Alexander: 'Let's do what's right'

Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander wants a long-term deal and won't sign any tender offer, even if it means missing part of the regular season, The Seattle Times reported.

Alexander said signing the team's $6.32 million franchise tender is "out of the question." When asked by the paper if it will come down to not playing without a long-term deal, he replied, "Pretty much, yeah."

"I'm pretty strong about my principles," the Pro Bowl running back told the paper Sunday. "We're all under the same understanding. It's not like a bitter thing. I've told them that I love playing for Seattle. To me, it's not about money, it's just about a principle."

The Seahawks gave Alexander the franchise tag this offseason, denying the running back of becoming a free agent. But as far as Alexander is concerned, this could have been avoided.

"I told them three years ago that I love playing here and let's do something now. Let's meet," Alexander told The Times. "It was just me and Mike [Holmgren]. There were no agents involved. I said, 'You know what? My wife's here. My family's here. I want to be here until I retire. It's really funny because back then I would have worked for peanuts.

"Two Pro Bowls and 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns later, now it's time to talk? And I'm like, 'Why would you do this?' So now it's just one of those things where I say, 'Let's do what's right.' I'm not trying to be evil or greedy or anything, let's just do what's right."

Due to NFL rules, the two sides cannot begin negotiating a again until July 15. Until that time, all Alexander can do is wait.

"I honestly believe that they're going to make a great deal for me," Alexander told the paper. "I'm going to end up signing and it's going to be no big deal. [But] I'm not naive to think that you can make a deal like that overnight."