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Schneider on KJR: Keeping an open mind on Hill situation

Although he had nothing too earth shattering to say, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider hit on several topics regarding the team during his interview with KJR’s Mitch Levy.

* Schneider said the team will continue to wait on the league and the completion of the legal process with linebacker Leroy Hill. The team has asked Hill to stay away from the facility until he resolves his legal issues. And while the team is keeping an open mind, Schneider did not rule out the possibility that Hill would not be with the team this season. Schneider said he hopes to hear from the league on Hill’s legal issues in the next, couple weeks.

* Schneider did not close the book on the team pursuing veteran wide receiver Terrell Owens, but he did say that the team probably would not move in that direction unless “something drastic happens.”

* The team continues to be impressed with the play of receiver Mike Williams. Schneider said Williams is in great shape, and provides a big target with good ball skills. If he continues to progress, Schneider said to expect some exciting things from him this season.

* The team’s priority moving forward is defensive end. Schneider said Seattle is sixth on the waiver wire, and while they like the potential of Chris Clemons, Dexter Davis and Ricky Foley at the Leo position, he said his staff will continue to be active in trying to improve the team’s pass rush as well as other positions on the roster. “There’s no question (defensive end is a priority),” Schneider said. “Any time you’re trying to build a team, it starts with the offensive and defensive lines.”

* Schneider said he likes the overall depth at running back, with Julius Jones, Justin Forsett, LenDale White, Leon Washington and Quinton Ganther all competing for time. Schneider did not rule out the possibility of all five runners making the roster, and said Ganther with his versatility could play some fullback. Schneider also did not rule out the possibility of Washington starting training camp on the PUP list.

UPDATE: Check out the full interview in this audio link.