Free-agent Madness: Robinson vs. Strong

Yesterday: After his dominating showing in the opening round of this exercise to determine the best undrafted free-agent signing in franchise history, one voter suggested Dave Krieg be penciled into the finals.

Well, you can now put the former quarterback’s name in ink – if not etch it in stone.

Krieg, the Seahawks’ all-time leader in completions, passing yards and touchdown passes when he left the team after the 1991 season, smoked kicker Norm Johnson in the their semifinal matchup. Krieg received 89 percent of the votes, or 452. That left Johnson, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, with 11 percent, or 56 votes.

Krieg’s career marks for pass attempts, completions and yards were broken last season by Matt Hasselbeck. But Krieg remains the leader in TD passes with 195 – or 33 more than Hasselbeck.

In the finals, Krieg will face the winner of the other semifinal …

Today: Mack Strong vs. Eugene Robinson.

No one in franchise history has made more tackles than Robinson (984), who arrived in 1985 as a post-draft addition out of Colgate. Only one player in club history – Joe Nash (218) – played in more games than Strong (201), who was signed out of Georgia after the draft in 1993.

Robinson, however, stepped into the starting lineup in his second season, while Strong had to wait his turn – including spending his first season on the practice squad.

But each left his own distinctive mark on the franchise.

Robinson also ranks second all-time in interceptions (42) and fumble recoveries (14). He led the club in tackles four times, including a career-best 114 in 1988; and in interceptions six times, including a league-leading nine in 1993. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1992 and 1993, and was second-team All-Pro in ’93.

Strong served as the lead blocker for a trio of 1,000-yard rushers – Chris Warren, Ricky Watters and Shaun Alexander. But also made the most of those times when he got his hands on the ball – catching 29 passes in 2003 and 2006 and averaging 4.7 yards on 37 carries in ’03 and 4.5 on 33 carries in ’06. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and 2006, and was named All-Pro in ’05.

A tenacious lead blocker? Or the franchise’s all-time leading tackler? You make the call.

Tomorrow: The title match – Krieg vs. the Strong/Robinson winner.


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