Tag:Seattle Seahawks
Posted on: August 6, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 1:40 pm
 

Report: Okung, Seahawks reach 6-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Update: The "agreement to terms" is offcial, via the Seahawks' Twitter feed . Bonus: nifty picture of Pete Carroll and Okung meeting in Seattle.

Well, that was fast -- shortly after a report that C.J. Spiller agreed to terms with the Bills surfaced , news is now coming out that the remaining unsigned first-rounder, Russell Okung, has agreed to a six-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Okung, the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, agreed to terms on a contract that will pay him up to $58 million over the life of the deal, with $30 million guaranteed.

Provided that both the Okung and Spiller reports are accurate, all of the 2010 first-rounders have now signed or at least agreed to terms with their respective teams.

This is also the earliest that all first-round picks have been signed in the last five years -- Michael Crabtree, Derrick Harvey, JaMarcus Russell and Matt Leinart (the last picks to sign in their respective drafts) all held out until at least August 14th or later.

Okung, charged with replacing the legendary Walter Jones at left tackle, gets a substantial financial step-up from last year's sixth-rounder, the Bengals' Andre Smith. (Smith signed a four-year deal with $21 million guaranteed, but the deal contains a team option that would extend the deal to six years, $42 million with $29.5 guaranteed, so Okung's overall value is skyrocketed over Smith's although his guaranteed cash isn't.)

For relative value purposes, Joe Haden, drafted one spot below Okung, got a five-year deal worth $50 million and $26 million guaranteed, while Eric Berry received a six-year deal worth $60 million and $34 million guaranteed from the Chiefs.

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 10:52 pm
 

Pitcock happy for second chance

Q. Pitcock gets a second chance at playing in the NFL (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Seattlepi.com poses an interesting question today. Namely, “who needs real life when you've got PlayStation?”

Certainly, you’d think, an NFL player wouldn't have to answer that query. Not a guy who has the chance to play in a video game come to life. Well, that’s where you’re wrong, because that’s exactly what happened to DT Quinn Pitcock as he headed to Colts training camp two years ago. That’s when he decided he wanted to crawl inside his video game console and never leave.

From the web site:

“I'm introverted. I cast myself away from everybody and became almost a hermit," Pitcock said Thursday after his first practice with the Seahawks, who are giving him a chance at a comeback. "I was a hermit for a year. No one knew where I was at. I just sat in my apartment and did nothing."

Nothing except play video games, which became his addiction and way to avoid the world. …

"I got sucked into that," said the 26-year-old. "I'm going to be working soon starting some sort of charity to help kids who are addicted to video games because that turned into my way out and I got lost to the world. It took me awhile to get myself back and get my bearings and get back into society.

"You always say, 'I'm fine, I'm fine.' Then finally you just have an awakening where you say, 'What am I doing?' I got to the point where I broke and burned many video games trying to quit. That was my outing. Once I got rid of that and realized I could slowly start eating healthy, exercising and doing all that, I got back on track."


Eventually, Pitcock got help from the NFL Players Association and got counseling for depression and anxiety. Except for online poker (that’s another addiction topic for another day), he says he doesn’t play video games anymore. Which is probably good.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:18 pm
 

Russell Okung, Seahawks 'not even close'

The majority of the first-rounders from the 2010 NFL Draft have signed with their respective teams -- only six selections from the first round remain uninked after Tyson Alualu reportedly agreed to terms with the Jags .

Jermain Gresham, Dan Williams and Jerry Hughes will all likely get signed pretty quickly. Count Seattle's sixth overall selection as one of those that may take a while to get on board -- Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported on Sunday that the two sides are "not even close."
Per a league source, Okung and the Seahawks are "not even close" on a deal for the sixth overall pick in the draft. Now, it would SEEM easy to lock Okung in. After all, in theory, Seattle could just find a number that's somewhere between the deals given to Eric Berry (5th overall) and Joe Haden (7th), right?

One big problem is that Okung is prospective franchise tackle, which makes him substantially more valuable than Berry or Haden (in theory). Particularly for a team that just lost Walter Jones.

Additionally, it's almost certain that Okung is staring up at Trent Williams' deal with the Redskins and wondering just how close he can get to matching that.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 12:33 pm
 

Is Leroy Hill in danger of losing his job?

What to do with Seahawks LB Leroy Hill? After all, he’s been hit with a one-game suspension to open the season, and he’s facing assault charges in Issaquah, Wash., that could lead to more games missed. Well, if you’re Seattle, you demote him to the third team.

That’s exactly what the coaching staff did Saturday when the Seahawks opened camp. According to the Seattle Times , David Hawthorne played weakside LB with the first team, much as he’s done all offseason, and when he moved to the middle to replace Lofa Tatupu later in the day, Will Herring replaced Hawthorne.

