Report: Ruskell to resign in Seattle today

The Seattle Seahawks are getting a jump on some offseason moves as president and general manager Tim Ruskell will announce his resignation at a press conference this morning, the Seattle Times reported.

It’s a move that potentially clear the way for Mike Holmgren to return to the organization. Holmgren coached the Seahawks for 10 seasons, leading them to Super Bowl XL after the 2005 season.

Ruskell was hired by the Seahawks in 2005 from Atlanta where he has served as an assistant under Rich McKay. His roots go back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Seattle is 8-19 since the beginning of last season, and at 4-7 the Seahawks are expected to miss the playoffs for the second straight year.

Pro Football Weekly reported over the weekend that Ruskell had been told he would not return. The Seattle Times reports that Ruskell had sought a contract extension or resolution to his situation.

The Seahawks didn’t hit many home runs in the draft during Ruskell’s tenure—linebacker Lofa Tatupu was the only Pro Bowl player he drafted—and his hits in free agency, like Patrick Kerney, were matched with his misses. Letting All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson leave for Minnesota was an error. The huge contract he gave wide receiver Deion Branch was a colossal mistake.

Now, the Seahawks have the third-oldest roster in the league and an uncertain future.

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