Seahawks courting linebacker Ben Leber

The Seattle Seahawks would be taking a big chance on a 32 year old linebacker who has only averaged 38.2 tackles in his 10 year NFL career, hopefully it’s only temporary.

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Compare this to a man the Seahawks never really realized they had in David Hawethorne when Lofa Tatupu went down with a torn pectoral muscle, he has averaged over 100 tackles the last 2 seasons.

The Seahawks are one of four teams vying to sign veteran linebacker Ben Leber, ESPN’s John Clayton told the Kevin Calabro Show on Wednesday.

Leber, 32, would help fill vacancies left by the departures of Will Herring (signed with the Saints) and Lofa Tatupu (released). Leroy Hill is currently projected to start at weakside linebacker, but he missed all but one game last season with an Achilles injury and hasn’t played a full season in his six years in the NFL.

Leber, a third-round pick by the Chargers in 2002, spent the last five seasons with the Vikings. He hasn’t missed a game since 2006.

The Seahawks reportedly had interest in Takeo Spikes before the veteran linebacker signed with the Chargers last week.