The Seahawks do not expect Ziggy Ansah to be ready for the start of the season, and Bobby Wagner does expect to be the highest-paid linebacker by next year.
Those were the top two takeaways from the second day of Seattle’s OTAs, which are missing a number of guys recovering from surgeries and injuries.
Wagner, whose OTA activity consists only of coaching younger players, said he wants to surpass C.J. Mosley’s $17 million a year. “That’s the top (of the) linebacker market,” Wagner said. “That is the standard. And so that is the plan: To break that.”
Pete Carroll said talks have been “amicable,” but if the Hawks were ready to pay Wagner that much, a deal would be done quickly. The longer they wait, the more obvious it will be that they do not want to pay that amount — even though they can afford it.
Carroll said Ansah “has a chance” to be ready Week 1, which really means he is not expected to be ready.
“He’s got a long process to get back (from labrum surgery),” Carroll said. “His attitude is great. He’s working everyday. He’s involved in all phases … in the training room and with strength and conditioning. It’s just going to take a while. And we don’t know until after the break, until we get to camp really, to see how far along we were able to get him, and then we’ll see what camp tells us.”
Here’s a positional breakdown as the Seahawks reconvene through June 13:
News: The Seahawks recently signed Geno Smith, yet another reclamation project from the 2013 draft.
What it means: Smith and Paxton Lynch will compete to see which former high pick will back up Russell Wilson in 2019.
Carroll said: “Just want the competition. Geno was available, and we thought it would be worth the shot. He made a great impression starting out, so let the games begin and let these guys battle it out and see how it goes. … I’m really thinking that is as strong as we have been in terms of the competitiveness of the backup spot. So, I’m looking forward to it.’’
News: Chris Carson had knee surgery, but Rashaad Penny is in great shape.
What it means: Many hope Carson is the next Marshawn Lynch, but he still has not shown he can last a full season. This was minor “cleanup” surgery, but it is another reminder that the Hawks need a solid backup plan. Penny, the overdrafted 2018 first-rounder, is that plan.
Carroll on Penny: “He looks great. He’s fast, he’s lean. … He’s doing really well. He’s trimmed a little bit. He’s stronger than he was, I think, so he’s transferred some weight. But he looks great right now.”
News: Carroll and Wilson lauded the recently released and soon retiring Doug Baldwin; Carroll said Amara Darboh looks good; fourth-rounder Gary Jennings is still out with a hamstring injury; and second-rounder D.K. Metcalf has a ways to go to get into the top three, which right now is Tyler Lockett, Jaron Brown and David Moore.
What it means: Nothing we didn’t already know. Carroll has said he wants Brown to be more involved, and Metcalf is going to be a bit player unless he overtakes Moore. It still will be a surprise if Darboh makes the team.
Carroll on Darboh: “Darboh looks great. He’s back in the fold now, so he goes right back into the competition of it.”
Wilson on Baldwin: “There’s nobody like Doug Baldwin. He’s going to be remembered forever around here.”
News: Will Dissly did not practice as he comes back from a torn patella tendon.
What it means: Dissly figures to start training camp on PUP, which is one reason the Seahawks acquired Jacob Hollister from New England right after the draft.
News: Mike Iupati made a positive first impression, with Carroll calling him a player “who jumped off the film” from Day 1.
What it means: OTAs are useless for gauging offensive linemen. And it is no surprise that a former first-rounder looks good in drills. For Iupati, like most of Seattle’s guards, it will come down to staying healthy when it matters.
News: Ansah was the big news, but the Hawks also signed first-rounder L.J. Collier, Jarran Reed remained out as he recovers from sports hernia surgery and Gerald McCoy remained a hot topic after Tampa released him.
What it means: As we have said, the Hawks need another veteran pass rusher as a hedge against not having Ansah. Whether that is Nick Perry or someone else, there needs to be another addition. McCoy is certainly worth a call, although he might cost too much for Seattle. The Hawks could afford $8 million, if they were interested.
Carroll on Ansah: “It’s a huge get for us. Ziggy playing last year at the time when he got hurt, hurt his shoulder, he was as effective a rusher as there was in the league. … He’s got a chance to be a big factor for us. … Speed, size, strength, toughness. He’s got a great motor about the way he plays. We’re really fortunate to have him.’’
News: Wagner is not practicing as he awaits a new deal, Mychal Kendricks is practicing as he awaits sentencing and Shaquem Griffin is working as a rush linebacker.
What it means: We’ll see whether the Hawks are willing to pay Wagner top dollar. The longer it goes, the less likely he will get it — whether he takes less or takes nothing. … Kendricks seems unlikely to be available unless his sentencing for insider trading continues to get pushed back. … Griffin might have an uphill battle to make the roster after the team drafted two linebackers, so Carroll is giving him a chance to show his abilities.
Wagner said: “I am honoring the contract. I am here, participating, helping the young guys to be the best they can be. So I am here and that’s what I want to do. … But I believe there is something that can happen.’’
Carroll on Wagner: “All through the offseason, it’s been a process of step-by-step, and we are right in stride with the process. Bobby has been great. Everything is going to come together in time. … Everything is in order, we are in order with what we want to do and it feels very comfortable and very amicable and all that, so everything is going just right.’’
Carroll on Kendricks: “Well, I can’t tell you how that is going to go, but we are very hopeful that it is going to turn out well for Mike, and we will just have to wait and see how that goes.”
News: Bradley McDougald had surgery on the knee that bothered him all last season and he is away from the team rehabbing, and Delano Hill continues to recover from a hip injury that ended his 2018 season just as he was starting to make an impact.
What it means: The Seahawks drafted Marquise Blair partly to compete against Hill and Tedric Thompson, but also because McDougald is wearing down and probably won’t be a Seahawk after 2020. Obviously, the hope is McDougald is able to enter next season healthy, so the young safeties can compete for one spot instead of two this summer.
Carroll on Hill: “He lost a little bit of weight where he had to be inactive, but his weight’s coming back and his strength’s coming back.”