Ruskell resigns as Seahawks president/GM
Tim Ruskell knows his legacy is set in Seattle. And it's not from presiding over the Seahawks' only Super Bowl.
It's for letting perennial Pro Bowl blocker Steve Hutchinson leave in free agency while as the Seahawks' president and general manager, a job that ended Thursday.
That gaffe, giving Hutchinson a transition tag instead of the more restrictive franchise tag for 2006, accelerated the team's decline that cost the 20-year scout his first GM job.
"I talked to my wife the other day and said, 'Let's look at that will again,"' Ruskell joked after announcing his forced resignation weeks before his five-year contract ended in Seattle. It says 'burial.' But let's go for 'cremation' — so they won't be able to write, 'Here lies the man that lost Hutch' on my tombstone."
That was the biggest of many missteps with which Ruskell is more easily identified now that Seattle is 8-19 in the last two seasons.
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