Hawk Notes 9/19: Roster Moves, My Opinion of Tate’s Fine

19 Sep

Yesterday the Seahawks announced a few roster moves. Cornerback Danny Gorrer has been signed to the 53-man roster and to make room we have released running back Kregg Lumpkin. Gorrer is a journeyman player who most recently played for the Baltimore Ravens the past two seasons. He has also spent time with the New Orleans Saints and the St. Louis Rams. With the injury Sunday to Byron Maxwell, Gorrer will most likely take Maxwell’s spot and play primarily on special teams.

The Seahawks also released wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and linebacker Allen Bradford from the practice squad and brought back linebacker Korey Toomer and offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson to the practice squad.

Today wide receiver Golden Tate was fined $21,000 for his block on Dallas linebacker Sean Lee in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win. In real time it looked like a vicious crushing blow but when the play is slowed down I cannot see any evidence of it being a dirty hit. Tate hit Lee in the chest and led with his shoulder. Only helmet-to-helmet hits or hits where the tackler leads with his helmet are subject to fines so this fine does not make any sense to me. Coach Carroll said today that Tate will appeal the fine and rightfully so.

Like I said, this fine does not make any sense to me. In an era where player safety is at the forefront of the issues in the National Football League I do not understand how Tate is supposed to do anything different. According to the official reasoning, Tate was fined for hitting a “defenseless player,” but when you are actively trying to run down and tackle a player (in this case Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson) how does that make a defender defenseless? I hope that Tate wins this appeal because he definitely deserves to. If not, then I hope Tate’s teammates step up to help pay the fine; a commonality among plays that should not warrant a fine in the minds of other players and fans.

Tomorrow the Seahawks start preparation for Monday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. I hope to be back on tomorrow night with notes from practice.

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