ISO: Former MVP Seeks New Team

Associated Press
Sunday, September 7, 2008

Shaun Alexander isn't bitter at being unemployed. He isn't angry at the Seahawks, who in April dumped their career rushing and touchdowns leader. He doesn't feel betrayed that Seattle cut him just two seasons after he was the NFL's MVP, led it to its only Super Bowl appearance and then signed a $62 million contract.

And, no, he isn't retiring.

Instead, the 31-year-old Alexander believes he will sign with one of a handful of teams that have provided a "constant flow of calls," including his hometown Cincinnati Bengals. His extended family in Northern Kentucky already is making plans.

"They want me to be Tres Siete," Alexander told the Associated Press, laughing at the twist on the Bengals wide receiver who formerly was known as Chad Johnson but now is called Chad Ocho Cinco to match his uniform No. 85.

Two months ago, X-rays showed the cracked bone in Alexander's left foot that ruined his 2006 season and hampered him last season is finally fully meshed again. The broken left wrist he had to begin last season is fine, too.

"Man, I'm healthy and excited to play. And I think this year can be a big year for me if I get the opportunity. I can still play the game. I think I can help a team get to the Super Bowl," he said.

Alexander said he'd sign for the veteran minimum because "I've never played for money." And he said he's willing to share roles, that he doesn't need to carry the ball 30 times a game anymore. He just wants a Super Bowl title.

Seattle cut its career leader with 9,429 yards and 112 touchdowns days before the draft because it believes former backup Maurice Morris, former Cowboys starter Julius Jones and former Atlanta lead back T.J. Duckett will combine to be more dynamic and produce better this season than Alexander did in his last two years.

"I think that it won't be long before a team calls that says, 'Just go do what you do,' " Alexander said.

· CARDINALS: Center Al Johnson was placed on injured reserve, sidelining him for the season. Johnson hurt his knee in training camp and had surgery in early August.

Replacing Johnson on the roster was center Pat Ross, who was elevated from the practice squad. Ross was claimed by the Cardinals on waivers from Carolina on Aug. 1.

· COWBOYS: Dallas signed wide receiver Mike Jefferson off its practice squad, giving the Cowboys a potential fourth wide receiver for their season opener. Offensive lineman James Marten, a third-round pick in 2007, was released to make room on the 53-man roster.

· 49ERS: San Francisco added quarterback Alex Smith to its injury report, listing him as doubtful for today's game against Arizona with another problem in his surgically repaired right shoulder.

Shaun Hill will be the backup against the Cardinals.

· BILLS: Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters ended his holdout and reported to the team.

Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said Peters had reported and that questions about his physical and roster status won't be answered until after today's home game against Seattle. Peters won't play against the Seahawks.

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