Seattle Seahawks free agent fullback Leonard Weaver talked to KJR-AM's Ian Furness Thursday evening about his current situation in free agency. Weaver said he wants to return to Seattle, but also is talking to other teams, including Philadelphia.
Weaver said he received an offer from Seattle but it was not what he expected.
A report from the Philadelphia Inquirer now says Weaver could be making a decision soon on whether he'll sign with the Eagles or return to Seattle. Minnesota, according to a report from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, also is interested.
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"Right now it's a waiting game," Weaver said about his present situation. "Teams are out there, and they want me right now. And we're just trying to see what's going on. We're taking it a step at a time in this process. It's going longer than obviously we expected.
"It's a lot of things that are going on out there, circulating out there in the media about me, about what kind of guy I am and my character. But I'm like, 'Hey, let it be what it is. I am who I am. I haven't changed one bit, and I'm just kind of looking forward to seeing who my next team will be, if not here."
Weaver went on to say that he felt there were some negative perceptions of him being floated out in the media, and he wanted to dispel some of those sentiments. I'm not sure what that perception is. Weaver has always been honest and straight forward in my dealings with him. He's accessible and approachable in the locker room, and I don't think he's had anything bad to say about the organization.
The only thing that could be construed as negative is Weaver wants what's he believes he's worth, and that's to be paid for the versatility he brings to a team as a blocker, a runner and a pass catcher. Whether or not Weaver will get that kind of money as a hybrid running back remains to be seen, although Philadelphia and now Minnesota, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, are reportedly interested.
"I wish this process could speed up," Weaver said. "I wish the Seahawks would go, 'Bam!' And go ahead and make a deal. But you got people saying we're not worth this and we're not worth that, and it's like, 'Hey brother, we've got to take care of family as well.' So, you know, I'm just remaining true to who I am."
The Eagles could certainly use Weaver. Philadelphia experimented with moving tailback Tony Hunt to fullback, with little success. The team later released Hunt and converted defensive tackle Dan Klecko to fullback
The crutch of the situation is Weaver and his agent, Harold Lewis, believe the 6-foot, 242-pounder is worth running back money because of his diversity of skills. However, so far teams have not been willing to offer as lucrative a contract as Weaver wants.
"He's an excellent receiver, runner, and blocker," Lewis told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "The fullback pay scale doesn't reflect his talents. We're just trying to find the right situation and the right contract. We can always go back to Seattle, because they'd like to have him back."
If Weaver finds no takers willing to pay the kind of money he seeks the Seahawks would like to have the talented fullback return – at the right price.
If Weaver signs somewhere else, then Seattle may sign Oakland free agent Justin Griffith, a bruising blocker who played for Seattle offensive coordinator Greg Knapp while he coached for the Raiders.
Weaver again reiterated that he would like to return to Seattle.
"Seattle was my home," Weaver said. "The fans here embraced me when I first got here. "This is the place where my career got started, and where it took off. So of course you get a little frustrated because this is your home. And to not have a deal already done, it is a little frustrating. But hey, the God that I serve is going to take care of everything that I need. So, when I think about that, I have no need to rush and push nobody's button."
Listen to the full interview in this audio link.