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Rypien Signs With Seattle Seahawks

August 19, 2002

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SEATTLE (AP) _ The Seattle Seahawks signed veteran quarterback Mark Rypien on Monday to help fill in for the injured Trent Dilfer.

Rypien’s agent, Ken Staninger, confirmed the deal, which is for $750,000, only $450,000 counts against the salary cap. The contract includes incentives for playing time, Staninger said.

Rypien, 39, practiced with the Seahawks for the first time Monday morning at the team’s training camp in Cheney, near Spokane, where he lives. He was brought in to help fill a void after Dilfer sprained a ligament in his right knee during Seattle’s first exhibition game Aug. 10 against Indianapolis.

Dilfer is expected to be sidelined for 4-8 weeks and Matt Hasselbeck, last year’s starter, is currently the starter again.

``I think it’s a great fit,″ Staninger said. ``Mark was really excited. He’s close to his family and close to his girls.″

Rypien has played 12 years in the NFL, including last season with the Colts, after a three-year layoff. He spent his first seven seasons with the Redskins, and was the Super Bowl MVP in 1992.

He appeared in four games in 2001, completing 5-of-9 passes for 57 yards.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Rypien played for Washington State University.

In 104 career games, he has completed 1,466 of 2,613 passes for 18,473 yards and 115 touchdowns. He has thrown 88 interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 78.9

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