Hill, who will be in court Aug. 20 for a pretrial hearing, is owed $8 million this year, but right now, it’s iffy if Seattle will opt to keep him around.

"I don't think it's any question that it's a distraction for him," coach Pete Carroll told reporters. "It's something that he has to deal with to some extent, but he's working really hard. I think this is good for him to be here and taking care of his business, and then we'll see what happens. We don't know what the result of this is, and then we'll deal with it when we have the information."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:09 pm
 

Quick Hit news items from the weekend

--It looks like Dwayne Jarrett will be the No. 2 receiver in Carolina this year .


--Trent Edwards opened training camp as the No. 1 quarterback in Buffalo.


--Pisa Tinoisamoa is battling Nick Roach for a starting strongside linebacker job in Chicago (both would be better on the weak side, but that’s neither here nor there.)


--Sidney Rice’s bum hip has landed him on PUP for now .


--Giants safety Kenny Phillips is also on PUP . Phillips is trying to come back from microfracture surgery that wiped out virtually all of his ’09 season.


--David Tyree and Ike Hilliard both signed contracts with the Giants so that they could retire as members of Big Blue.


--Chester Pitts finally found a home. The longtime Texan and his surgically-repaired knee signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks. Seattle runs a zone-blocking scheme that is very similar to the one Pitts worked in under Gary Kubiak in Houston.


--Derrick Burgess has upset the Patriots by not showing up for training camp. He is leaning towards retirement.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 9:20 am
 

Vincent Jackson to the Redskins?

If the Chargers do indeed trade Vincent Jackson, expect the disgruntled receiver to go to either the Redskins or Seahawks. This is according to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora. V. Jackson (US Presswire)

Jackson spent time this past offseason working out with Donovan McNabb in Arizona. The Redskins have no viable wideout aside from Santana Moss (dinosaur Joey Galloway is actually getting first team reps right now). They’re reportedly disenchanted with third-year receivers Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas. Both players lack downfield speed and quick change-of-direction, which, factored with their remedial coverage reading abilities, makes “getting open” a challenge.

The Seahawks come up whenever any star receiver is on the market. That could be because T.J. Houshmandzadeh is, deep down, more of a No. 2. Seattle actually has decent receiver depth, though. Deon Butler is expected to be better; Deion Branch is serviceable in the slot; and back in spring, coaches were giddy about the catch-and-run prowess of second-round rookie Golden Tate.

All this said, there’s still no guarantee that Chargers GM A.J. Smith will give in and trade Jackson.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:58 pm
 

Could Leroy Hill face another suspension?

Leroy Hill’s attorney requested and was granted a continuance by the Issaquah Municipal Court Thursday. The Seahawks linebacker faces a fourth-degree assault/domestic violence charge. The next hearing will be August 20. If it is determined that a jury is ready, Hill’s trial could begin before the end of the month.

Recently, there have been some twists in the legal proceedings. The prosecutor, Lynn Moberly, believes the no-contact order between Hill and the alleged victim has been violated. What’s given her that idea? Police have spotted the victim’s car in the driveway of Hill’s home.
Furthermore, police want to serve the victim with a subpoena, but they have been unable to track her down. Authorities are trying to obtain phone records to determine if Hill and the victim have been in touch.

The Seahawks open training camp Saturday. Hill was told by the team to stay away during spring. He joined his teammates in June. In July, Hill received a one-game suspension for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy for pleading guilty to marijuana charges in Georgia on April 1 (what a fool).

Hill’s $6 million salary in 2010 is guaranteed, which may explain why the Seahawks haven’t cut the underachiever. Another suspension  is the only thing that could jeopardize Hill’s guaranteed money. They’d never say this publicly, but it makes sense for the Seahawks to root against their own player once Hill’s trial gets underway.

-- Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 26, 2010 2:35 pm
 

Tod Leiweke leaves Seahawks CEO job for NHL

Tod Leiweke previously denied his interest in leaving his job as Seattle Seahawks' CEO for a position with the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, the Lightning announced today that Leiweke is in fact bolting the Seahawks for the same position with Tampa Bay.
Leiweke will also become an Alternate Governor to the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors for the Lightning and, subject to approval by the NHL, will acquire an ownership stake in Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment. We won't get into the details from the NHL end here, because, obviously, this is a football blog. However, Leiweke is leaving the Seahawks, making this move quite interesting to us.

Why? Because Leiweke is the guy who hired Pete Carroll and, really, there's nothing worse than getting hired for a job only to see the boss who hired you leave a few months/days/weeks later.

It doesn't change the way Carroll will approach 2010, and if he wins, this probably won't matter all that much. If Carroll struggles to make the Seahawks competitive though, maybe his new boss (whoever it is) won't be as lenient as the guy who hired him.

-- Will Brinson

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