says:

    Yes, the fascia does connect muscle to bone generally. You could think of it like a steak, your muscle, wrapped in a plastic bag, the fascia. The fascia surrounds the majority of muscles and is generally the tissue that is a conduit to a tendon. A tendon connects muscle to bone. Like the Achilles Tendon. For any Mariners fans, plantar fasciitis is what caused Jay Buhner to retire I believe.

  55. bbnate420 says:

    Red would’ve had to go on the IR for it to heal in 2012 I would bet. He did his best to play through it.

  56. bbnate420 says:

    Hopefully, he has the time to rest to get over it,

  57. princeaden says:

    I agree with Duke’s last post except for the part that we will know soon enough. I wish it was August now !!

  58. freedom_X says:

    If Bryant’s role can be filled easily, why didn’t Seattle bench him last year and put in a better replacement?

  59. Dukeshire says:

    No one said “easily”.

  60. bbnate420 says:

    Red is a monster against the run if healthy. He’s never going to be a pass rusher IMO. We now hve many options.

  61. Sorry to see any long time hawk like Obomanu leave but that’s pro sports.

    Keeping with the current train of thaught … anyone see Irvin being trained at olb (Hill’s spot)?

  62. bbnate420 says:

    No. Irvin needs to focus on adding a little weight and more importantly developing his pass rush moves.

  63. So um – Bennett officially signed yet?

  64. “You could think of it like a steak, your muscle, wrapped in a plastic bag, the fascia.”

    Mmmmm…. steak…

  65. I like the idea of resigning Obo at less $ if he doesn’t get swooped up by a team looking for a W. coast offense vet.

    Obviously move the 3 free agent moves.

    I’d like to see DT in the 2nd round. Ensure we dominate LOS against anyone!

    3rd round OG
    4th OLB
    5th TE (receiving specialist)
    6th OLB
    7th OT
    7th S

  66. * obviously love the 3 free agent moves.

  67. Singularitarian says:

    Id take a DT and Shamarko thomas

  68. I will take whoever the draft ;) – I want them to draft any guy they think can make the team better. Would love to see certain positions but If they think they will make us better in some way, I will be excited to have them.

    At this point I say BPA for each pick – I also believe that their draft board adjusts for need so totally okay with a BPA style for this year

  69. bbnate420 says:

    How do you want your Rib Eye, Sekolah? MR, Medium or Medium-well?

  70. Sylvester Williams and Brandon Wiliams are a couple of solid and athletic looking DTs who could both go in the second round. I wouldn’t be surprised if Schneider bundles draft picks to move up the second and third rounds to target guys he likes.

  71. “Stevo- Dont you think Avril is much quicker than Bennett? I see Avril at RDE not Bennett in your scenarios. We’ll know soon enough… Lol”

    Duke, yes, of course. what I meant to say was I think Bennett is a great fit at RDE on early downs and short yardage situations. While Avril or Irvin obviously belong at the Leo on passing downs. I remember when Carroll first brought in Clem. The guy he reminded me of with his techniques was Michael Bennett. WhiIe I agree with others that Bennett was brought in primarily to fill the 3-tech DT role on passing downs, I think he can also fill Clem’s role at RDE on first down, where Clem was an underrated run defender for his size, I think. We’ll see what happens at camp. I’m usually surprised. lol.

  72. WiscCory says:

    I have to confess that anytime Obomanu has been mentioned, I kinda yawn. I saw value on special teams, and that’s all.

    Hate to see anyone lose a job, especially a Seahawk who’s demonstrated toughness like Ben, however he has zero value as a receiver (on this team) as far as I’m concerned.

    I suspect a team in the division – either the Rams or Cardinals – would pick a player like Ben up for inside info on a division rival, and value on special teams.

  73. Dukeshire says:

    I too think Clem doesn’t get the recognition for being as solid run defender as he is.

  74. Stevos – I get the biggest kick out of how you think Schneider is in charge. It’s funny. Did he have the power to hire himself? Does he have final say over the 53 man roster? No and no. Mr. Happy had been hired to be a dual coach and GM type but Paul Allen said ‘no,’ as he’d already been down that road before. So they needed a puppet to work for Mr. Happy and the Hapster chose Schneider. Yes, Schneider has great pull, but he’s clearly not the one with final authority. If Schneider does make a trade it will be because of the approval of Mr. Happy. If Schneider has a trade worked out and the Hapster says “no,” you know it’s not going to happen. Does the waiter always tell you what to order at a restaurant or do you look at the menu and decide for yourself? That’s what their relationship has been described as many times with people in the know. I certainly listen to my waiter sometimes and order based on their recommendations, but usually I go with what I decide on.

