Womack, a fourth-round draft choice in 2001 from Mississippi State, has split time between the guard and tackle positions. He has subbed at left tackle during Walter Jones’ multiple training camp holdouts and provided valuable depth along the offensive line. Now it will be his goal to take the next step to full-time starter - quite possibly at right guard, although he’ll most likely be asked to use his versatility as well. He will not have to take Jones’ place in 2005’s camp – Jones was inked to a long-term deal in the offseason.
The Seahawks continue the re-signing of their offensive linchpins, with Womack, Jones and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck among those who have signed new contracts. Running back Shaun Alexander received the one-year franchise tender from the team – a tender he has not yet signed. Alexander has been the subject of multiple trade rumors.
Still, there is much to do. The team has lost several key defensive players (defensive end Chike Okeafor was signed by the Cardinals, cornerback Ken Lucas received a six-year, $36 million deal from the Carolina Panthers, and linebacker Anthony Simmons was released) with no real replacements in sight. In addition, valued backup QB Trent Dilfer signed a four-year deal with the Cleveland Browns – a deal which will allow him to start in the NFL again.
But Womack’s contract at least points to signs of life in Seattle’s front office.