New Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver clearly wanted to remain with Seattle, but he says the Seahawks did not want him, at least not for what he is worth. He said no one from the organization contacted him in the offseason to discuss a potential role and did not make him a fair offer.
That, he said, forced him to "resort to this, where I have to make a secondary choice, which I did."
“I’ve connected with so many people on a personal level,” Weaver said in a wide-ranging interview with the Tacoma News-Tribune. “And it’s just been a hard deal knowing that I want to be here and I made that clear to the organization a number of times, and here it is we still can’t get nothing done.
“And now it resorts to this where I have to make a secondary choice, which I did. So it makes it very tough."
Weaver signed a 1-year, $1.75 million deal that could escalate to $2.25 million. He was introduced last Friday. He chose the Birds over Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Houston or returning to Seattle.
"No, I don’t think it was fair," he said of what Seattle offered. "I don’t think I was worth that. Of course, that’s my opinion. And I believe I bring a lot to the game. And I wasn’t trying to seek anything that I thought was unreasonable. But at the same I have to also respect that they have a new system coming in. They’ve got new coaching and a new way they’re doing things, and I respect that. Of course I wanted to be there, but obviously you can’t change that aspect of the business."
Weaver said he chose the Eagles because he thought the offense presented the best opportunity for him to fit in quickly and showcase his skills in a system that he was familiar with, especially since he could be out on the free-agent market again at this time next year.
"It’s a good opportunity to show what I can do to not only Philly but other teams out there," he said. "And then if Philly offers a long-term deal, that would be great. But if not, hey man it was a great time and we move on."
He also expressed excitement at playing for a winning team and on an offense with Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook.
"No. 1, that’s one of things I looked at – they’re winning quite a bit," he said. "And that’s not to say the Seahawks haven’t been winning. We had one bad year. I think the Seahawks are going to do great next year, and I believe that they are going to the playoffs. But with the Philadelphia Eagles that played a big role. I mean what two guys would be better to be around than someone like Brian Westrbook – to be able to block for him that would be an honor. And also to play behind McNabb, who can make plays with his arm and his feet. That makes my job a lot easier."
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones addressed the release of Terrell Owens with our Paul Domowitch. Among the things Jones said is that Tony Romo will be a better QB without Owens. "Since we want to do everything we can to have Romo play his best, and since I made the decision to release Terrell, I must've thought it gives Tony a better chance to play to the optimum for the Cowboys."
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