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Published: Thursday, March 3, 2011, 5:06 p.m.

Seahawks release TE Chris Baker

The Seahawks released tight end Chris Baker Thursday, ending his tenure in Seattle after one season. Baker, who started 13 games last season, played primarily as a blocking TE and had just nine catches for 116 yards, his lowest numbers since his rookie season in 2002.

Baker stood to make $1.5 million in base salary in 2011, plus a $500,000 roster bonus. Under offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, the Seahawks used two-tight-end sets on 42 percent of their plays according to Brian McIntyre, who runs the incredibly thorough Macsfootballblog.com. New offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, however, comes from the more traditional school of West Coast offense, which uses two tight ends much less frequently. So while Baker may have been a good fit under Bates, it's likely the Seahawks decided a blocking TE wasn't worth $2 million in 2011.

Seattle also confirmed the release of QB Nate Davis.


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