Lots of news around the Seahawks today, with Bruce Irvin already thinking of playing elsewhere in 2016, Kevin Williams wanting to return, Robert Turbin apparently recovering from hip surgery, Michael Bennett hinting at a holdout, and Russell Wilson seemingly sending the Seahawks messages via social media.
If Irvin wants to play in Atlanta, the Seahawks should oblige and try to trade him there now. Dan Quinn’s club drafted Vic Beasley, but Quinn surely could use another pass rusher, especially one who can play linebacker. The Falcons are thought to have called about Irvin before the draft, so why not revive those talks and see if Seattle can get a 2016 second-rounder? If not Atlanta, find another team (Jacksonville and Gus Bradley?).
The Hawks are a bit thin at linebacker, but they could replace Irvin with Kevin Pierre-Louis. On the pass rush, rookie Frank Clark figures to take some of Irvin’s snaps anyway.
As for Williams, the Hawks probably are waiting to see whether Brandon Mebane will take a pay cut. If he won’t, it’s possible they let Mebane go and sign Williams, who told the Pioneer Press, “I want to go back to Seattle, but this is a business. They’re still evaluating their roster. I guess there’s not that many 12-year veterans that everyone wants. Everyone wants to go younger.”
The Hawks could afford Williams at $2 million a year again, especially if Mebane agreed to a two-year extension that still paid him $5.5 million in 2015, but with $4.5 million as a bonus prorated over three years and lower salaries the next two years.
As for Turbin, he reportedly will be ready for the season. But his recovery would appear to give Christine Michael one last chance to claim the No. 2 spot behind Marshawn Lynch.
Turbin’s situation likely scuttles any thought of flipping Michael to some team (Dallas?) for a mid-round pick. Not that the Hawks necessarily were considering it, but they surely won’t want to risk being too thin at running back.
Per Rob Rang, the Hawks think Thomas Rawls is pretty good, so it’s possible Michael gets bumped off the roster either way.
#Seahawks hopeful Robert Turbin will be ready for TC following offseason hip surgery. FWIW, staff really excited about UDFA RB Thomas Rawls.
— Rob Rang (@RobRang) May 14, 2015
Meanwhile, Bennett and Wilson are sending veiled messages to the Seahawks.
Bennett has made it clear he is unhappy with his contract, and on NFL Network he hinted that he might hold out for more money, saying, “I’m not back just yet.”
And Wilson — reportedly unhappy with the Seahawks’ contract offer — keeps sending out cryptic tweets that could be read as messages to the Seahawks: