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Lendale White on his way out!

According to the Seattle Seahawks Website they have released running back Lendale White in a surprise move this week.

Less than five weeks after acquiring LenDale White in a draft day trade, the Seahawks released the veteran running back Friday.

The reunion of LenDale White with his Pete Carroll was not meant to be.

The Seahawks waived the veteran running back Friday, less than five weeks after he had been acquired in a draft day trade with the Tennessee Titans – and reunited with Carroll, who had coached him at the University of Southern California.

“It became apparent at this time that LenDale was not ready to be a member of the Seattle Seahawks,” general manager John Schneider said in a statement released by the team. “It just did not appear to be the right fit at this point in our program. We wish LenDale all the best with his future.”

The club obtained White because he provided the more physical style that Carroll wanted to add to the mix at running back.

White had trimmed down to 219 pounds after getting as heavy as 260 while with the Titans. He practiced sparingly at the post-draft minicamp because of a groin injury and then missed some of the OTA sessions because he returned to Tennessee to check on his house after the recent floods in Nashville. White returned this week, when he got some carries with the No. 1 offense in OTA practices.

But the decision was made to part ways with a back who had been a second-round draft choice by the Titans in 2006, rushed for 1,110 yards in 2007 and scored 15 touchdowns in 2008. White got only 64 carries last season, when teammate Chris Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards to lead the NFL.

White sounded upbeat while talking to reporters after Monday’s OTA.

“Sitting the bench for the whole year, dealing with that alone it’s a lot of stress,” he said. “It’s a life-changing thing. But I guess we go through that for a reason.

“I’m still here. Pete gave me another shot, and I’m looking forward to it.”

The trade to acquire White cost the Seahawks next to nothing, as they moved back seven spots in the fourth round and nine in the sixth round in swapping picks with the Titans. The Seahawks also got defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson in the deal, and still landed cornerback Walter Thurmond and tight end Anthony McCoy in the fourth and sixth rounds.

White’s departure reduces the number of backs vying for spots on the 53-man roster, but the club still would like to add a power runner to a group that includes incumbents Julius Jones, the team’s leading rusher the past two seasons; Justin Forsett, who averaged 5.4 yards per carry last season; and Louis Rankin.

Former Pro Bowl kick returner Leon Washington was added in a draft day trade with the New York Jets, but he is recovering from a broken leg that ended his 2009 season. Quinton Ganther was signed in free agency, and the ex-Redskin has the potential to play fullback as well as tailback.


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