The big NFL news over Memorial Day weekend was the Seahawks’ decision to give up on RB LenDale White after just 35 days in the offseason. Below are some thoughts on White’s situations, which includes a suspension, and the Seahawks’ RB situation as it stands now.
White had two good years out of four in Tennessee, but the Titans tired of his weight problems and attitude issues and dealt him to Seattle during the draft to move up a few spots in the fourth and sixth rounds. That light price in itself was a sign, but it appeared that White would be able to live up to his potential with his former college coach Pete Carroll. But when White was flagged for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, which will shelve him for the first four games of the season, the Seahawks decided White wasn’t worth the hassle and released him. White has talent, but if Carroll, under whom White thrived at USC, doesn’t see White as worth a roster spot, then it’s possible that no one else will either. White now faces a huge crossroads, and if he doesn’t dedicate himself to performing on the field, he could end up in the UFL instead of the NFL this fall.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, still have a tenuous RB situation. Justin Forsett returns after showing flashes of promise last year, and trade acquisition Leon Washington will help a ton if he is healthy after last season’s knee injury. Julius Jones also returns, although he has shown little explosiveness since early in his career in Dallas. Ex-Redskin Quinton Ganther could help as well. But this quantity doesn’t reveal quality, unless Washington returns fully to form or Forsett takes a leap forward.