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Report: Watters May Go to Seattle

March 4, 1998

SEATTLE (AP) _ Running back Ricky Watters might be close to signing a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

Watters met with Seahawks officials Tuesday night, along with Watters’ agent Leigh Steinberg. Seattle quarterback Warren Moon reportedly was lobbying for the match.

``Warren has been actively recruiting Ricky Watters,″ Steinberg told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reported today that the Seahawks were prepared to sign Watters to a four-year contract for $13 million, including a $5 million signing bonus.

KING-TV reported late Tuesday night that Watters agreed ``in principle″ to play for the Seahawks, although he still must pass a physical.

The Post-Intelligencer story said that after dining with Seahawks vice presidents Randy Mueller and Mickey Loomis, Moon and Steinberg, Watters was to meet today with Mueller at team headquarters.

``We’ve got to feel him out, he’s got to feel us out,″ Mueller said. ``He’s got to gather information and so do we.″

Watters will be 29 in April. He has had productive, but also turbulent, stays with the San Francisco 49ers (1991-94) and Philadelphia Eagles (1995-97).

If he signs, Watters would join Chris Warren, the team’s leading rusher for the last four years. Lamar Smith, Warren’s primary backup, was signed by New Orleans on Tuesday.

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