Some observations from Day 3 of camp from those who were there:
In the wake of the big deals signed by Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner, someone was going to have to go to give the Hawks a little more cap space for this season — they were around $2 million and need to be around $4 million. Rather than cut Brandon Mebane, as had been rumored for months, the Seahawks released fellow defensive tackle Tony McDaniel instead. The move adds $3 million to Seattle’s cap, giving them comfort for the season.
The Hawks — short on cornerbacks with Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon out — also acquired Mohammed Seisay from the Detroit Lions for a 2016 sixth-round pick.
With Tony McDaniel released, John Boyle of Seahawks.com focused on Ahtyba Rubin.
In other D-tackle topics, Boyle wrote about Brandon Mebane and Jordan Hill, who both missed the Super Bowl after having their 2014 seasons cut short by injuries.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times talked about the four-way battle at center — they need to narrow that down very soon — and Christine Michael’s first few days. (Our take: Don’t be surprised if he ends up being traded this preseason).
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune revealed that Bobby Wagner’s kidneys “don’t function as well as they should.” Bell also noted that Mebane and Frank Clark looked very good.
Hawk Blogger Brian Nemhauser says WR Doug McNeil stood out (The Times has mentioned him, too). Brian also said RB Thomas Rawls and LB Tyrell Adams had good days. All three of these guys are worth tracking as the preseason progresses.
Condotta talked to Russell Okung, who is not sweating his contract — unlike a lot of his teammates. “I’m grateful for where I’m at,’’ said Okung, who is in the final year of his rookie deal. “I still get a chance to play with the Seahawks, so I’m going to be showing my gratitude in the way that I come out here every single day and grab my lunch pail and go to work.’’
Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com takes a look at the Seahawks’ “superstar” financial strategy of paying their best players and filling behind them with rookies and cheaper players.
And let’s finish Day 3 off with the Blue Angels:
— #SeahawksCamp (@Seahawks) August 3, 2015