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Friday, March 24, 2006

Seahawks Re-Sign Mack Strong and Add Heller



From Mike Kahn at Seahawks.com:

Every day passes and the roster of the Seahawks continues to swell.

This time, it’s a couple of new faces joining an unfailingly familiar one.

Friday afternoon it was the re-signing of All-Pro fullback Mack Strong to a three-year contract, while adding defensive tackle Russell Davis and tight end Will Heller to multi-year deals as well. Both come on the heels of signing defensive end and special-teams leader Joe Tafoya to a new contract on Thursday.

Strong, 34, was named to the Pro Bowl and voted All-Pro for the first time in his 13-year career last season – certainly a key performer in Seattle’s run to the Super Bowl. More specifically, his blocking helped tailback Shaun Alexander gain 1,880 yards rushing to win the NFL rushing title and score 28 touchdowns – the league’s all-time record.

Signed as a free agent out of Georgia in 1993, Strong rushed for 78 yards on 17 carries during the regular season and caught 22 passes for 166 yards. His biggest play as a Seahawk came during the post-season when he gained 53 yards on eight carries. Midway through the fourth quarter of the divisional playoff game against the Washington Redskins, Strong ran off tackle for 32 yards – the longest run of his career – on a third-and-six, ultimately setting up a 31-yard Josh Brown field goal that put the game away.

In his career, Strong has carried the ball 193 times for 741 yards and four touchdowns, while catching 180 passes for 1,225 yards and 10 touchdowns. Strong is third in club history with 180 games played behind only Joe Nash (218) and Steve Largent (200). Strong is also the only multiple winner of the Steve Largent Award. He has won the award four times (2001, 2002, 2004 & 2005).

The 6-6, 250-pound Heller, 25, spent his first two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, originally joining the team as an undrafted free agent from Georgia Tech in 2003. After playing the first seven games of 2005 with the Miami Dolphins, he rejoined the Buccaneers to finish the season. For his career, Heller has played in 26 games with three starts totaling 15 receptions for 114 yards and three touchdowns.

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