Hawks a distant No. 2 in Peterson scenario

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In 2014, Jared Allen chose money over a Super Bowl chance with the Seahawks as he left the Minnesota Vikings.

Three years later, Adrian Peterson appears interested in making the opposite choice as he prepares to depart Minnesota.

Peterson reportedly favors Oakland, Seattle and New England — places where he could contend for an NFL title. But consider the Seahawks a distant second in that possible free-agent pursuit.

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Hawks make right decision on Shead

Salary cap logoThe Seahawks’ decisions on restricted free agents DeShawn Shead and Garry Gilliam were really the biggest questions among Seattle’s own free agents, and the Hawks have made savvy business decisions based on extenuating circumstances.

Because Shead is dealing with a torn ACL that could sideline him for half of the 2017 season, the Seahawks made the smart decision to forgo a tender and try to bring back the homegrown starting cornerback on a cheaper contract. Gilliam, meanwhile, reportedly has received the low tender of $1.8 million, which gives the Hawks the right to match any offer for their incumbent starting right tackle.

Before he was injured, Shead seemed likely to get at least a second-round tender ($2.75 million) or even a first ($3.9 million) — and possibly an extension later in the offseason (a la Doug Baldwin in 2014). But, due to his very unfortunate injury suffered in the playoff loss to Atlanta, Shead is not expected to be available until midseason. It would have been a waste of money to pay him even the low tender.

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