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Friday, May 15, 2009
Followup on Alexander and older running backs

By Mike Sando

Posted by's Mike Sando

Recently finished speaking with Brock Huard and Mike Salk on 710 ESPN in Seattle about Shaun Alexander's recent comments to KNBR radio in San Francisco.

Alexander says he's ready to resume his career and that any team signing him would be getting a bargain. I question whether the league has a place for a 31-year-old running back unsuited for playing on third down or special teams.

And in looking at NFL rosters, I see five halfbacks age 31 or older: Fred Taylor, Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris of the Patriots, Kenny Watson of the Bengals and Ricky Williams of the Dolphins. That's an extremely short list given that NFL teams are carrying 85 players on average (including unsigned draft choices).

Alexander seems better suited as an emergency injury replacement. Do you think he'll get another chance in the NFL? The Seahawks are not interested. The Redskins do not appear to be interested. That could make it tough.