The evidence seems to be building that the Seahawks are getting ready to trade Earl Thomas. They reportedly are talking to several teams, including Dallas. They also just added Maurice Alexander, a former starter for the Rams. And they are looking at a lot of draft prospects at the position as well. Any acquiring team would have to be willing to pay Thomas a new deal. It was assumed he would want $14 million APY, which would trump Eric Berry’s deal as the best for an NFL safety. But Jason La Canfora reported $11 million APY would suffice. Maybe that’s his Dallas discount.
Ndamukong Suh returned home after meeting the Saints and Titans over the past few days. He and the Seahawks apparently are hoping to meet this week. Suh reportedly has talked to Pete Carroll a couple of times by phone. Suh also is planning to visit the Rams. The Titans have the most cap space ($43.9 million) to sign Suh, and the Rams have $28.9 million. The Seahawks ($18 million) and Saints ($2.3 million) would seem to be at a financial disadvantage. Seattle eschewed a big offer to Sheldon Richardson and probably won’t make a significant one to Suh either, if it even comes to that.
Despite adding Jaron Brown on Friday, the Seahawks apparently are not done receiver shopping. Terrelle Pryor was scheduled to visit Sunday. Russell Wilson apparently is recruiting him. Remember, the Seahawks acquired Pryor in a trade with Oakland in 2014, back when he was still a quarterback. They asked him to consider a switch to receiver, but he declined and was waived out of that summer’s camp. “He just wasn’t interested in the thought of it,” coach Pete Carroll told cleveland.com in 2016 after Pryor had changed his mind and was putting up a 1,000-yard receiving season for the Browns. “We thought as coaches that he’d be incredible at it. So none of us are surprised; we’re all just disappointed that we weren’t able to convince him earlier, because he would’ve been a fantastic player.”
The Seahawks probably always knew they were not going to be able to afford the big-name D-tackles. They moved on to a couple of former 49ers: Quinton Dial and Tank Carradine. The latter visited Friday but ended up signing with Oakland. They are also bringing in 33-year-old Tom Johnson, who was replaced in Minnesota by Richardson. Johnson is expected to visit Monday.
Jimmy Graham signed with Green Bay quickly, but Luke Willson has been taking a tour. His first two stops were Carolina and Jacksonville, and he visited Detroit on Saturday. He previously said Detroit is his top choice due to the proximity to his hometown in Ontario.
Mike Davis and Thomas Rawls were not given RFA tenders by Seattle, and both are hunting elsewhere. Davis visited Detroit on Friday, although the Lions signed LeGarrette Blount. Rawls visited the Chiefs. The Seahawks have looked at veterans again, bringing in Jonathan Stewart and DeMarco Murray. Stewart signed with the Giants. Murray is also visiting Miami.
The Seahawks reportedly are trying to re-sign Byron Maxwell — kind of a no-brainer after they cut Richard Sherman, DeShawn Shead and Jeremy Lane. They need a starting corner.
The Hawks also have started to look at offensive linemen. D.J. Fluker, a road-grading guard who played for new line coach Mike Solari last year in New York, is visiting Seattle. Some fans dreamed of Seattle chasing the top free-agent guard, Andrew Norwell, but that was never realistic. He agreed to a deal worth $13.3 million a year with Jacksonville. The Seahawks could look to use a high pick in the draft on a potential step-in starter at guard.
The Seahawks signed tight end Ed Dickson, 30, to a three-year deal worth $14 million — which is more than double his previous contract value with Carolina. Dickson caught 57 passes in that last three-year deal — he’s more of a blocking tight end with some catch-passing ability. Maybe Seattle was swayed by his career-best 14.6 YPC last season and thinks he can be the two-way tight end they want. This should end Seattle’s TE shopping, barring a minimum-salary addition or rookie. The Hawks apparently chose Dickson over Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Jaguars.
The Seahawks made their first addition: LB Barkevious Mingo, the sixth pick in the 2013 draft. He will get a two-year, $6.8 million deal that pays him $3.2 million this year. That makes it seem like he will play a Bruce Irvin role, starting at linebacker and rushing the QB. He has just nine career sacks, but he had five as a rookie.
The Seahawks re-signed Bradley McDougald for three years and $13.5 million. He was their No. 1 free agent, based on need and value, so this was a good move. He will count about $3.33 million in 2018.
The Seahawks tendered Justin Coleman at the second-round level, for $2.9 million. That secures the excellent (and desperately needed, at this point) nickel corner and leaves four RFAs. Dion Jordan got the $1.9 million tender, which still protects Seattle with a first-round pick if another team signs him to an offer sheet. As expected, the team did not tender RFAs Mike Davis, Thomas Rawls or Dewey McDonald.
As long expected, the Seahawks lost Sheldon Richardson, who has a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings. It’s worth up to $11 million, with a base value of $8 million. He reportedly was seeking upwards of $15 million APY but obviously couldn’t find a team to pay that in a multi-year deal, so he settled for a one-year, market-reset contract. Richardson had a simple reason for signing with the Vikings: “They gave me a better offer than Seattle did.” The Seahawks reportedly offered $6.5 million APY. If true, they didn’t value him very highly.
The Seahawks lost their gamble on DeShawn Shead, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with Detroit. The Seahawks did him a huge favor by cutting him so he could test the market; he will not factor in the comp formula. Shead’s agent gave Seattle a chance to match, but John Schneider declined.
Paul Richardson was one of several receivers to get big contracts Tuesday. He will sign with Washington for five years and $40 million — an $8 million APY that is right around what was expected. Sammy Watkins agreed to a deal worth $16 million a year from the Chiefs, Allen Robinson for $14 million APY from Chicago and Albert Wilson received $8 million APY from Miami.
Jimmy Graham signed a three-year, $30 million deal with Green Bay, which keeps him as the highest-paid tight end in the NFL. He bade goodbye to the Seahawks and Seattle.
It sounds like Richard Sherman ended up in San Francisco because Aqib Talib didn’t want to go there.
Here are the real terms of Sherman’s contract. If healthy, he should make $10 million in 2018. If he’s a star — and voted as such — he could make the full $13 million.
The Seahawks reportedly declined Miami’s offer of Jarvis Landry for Sherman in 2017.
Duane Brown said on NFL Network: “I think there are going to be some more moves made on offense to kind of balance (the roster) out.” Brown should get an extension this offseason. The top offensive linemen are making $13 million APY, with Nate Solder now leading the way at $15.5 million. Brown, 32, seems likely to get a short extension (maybe three years) for about $12 million APY.
K.J. Wright said, “This has been one of the more tough offseasons to deal with. Every year it’s not fun when guys leave, but this one hurt pretty bad with Sherman leaving. … It’s a ruthless business. It’s something that we know what we were signed up for. However, it still doesn’t make it easier knowing when your guys leave.”