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Franchising Alexander and his automatic one-year contract -- the average of the five top salaries at the position is $6.3 million -- would give the Seahawks the flexibility to keep him or trade him.
If he's to be dealt, the Seahawks would seem well served to hire one of the engineers of the last trade of a franchise player, which turned out to be the best deal in club history.
Add Seattle Seahawks franchise halfback Shaun Alexander to join the competition for finding a trading partner in a tight, tough market for tradable running backs.
The Seahawks informed Alexander's agents Jim Steiner and Mark Heligman that they would be willing to take less than a first-rounder for their client.