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Womack could start at guard

Having spent the last two weeks trying to define himself as an offensive tackle, but with most interested clubs projecting him as a guard, veteran offensive lineman Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack isn't certain yet what position he will play in 2005.

At least, though, Womack now knows where he will play.

After testing the unrestricted market, and discovering that the grass isn't always greener away from home, Womack has agreed to a two-year contract that will keep him with the Seattle Seahawks. Financial details of the contract were not yet available.

Womack, 26, has been a valuable performer for the Seahawks, who have been able to plug him in at areas of need in the past. He has provided an important insurance policy, a versatile blocker capable of playing guard or tackle, and a solid and consistent blocker. Given the uncertainty of the composition of its offensive line in 2005, Seattle definitely wanted to retain Womack, who could become a full-time starter.

The Seahawks feel that Womack, at 6-feet-4 and 333 pounds, is best suited at guard. But because of the training camp holdouts of left tackle Walter Jones in each of the last three summers, and some off-field problems experienced by right tackle Chris Terry, Womack has been forced to perform stop-gap duty at both those positions.

That has left Womack, a potentially powerful in-line blocker, little time to hone his skills at guard. The situation could change, however, as incumbent right guard Chris Gray and starting center Robbie Tobeck are both unrestricted free agents. Whether they re-sign with the Seahawks, and whether the team keeps Terry and his high salary cap charge for another year, could dictate Womack's position.

In the first two weeks of free agency, Womack was a popular player elsewhere, as he made several visits. The Green Bay Packers, who already have lost both starting guards in free agency, were believed to be the front-runner for his services. But after surveying all his options, Womack decided to stay in Seattle and hopefully settle in at one spot.

Part of his rationale was that he will be a free agent again in 2007 and, if he plays well in the next two seasons with the Seahawks, will still be young enough to generate an even larger market for himself.

A fourth-round pick in the 2001 draft, the former Mississippi State standout has played in 41 games with 22 starts. He started eight games, all at right tackle, last season.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click hereInsider.

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