Tag:Seattle Seahawks
Posted on: March 13, 2011 6:17 pm

Could lockout help veteran quarterbacks?

Posted by Andy Benoit

If there is an extended lockout that winds up wiping out the offseason, veteran quarterbacks are going to become extremely valuable. Teams with needs at the position would be looking for guys who could step in and play right away.
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Obviously, this concept would seemingly make re-signing Matt Hasselbeck an even greater priority for the Seahawks. But should the 35-year-old not return to the Pacific Northwest, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean believes he could land in Nashville.

I have no doubt Matt Hasselbeck is one name on the Titans’ radar,” Wyatt writes. “The long-time Seahawks quarterback, scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, has ties to a Titans front office that includes GM Mike Reinfeldt, VP of Player Personnel Ruston Webster and Director of Pro Scouting Lake Dawson.”

Wyatt makes clear that Carson Palmer is at the top of Tennessee’s wish list, and that other available quarterbacks with less mileage than Hasselbeck (namely Kyle Orton and Kevin Kolb) could be in the mix.

This segues into a larger issue: how valuable will veteran quarterbacks be if there is no offseason?

Free agency will likely open up before the lockout concludes. Thus, teams will have to make their decisions based in part on predictions about when a new CBA will be reached. If the hunch is that a deal won’t be reached until late August or September, look for veteran quarterbacks with on-field playing experience to command more than their normal market value.

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Given the experience factor, a longtime starter like Hasselbeck would be more valuable than a young quasi-starter like Kolb. But perhaps more valuable than Hasselbeck would be a more traveled starter like Orton. Think about it: Hasselbeck has spent virtually his entire career in a West Coast offense. Orton learned multiple offenses in Chicago and Denver. He’d likely have an easier time picking up a new system on the fly.

The most interesting quarterback case to follow this offseason could be Donovan McNabb. He’s an experienced veteran with a stacked resume. Yet, the reason he’ll likely be available is because the Redskins didn’t think he did a good job learning Mike Shanahan’s unfamiliar system in 2010. If that stigmatizes McNabb in this uncertain offseason environment, he could suddenly find himself structurally unemployed.

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Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:19 am
Edited on: March 10, 2011 12:06 pm

9 teams schedule private workout with Cam Newton

Posted by Will Brinson

The report on Cam Newton -- our No. 11-ranked NFL Draft prospect -- varies, depending on who you ask. Some people love him, some people hate him. But everyone's interested in potentially drafting him. Which is why there are a reported NINE teams scheduling private workouts with the Auburn quarterback.

That's according to Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald, who lists the following teams as having schedule workouts with Newton: the Panthers (first overall pick), Bills (third), Bengals (fourth), Cardinals (fifth), Browns (sixth), Titans (eighth), Redskins (10th), Vikings (12th) and Seahawks (25th).

So what you have there is a) a nice little list of everyone in the draft who needs a quarterback and b) a perfectly excellent example of just how insanely fluid Newton's draft stock is in 2011.

For instance, he's currently the No. 1 overall pick in both Rob Rang and Chad Reuter's mock drafts, but you don't exactly have to scour the Internet to see him potentially dropping as low as the mid-teens.
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This is one reason why all of these teams are scheduling workouts with Newton -- he's an elite athlete and an interesting talent, but he's also not a stone-cold lock to go in the top-five picks, though it would be surprising to see him fall out of the top 10.

Oh yes, and there's this too: because there's a strong likelihood that there will be a rookie wage scale in place for the 2011 Draft (or, at least, in place for the signing of 2011 draftees), the Panthers top pick is immensely more valuable. People make comparisons of Newton to JaMarcus Russell, but those are a LOT less concerning when an investment in Newton doesn't equate to $60 million guaranteed.

That means that these teams have to see what Cam can do in a private setting and fully determine how much they want to invest in him, because he'll also likely be available via a trade with the Panthers or another team at the top.

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Posted on: March 3, 2011 10:37 pm

Seneca Wallace signs 3-year deal with Browns

Posted by Will Brinson

Longtime Mike Holmgren fave Seneca Wallace is going to hang around with his boss a little bit longer -- the quarterback agreed to a three-year deal Thursday night.

Despite publicly stating that he'd like to start, Wallace will be backing up Colt McCoy in Cleveland, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

That's no huge surprise, however, and neither is the (likely) forthcoming cutting of Jake Delhomme from the roster, which is probably for the best for everyone involved.

Delhomme can blatantly get signed by John Fox in Denver shop himself around at a low price and the Browns have a backup for McCoy who's familiar with the Holmgren-likeoffense that Pat Shurmur will install in Cleveland.

