It turns out that idea about using the transition tag on Sheldon Richardson is not quite as good as we thought it was.
We recently posited the idea that John Schneider might prefer the transition tender to the franchise marker because (1) it is cheaper, (2) Richardson could shop himself, (3) Schneider still could match and (4) Seattle still could get a third-round comp pick in 2019 if Richardson left.
That all still applies, except No. 4. It turns out the NFL recently changed the rule and transition players no longer qualify for comp picks. This was discovered by Nick Korte of Over The Cap in 2016, as related to Miami rescinding the transition tag for Olivier Vernon. (We usually do the right research to get facts straight before posting anything, but we missed this change.)
It takes away some of the leverage we thought Schneider might have if he chose the cheaper tag.
Continue reading Correction: Transition tag not as great as we thought
In the next week or two, we’re going to find out a whole lot (OK, at least a little) about the Seahawks’ offseason plans.
Today is the first day of the two-week “tag” window, which may or may not be pertinent to the Seahawks.
A lot of people expect John Schneider to franchise Sheldon Richardson. We think the transition tag would be better (unless Schneider plans to trade Sheldon). And it’s still most likely that Schneider won’t use a tag at all.
Continue reading To tag or not to tag? We’ll soon find out
Any day now, NFL teams will begin the Purge — the annual pre-league-year dump of overpaid and/or underperforming players.
The Seahawks haven’t been a part of the Purge since 2014, when they cut Red Bryant, Sidney Rice and Chris Clemons. But they will be part of this one, expected to at least release Jeremy Lane and Cliff Avril.
And then John Schneider will play the comp game, bargain shopping among other street free agents.
Continue reading After purge, Schneider will bargain shop
In December, we suggested the concept of Seattle using the franchise tag on Sheldon Richardson in order to then possibly trade him. John Clayton and Joel Corry recently talked about the move as an option, too.
But, the more we think about it, the more the transition tag seems like the better option for John Schneider and the Seahawks.
Yeah, we know, the last time the Seahawks used the transition tag, it was a disaster. But there are no more poison pills. And Schneider obviously would be fine with losing Richardson if he did use the transition tender.
Here’s why it might be better:
Continue reading Best move on Sheldon may be transition tag
Of course Richard Sherman is going to play next season. There was never any question about that. He merely confirmed it Thursday night.
There probably isn’t a question about where he will play either — not with him coming off an Achilles injury. Even he said he had no doubt he would be a Seahawk in 2018.
The Seahawks certainly will not cut him, as we said in November after he was injured. And, due to the injury, he probably won’t draw any good trade offers. So the Hawks will be content to help him rehab and prove his mettle again at age 30. And then decide whether to re-sign him in 2019.
But, worth considering: If some team were willing to offer a second-round pick or even a third, would John Schneider take it?
Continue reading Sherman will be a Seahawk in 2018, unless …
The third bird was a charm.
The Eagles managed to do what their feathered NFC friends the Falcons and Seahawks could not — finish off the Patriots in yet another high-flying Super Bowl. And now we are officially on to the NFL offseason (which has started with a bang thanks to Josh McDaniels).
The Seahawks, of course, have been finished for a month — enough time for Pete Carroll to perform a major shakeup of his staff (eight coaches gone, five arrived). Now it is John Schneider’s turn.
Continue reading 12-step program for Schneider’s offseason
As former Seahawk Steve Hutchinson waits for the Hall of Fame to come knocking this weekend, it is a reminder of what the Seahawks once had — and what they need to build again.
The big question some fans have: Will John Schneider do what Tim Ruskell would not and pay an All-Pro guard?
As longtime fans (pre-“12s”) will recall, Ruskell (Seattle’s GM before Schneider) chose not to franchise the All-Pro Hutchinson in 2006 and ended up losing him to Minnesota.
Hutch and Hall of Famer Walter Jones keyed the best line in Seattle history in the early to mid-2000s, but Seattle has not been able to field a strong line since Ruskell’s huge mistake. We’ve called it the Curse of Hutch.
Continue reading Will Schneider pay to end Curse of Hutch?