Russell Wilson had a big week, getting drafted first overall for the Pro Bowl, leading in merchandise sales and signing a long-term endorsement deal with Nike.
Russell Okung is going to have shoulder surgery and be out until June — a development that could severely limit his options in free agency.
Robbie Tobeck gave his nickel’s worth on the Seahawks’ offensive line. It’s good advice.
Under the new Pro Bowl drafting format, the Seahawks are going to be split, with Wilson, Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman on Michael Irvin’s squad and and Bobby Wagner and Tyler Lockett on Jerry Rice’s side.
Lockett is having a blast in Hawaii, rubbing elbows with Rice (who briefly played for the Seahawks, as you might recall) and some of the NFL’s best.
Wagner, a two-time Pro Bowl pick, is enjoying his first trip to the game — exchanging notes with fellow linebacking greats such as NaVorro Bowman and Clay Matthews.
Bennett did a bit of everything in Pro Bowl practice Friday.
If Seattle coaches haven’t learned their lesson, they should listen to Robbie Tobeck.
The best center in franchise history says the Seahawks need veteran linemen, and he should know: He was the pivot on the best line in team history — the 2001-05 group that also included All-Pros Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson and savvy vet Chris Gray, a quartet that started 65 games together during that stretch (Hutch missed 12 in 2002, and Jones sat out three in holdouts).
Tobeck came from Atlanta in 2000 and started every game from 2001 to 2005, along with Gray, who set the team record for consecutive starts after coming from Chicago in 1998.
Pete Carroll’s Seahawks could desperately use the same kind of veteran savvy and dependability those two offered alongside superstars Jones and Hutch during Mike Holmgren’s Seattle heyday.
Continue reading Tobeck’s good advice: Add a couple of OL vets
When Russell Okung suffered a dislocated shoulder in the playoff loss to Carolina, it seemed a sad but fitting end to his injury-filled Seahawks career.
But let’s not write him off yet.
In fact, don’t be surprised if Okung comes back to Seattle in 2016 — on a one-year, prove-it deal.
His email to NFL teams explaining that shoulder surgery will sideline him until June proves that his value — already less than he thinks it is — took a big hit with his latest injury.
Continue reading Will Okung be back on a one-year deal?
Rob Staton posits a seven-round mock draft for the Seahawks, which nets a couple of linemen and a pass rusher.
Bob Condotta takes a look at the Seahawks’ linebacker situation entering the offseason.
Hawk Blogger presents five alternative free-agent D-tackles as Brandon Mebane and Ahtyba Rubin prepare to hit the market.
Derrick Coleman apparently was smoking synthetic weed when he had his car accident in October.
Kam Chancellor is out of the Pro Bowl — appropriate considering he didn’t merit it anyway.
Condotta explains why the Seahawks surely wouldn’t ask a retiring Marshawn Lynch to return bonus money.
Dave Boling points out that Carolina has used Seattle’s blueprint to get to the Super Bowl — a good sign for the Seahawks heading forward.
News flash: Seahawks fans hate Cam Newton.
John Schneider told 710 ESPN that Marshawn Lynch is leaning toward retirement. He also talked a lot about the offensive line in a KJR interview.
Lynch’s mom doesn’t think he is going to retire, although it seems more wishful thinking.
If Lynch does retire, the Seahawks could seek to recoup $5 million in bonus money — though they probably would not.
Jermaine Kearse says he won’t give a hometown discount. Does he think the Seahawks care?
John Clayton gave his projections for some of Seattle’s key free agents.
Rob Staton’s latest mock draft has the Seahawks taking a tackle in the first round.
Dave Wyman, my co-author on “Then Zorn Said to Largent,” is right when he says Michael Bennett has earned concessions (and Kam Chancellor has not).
Earl Thomas donated $15,000 to a homeless mission in Seattle.
The Seahawks gave the Cardinals some good advice about playing on Charlotte’s crappy field.
As his turn in the spotlight begins, Seattle GM John Schneider made the radio rounds Friday and talked about the personnel issues facing him and the team this offseason.
In his interviews with 710 ESPN and KJR, Schneider basically confirmed everything we thought: Marshawn Lynch is leaning toward retirement, Jimmy Graham will be back and the offensive line is an obvious priority.
Schneider also declined to address Kam Chancellor’s situation, telling 710 ESPN, “We’re going to take care of immediate issues.”
Asked about redoing deals, as Chancellor and Michael Bennett have proposed, the GM told 710 ESPN, “It’s all on an individual basis. We’re going to do whatever we can to keep this puzzle together, but we can’t get out of whack either.”
Continue reading Schneider talks Lynch, Graham, Kam, O-line
Thanks to going minus-five in free agency last year, the Seahawks are going to get three compensatory draft picks this year — including a rare third-rounder.
You can bet John Schneider would be fine with getting another third next year — and he has two free agents who might be able to net him that.
The Seahawks have eight key unrestricted free agents — four defensive starters, three offensive starters and punter Jon Ryan — and are not going to be able to keep all of them. In fact, Seattle could end up losing six UFA starters.
But Schneider would be fine with that — because it would mean another nice haul of comp picks (up to the maximum four) in 2017.
Continue reading Projecting market value for Seattle’s top UFAs
For some reason, there is a thought among more than a few Seahawks fans that Jimmy Graham won’t — or shouldn’t — be back next season.
The Seattle Times even ran a poll asking whether fans thought Graham and/or Marshawn Lynch would be back, and about 22 percent thought Graham would not return.
Clearly, these people have not observed how John Schneider and Pete Carroll do business. Graham is not going anywhere in 2016.
Continue reading Graham is not going anywhere this year
It can be easy to lose track of where undrafted players are in the free agency track, especially if they have spent time on the practice squad for more than one season.
DeShawn Shead is one of those confusing guys — so befuddling that some people think he is an unrestricted free agent (UFA), some think he is a restricted free agent (RFA) and others think he is an exclusive-rights free agent (ERFA). The answer, determined after backtracking his roster time: He is an ERFA.
First, a quick review of the definitions:
Continue reading Clarifying Shead’s status: He’s an ERFA
Pete Carroll wants his guys to use this offseason to look at the game from the other side.
Russell Okung still plans to represent himself in contract talks.
Bruce Irvin said he would take up to $5 million less to return to Seattle. That probably means $1 million/year less. He figures to get an offer of at least $7 million/year from some team and the Hawks probably could not offer him more than $5 million.
Jermaine Kearse would love to come back, and Carroll would love to have him back. Of course, the price has to be right for both.
Regarding Marshawn Lynch, Carroll said, “I don’t know how that’s going to go.” But everyone expects Lynch to go.
The Seahawks reportedly would like to keep Lynch at a reduced rate — which won’t happen.