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 3:00 pm

Leon Washington, Seahawks agree to 4-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Leon Washington's amazing comeback from a horrific leg injury has finally paid off for him, in a literal sense. The running back/return man landed a four-year with the Seattle Seahawks.

The news, first reported by Josina Anderson of Football Pros, was confirmed by his agent, Alvin Keels.

Washington's deal reportedly has a base value of $12.5 million (per Adam Schefter of ESPN), with around $3.5 million in guaranteed money. It can reportedly get as high as $16 million if certain incentives are reached.

Washington's injury, which occurred when he was with the Jets, was an impetus for Darrelle Revis' extended holdout before the 2010 season -- it looked like Washington would never get a shot at big money in the NFL again.

But after providing a tremendous special teams spark for Seattle in 2010 (Washington racked up over 1,400 return yards along with three touchdowns), he finally got a chance to ink a new deal. And he jumped all over it.

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Posted on: February 22, 2011 8:39 am

LenDale White not helping himself

Posted by Andy Benoit

Over the weekend we wrote about how Terrell Owens is, essentially, a moron for trashing the Bengals coaching staff. Even if Owens is no longer with the team, his comments could still scare off other teams from signing him.

Enter LenDale White. The Broncos running back (for now). During NBA All-Star Weekend White was leaving a Southern California nightclub with fellow ex-Trojan Domonique Byrd (another NFL bust, for what it’s worth).

TMZ paparazzi asked White about reports that NBA players were complaining about a controversial sneaker. White’s response, which doesn’t seem related to the question, was “If it ain’t the Denver Broncos or Chris Johnson . . .  f— ‘em.  Or D-Byrd [Demetrius Byrd] . . . or the Trojans . . . minus Pete Carroll — f– you.” White then looked into the TMZ camera and added, “Minus Pete Carroll I have Trojan love.”

White’s disdain for Carroll stems from his former college coach cutting him in Seattle this past year.

White likely was never going to play in Seattle again anyway. But how does blasting your former head coach help you land a job with another team when your inevitable return to the open market occurs? What possible good can come from that?

White missed last season with an Achilles injury. It’s a tossup whether the Broncos will keep him around.

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Posted on: February 16, 2011 2:47 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 5:04 pm

Hot Routes 2.16.11 surgeries and squabbles

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Posted by Andy Benoit


Posted on: January 28, 2011 9:37 am

Surgery for Seattle's Lofa Tatupu

Posted by Andy Benoit
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The Seattle Seahawks announced on Thursday that linebacker Lofa Tatupu underwent successful arthroscopic surgery of both knees. The operation was performed by team physicians Ed Khalfayan and Mike McAdam.

Though successful surgery is good news for Tatup, Mike Sando of ESPN.com points out that the health problems in general could point to bigger concerns for the three-time Pro Bowler. Tatupu is somewhat undersized for Pete Carroll’s physical scheme.

Some Seahawk observers have speculated that the club could eventually consider going in another direction at middle linebacker It’s mere speculation at this point, but expect to hear more of it as we get closer and closer to the draft.

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Posted on: January 27, 2011 11:47 am

Hot Routes 1.27.11 The Cutler Watch continues

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Posted by Andy Benoit

Would the Panthers really consider drafting a cornerback first overall?

Start the protests: Falcons are raising club seat ticket prices in 2011 by four percent.

The NFLPA is taking its case to the television airwaves.

Former Raiders center Jeremy Newberry says the Seahawks offensive linemen are in for a rude awakening given Tom Cable’s intensity.

Michael Vick has certainly been enjoying his return to Hawaii this week. (Everyone who follows him on Twitter knows that.)

The Bears must make a decision about what they want to do with RFA Caleb Hanie. Paying him to be the backup would make the most sense. There might be a team out there foolish enough to give the young guy Charlie Whitehurst type money, but that would require giving up draft picks as well.

TMZ has video of Jay Cutler and his celebrity girlfriend (Kristin Cavallari) walking around Los Angeles. Watch and see if you can spot a limp.

Maurice Jones-Drew apologized for his Cutler tweet. He’s also spending the next four months rehabbing his own knee injury, by the way.

Ben Volin of Palm Beach Post tells Dolphins fans not to get their hopes up for landing Palmer, Orton or Kolb.

A whole bunch of Saints are dealing with offseason surgeries.

The Jets won’t let the Raiders talk to secondary coach Dennis Thurman about the defensive coordinator job in Oakland. Thurman’s name has also been mentioned in Philadelphia.

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