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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Snap judgment: Could Hodel help Seattle?


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Nathan Hodel's release from the Cardinals gives the Seahawks another candidate for the snapping job they've struggled to fill since they watched J.P. Darche sign with Kansas City following the 2006 season.

Hodel was scheduled to earn $800,000 in base salary, plus a $200,000 roster bonus, from the Cardinals this season. He played in 112 consecutive games for the Cardinals since 2001. I'll check to find out about any unknown health issues. Sometimes a player gets released after failing a physical. 

Parting with a snapper isn't a big deal until snaps start flying errantly during real games. The Seahawks experienced that problem when one of Darche's less-expensive replacements, Boone Stutz, lost one during a 28-17 home defeat to the Saints in 2007.

Also from the Cardinals: They made qualifying offers for tight end Leonard Pope and nose tackle Gabe Watson at the projected levels. Both are restricted free agents.