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Hawk Notes 8/20: Ruud Traded, Remembering George Hickman

20 Aug

Not a whole lot going on down in Renton today. There were a couple of big things off the field however.

Tonight the Seahawks traded linebacker Barrett Ruud to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a future draft pick. This move all but solidifies rookie Bobby Wagner as our starting middle linebacker this season. Congratulations to Bobby, as he will become the first rookie middle linebacker to start for the Seahawks since Lofa Tatupu in 2005, who wound up a candidate for defensive rookie of the year. Wagner has looked really good during the preseason and in my opinion he has shown that he is capable of making the defensive calls. The trading of Ruud is somewhat surprising but understandable given the Saints linebacker corps lost Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne to injuries this past week. With Lofton and Hawthorne’s statuses up in the air, Ruud may be in a position to start for New Orleans in week 1. It has not been announced what the Seahawks will receive in return but it is believed to be a draft pick most likely in 2013.

Sad news both in Seattle and around the country today as Tuskegee Airman and Seattle resident George Hickman passed away Sunday morning at the age of 88. Hickman served in World War II from 1943-1945 and was one of the first African-Americans to fly and serve in war. The reason I mention this news is Hickman’s connection to the Seahawks and the rest of the Seattle sports community. Hickman raised the 12th Man flag on Veterans appreciation day last season before the Seahawks defeated the Baltimore Ravens. Hickman served as a seating host for the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field and was also an usher at Alaska Airlines Arena for University of Washington Husky basketball games. Hickman was a passionate sports fan and connected with fans young and old at all kinds of Seattle sporting events. He will be missed by many, including this 12th Man who greatly appreciates everything George Hickman did for not only this city but for this entire country.

Tomorrow morning the Seahawks have a practice at 10:15 as they begin prep for the ever important third preseason game against Kansas City on Friday night.

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Seahawks Free Agency To This Point

14 Mar

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!

Should the Seahawks consider bringing back Lofa Tatupu?

4 Mar

With David Hawthorne becoming an unrestricted free agent and Leroy Hill being arrested on counts of marijuana possession, the Seahawks linebacker corps looks like the biggest question mark heading into the 2012 offseason. Because of this, the Seahawks may be interested in bringing back Lofa Tatupu, who was the staple of their defense from 2005-2010.

As you may remember, Tatupu was cut before the 2011 season for refusing to take a pay cut. Although he was looked at as an option by multiple teams after his release, he spent the entire 2011 season at home. Many people including myself believe this is because his demands money and contract wise were too much for any potential suitor. Tatupu is only 29-years-old and I believe he still has the fire to be a force in the NFL, if he can stay healthy.

I believe the Seahawks should take a good long look at Tatupu this offseason, especially if we are unable to retain Hawthorne and/or Hill. After sitting at home, Tatupu may now understand he is not worth what he originally thought and he would be willing to accept a reduced salary. Tatupu also brings excellent veteran leadership and is already familiar with Coach Gus Bradley’s defensive system.

There are a couple of red flags however, primarily his inability to stay healthy. Between 2008 and 2009, Tatupu missed 12 games due to injury and when he returned, many fans including myself could tell his play had declined. Tatupu was also arrested in 2008 for DUI.

I believe we should definitely take a look at Tatupu and seriously consider bringing him back. I don’t expect him to be the three-time Pro Bowler he was early in his career and I don’t think he would even be a starter with the Seahawks, but if we lose Hawthorne and Hill, there is no doubt we will need linebacker depth, and who better to bring in then a guy who knows the system, is a great leader on and off the field, and a guy who after signing a contract extension in 2008, stated “I’m going to end my career with the Seahawks?”

Seahawks sign Lynch to multi-year contract

4 Mar

According to reports the Seahawks have signed running back Marshawn Lynch to a four-year, $31 million contract. $18 million is guaranteed.

This can also translate to 31,313,313 bags of Skittles.

The Seahawks now have a very big decision to make in the next 18 hours. With Lynch re-signed we can now decide to use our franchise tag on a different player. If I had to take a guess on which player will receive the tag, should we decide to use it, my money is on linebacker David Hawthorne. Hawthorne would receive a one-year, $8.8 million dollar tender if he is tagged.

The franchise tag deadline is tomorrow (March 5th) at 1:00 pacific time. I will update the blog when I learn more about our intentions in regards to the franchise tag. Stay tuned!

Seahawks Notes 2/16: Our Free Agents

16 Feb

The Seahawks have 16 unrestricted free agents, 3 restricted free agents, and 2 exclusive-rights free agents. I have tiered all of our free agents in levels of importance. These are strictly my opinions regarding our free agents.

TIER ONE:

Marshawn Lynch: Beast Mode is only 25-years-old. His best years are ahead of him after running for over 1,100 yards last season, we need to be able to retain a hard-nosed runner like him. Never before have I seen a running back run harder than Marshawn. He will never fall down on his own (*cough* Shaun Alexander *cough*). I expect a contract to be in the neighborhood of 4-5 years worth between $40-$45 million. I believe that Marshawn may be the lead candidate for this years franchise tag, which will give him a one year tender worth about $8 million.

Red Bryant: Red has emerged as a vocal leader on defense and one of the better run stuffers in the league. Losing Red would be a huge blow to our run defense and an even bigger blow to our locker room. Red is another candidate for the franchise tag.

David Hawthorne: Losing Hawthorne would be a big blow to our linebacker corps, mostly due to his leadership and mentoring ability. I think it is safe to say Hawthorne played a big role in the emergence of K.J. Wright last season and losing him would also be a big blow to our entire defense.

Michael Robinson: RealMikeRob made his first Pro Bowl in 2011 and he has become one of the better fullbacks in the league. There are not many options that could be considered an upgrade at fullback should we not re-sign Robinson.

TIER TWO:

Leroy Hill: If we could sign Hill to another one-year contract I believe he will he a great keep in order to sustain continuity to our linebackers, especially if Hawthorne leaves in free agency.

Roy Lewis (RFA): Roy is one of my favorite Seahawks. We consistently talk whether during training camp practices or before games. He is a captain and an important player in the secondary. He is a play-maker when he steps on the field and is a great mentor to young guys like Walter Thurmond and Richard Sherman.

Anthony Hargrove: Although he was not a starter, Hargrove played well last season. He has a great motor and would be a great player to keep to bolster the defensive line.

TIER THREE:

John Carlson, Justin Forsett, Paul McQuistan, Matt McCoy, Steven Hauschka (RFA).

TIER FOUR:

Atari Bigby, Raheem Brock, Mike Gibson (RFA), Kennard Cox (E-R FA), Clinton McDonald (E-R FA).

TIER FIVE:

Charlie Whitehurst, Jimmy Wilkerson, Heath Farwell, David Vobora.