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February 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Position overview: Fullback

We’ll continue our overviews of Seattle’s position groups with a look at fullback:

2013 STARTER

Michael Robinson

2014 contract status: Robinson will become an unrestricted free agent in March.

Comment: Robinson, one of the most popular members of the Seahawks among teammates and fans alike, was cut prior to 2013 both as a cost-cutting move and due to an illness that caused him to loss significant weight. He was re-signed at mid-season after injuries to Spencer Ware and Derrick Coleman and rewarded with a Super Bowl ring. He hinted he wants to keep playing, but given the presence of younger players at the spot — Robinson turned 31 the week after the Super Bowl — it’s hard to know if the team will want him back, or consider 2013 as a fitting swan song.

BACKUP

Derrick Coleman

2014 contract status: Coleman will be in the second year of a three-year contract he signed prior to last season, due to make $495,000.

Comment: Coleman took a turn from relatively unknown backup to one of the team’s best-known players after his struggle to overcome hearing issues to reach the NFL became part of a much-played Duracell commercial during the post-season. Even before that, though, he had pegged himself as a key part of the team as one of the better special teams players as well as a capable backup at both fullback and tailback — when Christine Michael was inactive, the team viewed Coleman as its No. 3 tailback. It was his versatility and special teams ability that had allowed him to make the team in the first place as a free agent who had been signed to the practice squad in 2012 — his emergence helped lead to the team cutting Robinson initially. He also comes relatively cheap, and with a year under his belt seems like a good bet to again be a key part of the team in 2014.

OTHERS

Spencer Ware

2014 contract status: Ware will be in the second season of his initial four-year rookie deal, due to make $495,000.

Comment: Ware, a sixth-round pick in 2013 out of LSU, made the initial 53-man roster as a backup at both running back spots, also showing good hands during training camp. However, he suffered a pretty severe sprained ankle on the final snap from scrimmage of the Week Two win over the 49ers, and a few weeks later was placed on Injured Reserve, ending his season. He now also is facing a charge of DUI stemming from an arrest on the night of the team’s playoff win over the Saints. Assuming that charge doesn’t waylay his career too much, and that he overcomes his injury, Ware figures to again contend for a role on the team in 2014.

2014 POSITION OUTLOOK

The big uncertainty here is Robinson, and whether he will re-sign for another season. The guess here is the team probably brings him back to see if he can contribute for another year. Coleman and Ware are young players who appear set as part of the team’s future. Seattle is one NFL team that continues to make significant use of its fullback, so this will continue to be a key position for the team moving forward.

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