At the NFL owners meetings this week, Pete Carroll and John Schneider gave us a better idea of where Seattle’s seven new veterans (not counting kickers) might fit.
We also learned that Marshawn Lynch is indeed contemplating a return and the Seahawks really have heard from teams (including the Patriots) gauging a trade for Richard Sherman.
On top of that, Carroll and Schneider addressed their backup quarterback situation, which is a little hazy in light of Trevone Boykin’s recent arrest — but won’t include Colin Kaepernick.
Let’s take a look at the key comments from Carroll and Schneider, by position, courtesy of Bob Condotta and John Boyle of Seahawks.com:
News: Boykin was arrested on marijuana charges in Texas and has a May 3 court date. Some fans oddly have been stumping for Kaepernick, who has plenty of allies in the Seattle locker room despite the old Hawks-Niners rivalry.
Schneider on Boykin: “We are still getting all the information. I haven’t even read the police report yet. I spoke with him yesterday afternoon and he was incredibly apologetic. Felt like wrong place at the wrong time but we have to keep researching it and find out what is going on in terms of his future with the club, like I said I don’t have all the information yet. But we are obviously going to have somebody in there competing with him at some point.’’
Next: They will decide whether to keep Boykin, but they definitely will be adding another QB. Do not expect it to be Kaepernick. Schneider said he didn’t even know what kind of deal the ex-49er was seeking, which means Schneider has not explored adding him. “We’ve very much been on the periphery of it,” the GM said.
News: Lynch is considering coming out of retirement but has not asked to be removed from the reserve list.
Carroll said: “I know that he is somewhat entertaining the thought of it. I can’t tell you how strong it is.’’
Next: Asked whether the team would trade or release Lynch if he decided to play, Carroll said, “We’ll talk about that if the time comes.”
News: Tyler Lockett, coming off a broken leg, should be ready to practice by training camp.
Carroll said: “Tyler’s a little bit ahead because of the surgery he had. (Earl Thomas is) doing really well. They’ll be around and involved in a little bit of everything, but they won’t be able to go full-speed. We probably won’t get either guy until camp. I know Tyler wants to get back sooner than that. He may, but we’ll see.’’
Next: The Seahawks have been linked to a couple of receivers in free agency but haven’t really been looking hard. They still have Paul Richardson and Tanner McEvoy behind Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse (who should be on the hot seat). The draft could bring another option, or they can always bring in a veteran just before camp in July.
News: Luke Joeckel will start out at left tackle, looking to knock out George Fant. Germain Ifedi could move to right tackle, with newcomer Oday Aboushi stepping in at right guard. Rees Odhiambo apparently will get a chance to unseat Mark Glowinski at left guard (which could knock Glow to right guard).
Schneider on Joeckel: “We feel he can play left tackle. Actually in our opinion, (he) played a little bit better at guard last year. So he’s got that ability to play both spots. So there’s utility value there. He’s got almost a veteran presence about him. Played a lot of football.’’
Carroll on Joeckel: “Luke is a guy who started at left tackle, was drafted at left tackle. I’m thinking of him as that, knowing he can play left guard.’’
Carroll on Aboushi: “We’re gonna put him over on the right side, see how he does at right guard, knowing he can move around. … He’s really well-equipped, smart, fits the style. He’s been in the same zone running style. But particularly we rated him very highly in his pass protection, and we’re really excited about that.”
Carroll on Ifedi: “We drafted (Ifedi) as a right tackle that could play right guard. We’ve used that flexibility already. He’s excited about the chance to play outside if that’s what we want him to do.’’
Carroll on Odhiambo: “We drafted him to be a starting player. … It was just a matter of time. When he comes to camp, he should be as pumped as ever, because he’s going to get a great chance to star. … We’re going to try to keep him on the left side as best we can and see what happens there.”
Next: The Hawks probably won’t add another veteran — even though Ryan Clady remains unsigned — until after they see what the draft brings. Would they consider using their first-rounder on Garett Bolles or Forrest Lamp, if either is available?
News: The Seahawks added Michael Wilhoite, Terence Garvin and Arthur Brown, but they are more for special-teams and backup help than anything, because the Hawks (like most teams) play a ton of nickel.
Schneider said: “When you look at the SAM linebacker position, it’s really hard to say you’re going to take a huge risk on somebody or step out on a limb for somebody. The reps are 15 to 17 (per game) or something like that. … It’s just a nickel league now.”
Carroll said: “There are some really interesting players in the draft, too, so we’ll be looking and see how it goes. If we’re unable to draft anybody, I think we’re on the verge of being OK as it is, so it’s going to be a very strong group. I don’t feel like I could say that over the last couple years. I feel like we’ve been piecemealing with young guys and free agent guys coming off the wire. We’ve had to work hard at that, and I think this is a more experienced group coming in.”
Next: If the Seahawks draft one, it seems likely to be a dual-position hybrid such as Jabrill Peppers or Tyus Bowser.
News: Teams, including reportedly the Patriots, have indeed called about Richard Sherman. As expected, DeShawn Shead is not likely to be ready for the season, but Earl Thomas is on pace to return for training camp. The Hawks would “love” to re-sign Kam Chancellor. Bradley McDougald was “too good to pass up.” The Seahawks apparently think Pierre Desir can be a factor at corner, along with Neiko Thorpe, whom they signed to a two-year deal.
Carroll on Sherman: “There have been some teams that have called, and so we have talked about it. But he is extremely important to our football team. I don’t see anything happening at all. I don’t see anything happening with any of our players, just the banter that’s out there right now. But it has been talked about. He is a great player and he can impact a team. I can see why people would be interested in him.’’
Carroll on Shead: “He is shooting for the first ballgame, at least that’s his goal that he has in mind. We’d be really surprised if he could do that, but DeShawn is an amazing player and he can do anything, so if he makes it back before then it will be fitting for the way he has approached the game and the way he’s been about rehabbing, returning and overcoming odds and all of that. … It’s a little bit out of everybody’s hands. Just gonna see how it works out for him.”
Carroll on McDougald: “He can (play both safety spots). He’s been good enough in the past to move guys around on their own team. There’s a chance we can be creative with some stuff, and we’ll look forward to figuring that out.”
Schneider on McDougald: “He was just too good of a player for us. It was very similar to when we ran into Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril (in 2013); it was just a player who we had rated very highly as an unrestricted guy. We loved what he did last year with 90-some tackles and the guy was still out there (in free agency). It’s one of those deals where, again, we have a good relationship with his agent, they reached out to us, his market didn’t exactly go exactly where he wanted, so that’s where we were able to kind of work out a one-year deal with him and see where it goes.”
Carroll on the corners: “The obvious move is Jeremy Lane becomes the starter. He has done that in the past for us, so Jeremy has been a good, solid player for us for a number of years. And then the competition is wide open as it always is, so we’ll see what happens. … Neiko Thorpe is a guy who impressed us; he had a very good season for us last year. He’s big and strong and fast; he proved that he’s an all-around football player. … DeAndre Elliott did a nice job when he stepped in. So there’s going to be a really good competition. Pierre Desir is a guy we are excited about; he’s played in the league before. He didn’t get a chance last year much, but he’s done well in practice, so those guys are really going to go for it and we’ll see what happens. I’ll be excited to see how it turns out.”
Next: The Hawks still could bring back Kelcie McCray and/or Steven Terrell. They also figure to draft a corner (or two) and perhaps a safety.