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LenDale White in shape, out of job

True story: Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. texted me Friday asking whether I thought Justin Forsett would lead the Seattle Seahawks in rushing this season.

I told him I thought LenDale White could be a candidate based on the fact that he reported to camp around 220 pounds.

Williamson challenged me to a debate on the issue.

I wasn't convinced White would lead the team in rushing, but I thought there were a few factors that made him a decent candidate.

Those factors might be irrelevant. White is apparently fading from the Seahawks' plans. The team is considering releasing White, according to ESPN's John Clayton. The Seahawks' website briefly reported that White had been waived, but the story was taken down and the team was apparently still talking things through with White. A Google search was showing a seahawks.com headline reading, "Seahawks waive running back White".

The item included the following quote from general manager John Schneider, according to the Everett Herald's John Boyle via Brian McIntyre of Mac's Football Blog: "It became apparent at this time that LenDale was not ready to be a member of the Seattle Seahawks. It just did not appear to be the right fit at this point in our program. We wish LenDale all the best with his future."

It's unclear what event or events, if any, precipitated the abrupt turnabout.

If White is released, the move would show why the Titans were willing to dump White for very little in return. The move would also show how overrated offseason talk can be, particularly when it applies to troubled or maligned players suddenly evolving into promising prospects. The storyline on White was that he had slimmed down into the 220 range after weighing closer to 260 earlier in his career. He was going to put on some muscle in working his way back up to the 228 range.

White's history with coach Pete Carroll lent credence to the idea that White might have a decent shot at reviving his career in Seattle. His demise in Tennessee, after all, had something to do with Chris Johnson's emergence as one of the elite runners in the game.

Releasing White would show that Carroll isn't offering unconditional scholarships to anyone from his past at USC. Players will have to do things his way and to his standards, and White would have presumably fallen short.

Removing White from the equation would leave Seattle with additional question marks at the position. Leon Washington, acquired from the New York Jets, is recovering from a broken leg. Forsett and Julius Jones are also competing at the position.

Update: The Seahawks have now announced White's release and it featured the same quote from Schneider.