"I didn't feel like I could become the kind of player I wanted to become at Tennessee because of past history of things, maybe things that weren't always right," White told The Tennessean. "But I'm not mad about it at all. I get another chance to prove myself."
White gets that opportunity in Seattle with his former head coach at USC, Pete Carroll. White joins a crowded backfield, with holdovers Julius Jones and Justin Forsett competing with White and Leon Washington for playing time.
Carroll believes White, 25, can still perform at a high level in the league, now that he's focused on keeping his weight down. White, who reportedly ballooned up to 260 pounds at one point during his time in Tennessee, is down to 230 pounds.
"He's always been a guy who has a nose for the end zone," Carroll said. "He was the all-time leading scorer in the Pac-10, so this is a guy who knows how to get in the end zone. And he's continued to do that. ... And that would be a really nice attribute to add to our offense if that's what he does."
--The grades are out, and the Seahawks have received mostly high marks from national media outlets like ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and the NFL Network for their performance in this year's draft.
Several draft experts have given Seattle 'A' grades for the type of players they added through the draft, including impact players like Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung, Texas safety Earl Thomas and Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate.
Now Carroll wants to get his new players on the field so he can begin putting the pieces together and see how they fit in the team's plans for the future. He'll get his first opportunity during a three-day, post-draft camp that begins April 30th.
"We're going to get to match guys together and we'll keep them out late sometimes at practice, just to do some little things to find out and figure them out so that we can best use their abilities," Carroll said. "The sooner that we can figure that out the farther we'll go with them."
--Seattle announced some minor moves this week, releasing cornerback DeAngelo Willingham and punter Tom Malone. The Seahawks also agreed to terms with long snapper Matt Overton and safety Quinton Neal.
Overton was previously on the roster in 2010, but released in March
Teal is entering his fourth season in the league. He played his first three years with Carolina, starting four games for the Panthers in three seasons. Teal was a restricted free agent for Carolina but not offered a contract with the team.
Teal also participated in Seattle's pre-draft camp as a tryout player, but was not extended an offer at that time. He adds depth to a safety group that includes Jordan Babineaux, Jamar Adams and rookies Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's so good and has such great ability, it almost looks effortless when he's putting somebody on his back. And the reason for it is how hard he works. He wasn't some superstar who took days off. He's also one of toughest human beings I've ever been around ... the man laughs at pain." -- Former Seahawks center Robbie Tobeck commenting on the retirement of former teammate Walter Jones.