Updated May 11, 2012 - 7:31 pm
Seahawks giving veteran OT Alex Barron a look
Rookies weren't the only players on the field on Friday, as the Seahawks also hosted a number of veterans on a tryout basis. Offensive tackle Alex Barron, the most notable of the group, has spent seven years in the league.
"We want to see what he's got," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. "He was a highly regarded player a few years back and he's been smacked around with injuries and situations and all of that, so we're going to find out. He handled his own pretty well today and he acted a bit like a veteran. He knew what was going on and was a little bit more comfortable than some of the other guys.
"So we'll see in the next couple days and see where that puts us at the end of minicamp."
Barron was the St. Louis Rams' first-round pick in 2005, chosen with the 19th overall pick out of Florida State. After five seasons with the Rams, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in 2010. He most recently signed with the New Orleans Saints, but never made it on the field last season after being released with an injury settlement.
"I'm going into year eight," Barron said. "Last year I had a little injury problem and was IRd, the years before that I was starting, I was playing good but I had a couple of mistakes that cost me."
Barron, 29, is often remembered for the number of penalties called against him, with holding being a constant issue.
"Right now I'm here in Seattle trying to get a place and help the team the best I can," he said. "This is a great opportunity to be here. Great team -- a team that has been getting better over the years, over time. I know the team and most of the guys on here from being in St. Louis for a while. I know they work hard."
In March, Barron had a visit with the San Francisco 49ers, but no deal was reached at that time.
"That is just kind of how it is right now, where I'm at in my career," he said when asked how it felt to be a veteran at a rookie minicamp. "You just take the good with the good and the bad with the bad and you just work hard. That's all you can do. You can always learn something new."
Barron has started 75 of 87 career games played and allowed a total of 29 sacks.
In addition to Barron, other notable veterans working out this weekend include safety Kareem Moore and tight end Shawn Nelson.
Drafted by the Redskins in 2008, Moore started last season on the physically unable to perform list. The team elected not to activate him by the deadline and he was waived. Nelson was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2009 but was cut by the team at the start of last season. He then signed with the New York Jets but was waived shortly thereafter due to a non-football illness.
Practice resumes Saturday afternoon at 1:30.
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