On ex-Ram Karney's visit to Seahawks

Former St. Louis Rams fullback Mike Karney expected the Seattle Seahawks to sign him nearly one month ago.

"I packed as if I was going to training camp," Karney told the Kentwood (Wash.) Reporter back in early August.

Karney did not sign with the team at that time, but news of his latest visit to the team, reported by ESPN's John Clayton, suggests something could get done. Why would Karney make a second visit to the team in less than four weeks without a realistic shot at signing? He expected a deal the last time.

"They just converted a couple tight ends to fullback and want to see if they can give them more time," Karney said of the Seahawks in early August. "My meeting went extremely well. My physical went well. I think they just want to see if these guys can get it done. If they can't, I think I will be the first guy they call."

Karney, 30, is from the Seattle area.

Fullbacks have become a bit endangered in the NFL as teams gravitate away from traditional two-back offenses.

The Seahawks' version of the West Coast offense is expected to incorporate a blocking back and/or H-back type. Michael Robinson has been the starting fullback. Tight end John Carlson, sidelined by a shoulder injury recently, has lined up at fullback as well.

The Oakland Raiders carried two fullback types on their 2009 opening-day roster when Tom Cable, now the Seahawks' assistant head coach/offensive line, was head coach. Luke Lawton and Oren O'Neal were fullbacks for Oakland heading into that season.