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Lotulelei: Others considered, Seahawks made best offer

April 28, 2013 - Robert Collias
Sports editor Brad Sherman just got off the phone with former Baldwin and UNLV linebacker John Lotulelei, who signed with the Seattle Seahakws as an undrafted free agent today. Lotulelei said he also talked with the Bears, but noted that they have seven-time Pro Bowl pick Lance Briggs, and drafted two linebackers (Jon Bostic out of Florida in the second round and Khaseem Greene out of Rutgers in the fourth round).

Lotulelei also spoke with the Redskins, and was intrigued by the idea of learning from three-time Pro Bowler and 15-year NFL veteran London Fletcher, but Lotulelei said he felt the Seahawks ultimately made a better offer.

The Seahawks’ linebackers coach is Ken Norton Jr., who was the linebackers coach at USC when Kaluka Maiava, another former Baldwin LB who is now with the Raiders, was there. Norton played in NFL for 13 years, and played on three consecutive Super Bowl champions — the Cowboys in 1992 and 1993, and the 49ers in 1994.

NOW SOME QUOTES from Lotulelei in his conversation with Sherman:

—“It was exactly like college recruiting. It was a pressuring experience. I’ve never really been recruited like that, though, out of high school or junior college, so it was a nice experience.”

—“After the draft, coach Norton was trying to convince me to sign. He coached Kaluka. He’s had a lot of experience. He’s played linebacker. He has three rings. He’s been to Pro Bowls.”

—"I kind of prepared for the worst as the draft got to the end, and I then I tried to look at what teams are a good system for me.”

—"When it came down to rounds six and seven, some teams’ linebacker coaches were calling me, but they were also saying that they don’t really have any pull, that it’s the GMs who make the decisions.”

—“After the draft, it was an advantage to see what system will be the best for me.”

For some cool links, click here. Sherman's breaking news story is here.

Read our complete coverage in tomorrow's paper.


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