There were indications yesterday that free-agent fullback Leonard Weaver will be playing somewhere other than Philadelphia next season.

A league source said that the Eagles had not had contact with Weaver's agent, Harold Lewis, for several days. The source indicated that Weaver might re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks or go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Seahawks reportedly freed up about $6.5 million in salary-cap space over the weekend by trading linebacker Julian Peterson to the Detroit Lions.

Lewis did not return phone calls or e-mail messages.

If the Eagles do not sign Weaver, the incumbent fullbacks will remain Dan Klecko and Kyle Eckel.

Through the Eagles' first 11 games last season, the team converted third-down situations a horrendous 51.1 percent (23 of 45) of the time when they needed 3 yards or fewer. In their final eight games, including the three playoff games, that percentage improved to 71.4 percent (25 of 35).

That improvement reflected the activation of Eckel and the improvement by Klecko at fullback after he had opened the season as a defensive tackle.

- Bob Brookover