  75. Its good to see all the love for Obomanu. Obo and Deon Butler are both talented and hardworking football players who couldn’t keep roster spots in Seattle. Its another sign that the depth of the roster and quality of competition has improved greatly from a few years ago.

  76. ha, Bobby, I never said Pete Carroll takes orders from Schneider. I believe what I said was “I wouldn’t be surprised if Schneider bundles draft picks to move up the second and third rounds to target guys he likes.”

    Maybe what I should have said was “I wouldn’t be surprised if Schneider bundles draft picks to move up the second and third rounds to target guys Coach Carroll wants.”

    Carroll has made it pretty clear in his comments after the past few drafts that John Schneider and his staff do a ton of work to have their board and draft options worked on by draft day, and Carroll has credited Scheider with finding opportunities for trades and in the draft. Its not all Carroll, there is a team of a dozen guys in the draft room, with Schneider working the phones. Of course I agree that if Carroll doesn’t want a particular player he wouldn’t be drafted.

  77. Sad to hear about Obomanu, but I expected him to be released.

    He had a great year in 2010 and seemed poised to take over a starting role for a couple years. He’s always been tough as nails, had great hands until recently, and was a fierce blocker (the blocking is what Ruskell drafted him for). I always thought from his limited play, that if he was a FL with a stud SE opposite him to take the double-teams, he could have been an 800-1,000 yard receiver. But he always got injured just when he was getting a chance.

    That hit over the middle that split his hand and broke fingers was as nasty as it gets; AND he held onto the ball!

    I hope he catches on somewhere and plays in the playoffs. A great guy, hard worker, and a real safety valve. He will be missed!

  78. Darrell Bevell has given some interested interviews in the past few days (one with the Big E. Eric Williams on KJR), where he said some interesting things. One thing that surprised me what that he didn’t make it sound like he was the one who pushed for the Percy Harvin trade. He said Coach came to him numerous times to ask questions about Harvin, but when the deal happened is was Carroll and Schneider who made the decision and made it happen and then informed Bevell. Somehow I always assumed Bevell would have been lobbying to bring his old favorite guys here, but he didn’t make it sound that way. Carroll had tried to recruit Harvin to USC, and never gave up.

    In any case, who wouldn’t want to be Darrell Bevell this year? What a lot of great players he has to work with. He said the toughest thing about his job with be “we only have one ball”. :-)

  79. I think he lost a little speed over the last couple seasons, and that robbed him of that little edge he needed to hang onto his job. Then again, with Tate, Rice, Baldwin, and Harvin, not too many veterans with their big salaries could make the team.

    Those of you counting him out should bear that in mind. I think someone picks him up, Detroit, St Louis, AZ, Chicago, etc could all use a utility man like Obomanu.

  80. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    bobby, i think although the final say rests with pete this is a partnership of like minds a kindred philosophy if you will. i don’t imagine they argue too much.

  81. I think it is more of a partnership as well. He certainly isn’t a puppet…that was lame, Bobby! ;-)

    I’ll miss Obo as well. Solid player and good depth. Butler’s chances of ever coming back to the team now are slim and none. I just hope someone picks these guys up because they have talent.

  82. But Pete has the final say and that’s alright with me! The man has a plan and he is executing to it.

  83. clubznorthwest says:

    Pabuwal – you wrote:
    The Seahawks now have Red Bryant, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin at DE. And I don’t even know what this all means. My guess is Bennett takes Bryant’s place and Avril takes Clemons’ place (assuming Clemons is injured) and Irvin maintains the same role as last year. As far as Red Bryant goes, if he can’t play inside, then what? Does he get dealt to NE?

    Michael Bennett was signed to replace Jason Jones on the line. Michael played in a 3-4 up front so he is a great fit and close in height and size. So to answer your question(s) I think Red Bryant stays, Michael Bennett replaces Jason Jones, Cliff Avril replaces Chris Clemens – (Injured or PUP list)for now allowing Chris to rehab and take his time getting back to 100%. We get depth later in the year!! Bruce continues to get better doing what he did last year. Hope that answers your question as to what this all means.

  84. raymaines says:

    About Obo: The NFL just isn’t very kind to seven year vet’s that haven’t established any particular identity. Just being a nice guy and a pretty good ST player isn’t good enough. God bless the man. I hope he leads a perfectly pleasant life here on earth for another 70 years and then goes to Ex-Player Nice Guy Heaven but I don’t understand how he was even employed by the Seahawks in 2012.

  85. raymaines–He was employed because Baldwin was already hobbled by multiple injuries by game one, and it only got worse. That, and Charly Martin and Jermaine Kearse, while talented, are not ready for prime time. Obomanu can do everything you expect from a WR at an NFL level, and his special teams play is exemplary.

    But yeah, he lost a step and he didnt have one to lose.

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