I hate the fact that finals occurs at the very start of NFL free agency. Now that I am done I’m finally back on the blog. Here is a recap of the Seahawks moves over the last 25 hours, and what could be happening within the next few days:
Red Bryant Re-Signed: Within the first hour of free agency, the Seahawks took care of their biggest priority. Locking up Red Bryant for 5 years is a great move and I am very happy that we were able to get the deal done so quickly. According to Bryant in an interview earlier today, the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots showed interest in his services but he wanted to stay in a system and a city that he was comfortable with.
Heath Farwell Re-Signed: Farwell is a solid special teams player. Not the biggest signing but definitely a move to keep special teams continuity in tact, and to keep continuity in the Seahawks linebacker corps.
John Carlson signs with Minnesota: The Vikings reached an agreement on a 5-year, $25 million contract with the former Seahawks tight end. With this move, there are whispers that the Seahawks may be interested in bringing in tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Shiancoe, formerly with the Vikings is another player familiar with Darrell Bevell’s offensive system and would be a solid replacement to line up in a tight end set with Zach Miller.
Multiple teams interested in Hawthorne: Through twitter, I have confirmed that both the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints have interest in linebacker David Hawthorne. After Red Bryant, I believed that re-signing Hawthorne was our next biggest priority. The fact that no movement has been made from Seahawks camp on a contract with Hawthorne leads me to believe he will not be back in Seattle in 2012.
Flynn, Hutchinson, Jones to make visits: Reports indicate that quarterback Matt Flynn, offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, and defensive tackle Jason Jones are all scheduled to meet with the Seahawks over the next 24-48 hours.
It seems to be a two-team race for Flynn between us and the Dolphins. Since the Dolphins are still in the running for Peyton Manning, I think the Seahawks may be the leading candidate to land Flynn. I believe that there is a good possibility that Flynn will leave Seattle on Friday morning with a contract offer.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times tweeted today that unless another team “blows away” Seattle’s offer, Hutchinson will be returning to the Seahawks. If the price is right I would not be opposed to bringing Hutch back, however I am having a hard time picturing our offensive line with Hutchinson in the mix, especially if John Moffitt and James Carpenter are both healthy.
Jason Jones has been with the Tennessee Titans for the last 4 years. He has taken a visit to St. Louis and has a visit scheduled with the Seahawks. Adding Jones would bolster our defensive line depth but I believe the Rams have a better chance to land Jones, as he would be reunited with head coach Jeff Fisher.
Stay tuned for more free agency news as it happens!