Iron Mike Sellers
Just got off the phone with Big Mike. As those of you who read this blog often probably already know, if you made me pick a favorite football player on this team - from a pure football standpoint - it would be him. I have no rooting interest in it or anything, but the way this guy puts his neck out for his team and the kind of punishment he dishes out, it's hard to not have a soft spot for him.
It's a cliche, but this dude plays like a warrior. He's overcome some personal problems and a bad rap among NFL people to blossom into a mutle-dimensional weapon, and with some help from his agent, Ken Austin, was able to get some just reward. Also, as a Skins fan you have to love this move. Fullbacks are starting to get paid in this league and rather than let a valuable guy like this test free agency next season, they stepped up took care of a guy who I believe should be considered the ultimate "Core Redskin."
Anywho, Big Mike is pumped to be staying here for what he believes will be the duration of his career.
"My main objective was to be a Washington Redskin for the rest of my career," Mike said when I got him on his cell. "This was the first time to give me a chance (he was a Redskin, left for Cleveland when they made him an offer as a restricted free agent and returned in 2004) and I feel like this is where I'm supposed to be. I want to be here as long as I can."
According to a few league sources, Sellers, who was set to make about $770,000 this season, altered his 2007 salary a bit and the four year deal is worth about $4 million. He has been and H-back and a fullback here, is the leader of the special teams units and has flourished here.
"A lot of people look at my size and they say, 'He's just a fullback, he's just a blocker,'" Sellers said. "But the Redskins gave me a chance to take a bigger role in the offense, catching the ball and getting some carries, and I'm very comfortable here."
The Skins got away from Mike too much in the red zone last seaso, I think, and I have a feeling Al Saunders will get him more receptions this season, especially around the goal line.
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