For those of us who love Shaun, and would like to keep him around for a few more years, it appears we have good news. While the Hawks are open to trading him (the most recent rumor involves Westbrook and a pick) profootballtalk.com is reporting that they also have a plan in keeping him:
"Because Alexander wants (we hear) a signing bonus in the range of $15 million to $20 million on a long-term contract, the Seahawks will instead continue to apply the franchise tag to Alexander until either an acceptable long-term deal can be negotiated or the team opts to let him hit the open market due to, for example, injury or diminished skills.
Seattle adopted a similar approach to left tackle Walter Jones, who wore the tag for three straight seasons before signing a long-term contract last month."
To me, this means that they will be trying for a long term deal, the same as they did for Jones. It might be a long shot, but it worked on Walter, maybe we can get Shaun in long term within the next 2 years.