Of course, that's better than the zero more years you could end up getting out of Shaun Alexander, but let's not kid ourselves ... Holmgren's a way more valuable commodity at this point.
Look at it this way. If you switched Alexander with Holmgren at head coach, you'd be worse off at coach. But if you switched Holmgren with Alexander at starting running back ... well, these days, you might not lose much. Holmgren might even be better in short-yardage situations.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer speculates as to Alexander's future:
If Alexander is on the roster for the 2008 season, he will count $6.775 million against the salary cap. If he is released before June 1, the cap hit is $6.9 million. But if released after June 1, the hit is spread over two years -- $2.3 million this year, $4.6 million in 2009.
Is that kind of a cap figure worth it for a guy who averaged 3.5 yards per carry last year, and 3.6 the year before? I'm thinking no.
As for Holmgren's future, it's one more year as a 'Hawk, and after that, he'd like to set you up with a blueberry muffin and a Grisham:
"I've always wanted to buy a bookstore. You know, sell some of those muffins and a little coffee. I don't care if we make any money. I don't want to lose a lot of money, but we could visit with people and get books. People say I could never do that. I would say, 'Maybe, maybe not.'"
Hm. I've always pictured him retiring and then opening a chain of steakhouses with Craig Stadler. I don't know why I think this will happen. But if it does, I hope they call it "Tusk's Steakhouse" and they have free appetizers before 7.
• Holmgren will return for final season as Seahawks coach in 2008 / Yahoo! Sports
• Shaun Alexander's productivity tailing off / Seattle P-I
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