Seahawks Sign McCrary, Stutz

New Seahawks FB Fred McCrary

For the Seahawks, replacing the newly-retired Mack Strong in a spiritual and motivational sense will be very difficult. However, rosters need to be filled, and other veterans need work. Seattle responded to the more easily addressable issue by signing 35-year-old fullback Fred McCrary.

The signing followed a Tuesday tryout at Kirkland HQ, which was first reported by Seahawks.NET. McCrary was selected in the sixth round of the 1995 draft out of Mississippi State by the Philadelphia Eagles, and spent two seasons in Philly before moving on to the Saints, Chargers, Patriots and Falcons. His three-year term with the Falcons put him in front of the eyes of Jim Mora and Tim Ruskell, two former Atlanta head honchos who currently reside in the Seahawks hierarchy.

Mora, Seattle’s current secondary coach, had this to say about McCrary in December of 2006 when he was still the Falcons’ head coach: “His role over the last few weeks has increased. Freddie is an old warhorse. He knows how to get it done. He is tough, a great leader, he is physical, he catches the ball well and he brings some energy to the team. When we can utilize him we need to.”
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Not unlike the fullback he’s replacing. Also like the fullback he’s replacing., McCrary hasn’t ever carried the ball much – more of a blocking specialist, he hit his season high in carries in 1997 with 8 for New Orleans, He does, however, have 113 career catches for 646 yards and 7 touchdowns. Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren said today that McCrary will back up Leonard Weaver at fullback.

The Seahawks actually signed two ex-Falcons on Wednesday – long snapper Boone Stutz will replace the recently released Derek Rackley, who was cut on Tuesday. Stutz tried out Tuesday as well. Stutz took Rackley’s job in Atlanta last year. The 6’6”, 259-pound Texas A&M grad played tight end in college. He bounced around with Tampa Bay before moving through Atlanta – and now, Seattle.

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