Seahawks close to re-signing OL Gray

  • By Scott M. Johnson / Herald Writer
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2005 9:00pm
  • Sports

Vowing to keep their offense together despite long odds, the Seattle Seahawks have found a way to do just that.

The team is on the verge of re-signing guard Chris Gray, thereby keeping all eight of its top offensive players who went into free agency.

Gray turned down an offer from the San Francisco 49ers to re-sign with Seattle.

He has started 90 consecutive regular season games for the Seahawks but will probably enter minicamps in a battle with Floyd Womack for the starting right guard position.

Over the past six weeks, the Seahawks have re-signed left tackle Walter Jones, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, tight end Itula Mili, wide receiver Alex Bannister and offensive linemen Robbie Tobeck, Womack and Gray, in addition to franchising running back Shaun Alexander.

The only offensive free agents who have not been retained are veteran wide receiver Jerry Rice (released), backup fullback Heath Evans (signed by Miami), quarterback Brock Huard (unsigned) and backup offensive lineman Jerry Wunsch (unsigned).

Gray, 34, will reportedly sign a two-year, $1.785 million contract.

Notes: Defensive back Omare Lowe, a University of Washington product, was signed to a free-agent deal over the weekend. … Huard still has a remote possibility of being Matt Hasselbeck’s backup this season, but the team has brought in veterans like Shaun King to try and replace Trent Dilfer as the No. 2 quarterback.

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