Monday, February 28, 2005

Interesting comments

I thought this comment was interesting and would like to hear what you guys have to say. (Also needed to stop arguing about Alexander so this is a good distraction for me).

From CBS Sports, "Despite re-signing Jones and Hasselbeck and tagging Alexander, the Seahawks' draft strategy remains tethered to what happens in free agency. They need additional help for a defense that slipped from No. 19 in 2003 to No. 26 last season, and it's unlikely that after dealing with their own free agents they will have the cap room to make a big splash by signing one from another team. So they will have to look to the draft to add impact players, as well as depth, at linebacker, on the defensive line and in the secondary. Three players who would help, if available when the Seahawks make the 23rd pick in the first round, are Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson, who has the speed and playmaking ability and instincts that coordinator Ray Rhodes likes; Virginia Tech cornerback Eric Green, a cover corner with good quickness and feet; and LSU defensive end Marcus Spears, who has the size and bulk that Wistrom and Okeafor lack."

I personally like Spears and Johnson just fine if they fall to us, (actually like the Spears idea quite a bit), I think Green would be redundant however, since it's the front seven we really need help with. What do you guys think?

Terrell Released from Bears

Let me take you back to the 2001 NFL Draft. For the 8th pick overall, the Bears picked WR David Terrell. This was followed by the Seahawks taking Koren Robinson 9th.

Today, after four disappointing seasons, Terrell was cut by the Bears after signing Mushin Muhammed.

What does this mean? Take a look at the following career breakdowns, especially last season. Koren's career numbers are better, but this past season, looking at the per game averages (granted, Koren took himself off the team for almost half the season) it seems he would be a candidate for dismissal, too.

Bottom line: Shape up or ship out, Koren.

He is due to meet this week with Holmgren and Ruskell, to see IF, after his 30 day course in alchohol dependency, he has a future with the Seahawks.

If anything, maybe we should go after Terrell. He is at least an above AVERAGE WR, and he might catch the **** ball.


David Terrell Career Stats

Koren Robinson Career Stats

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Some Interesting Combine Results

Recent discussions have been focused around possible replacements for Shawn Alexander, if he leaves, and possible improvements to the wide receiver corps due to their perennial habit of using the ground to catch the ball. Combine these needs with the recent scouting combine, and several interesting players that could be available in the draft stand out.

Maurice Clarret has apparently reinvented himself and is committed to being a consumat professional and team player. He arrived at the combine a ripped 234 lbs, and was an imposing physical specimen by all accounts. He then proceeded to be outrun in the 40 yard dash by four people that weighed over 300 lbs. His posting of 4.72 and 4.82 seconds in the 40 may well have added vaseline onto what was already a tenuous grip on a pro career.

The Dr. Jekyl to Clarretts Mr. Hyde, however, was Ronnie Brown (whom I've been touting for some time) who, with decent size, nearly shattered the sound barrier with times of 4.32 and 4.40 seconds in the 40. Browns performance may very well have vaulted him into the #1 back slot, where he will no longer be available for the 'Hawks to take.

Additionally, JJ Arrington, who could likely be available in the second round posted times of 4.41 and 4.49 seconds, and while he is undersized (5' 9" 204 lbs) may be able to make an impact somewhere with his ability to run outside, and his decent pass catching skills. Darren Sproles, another smallish back in the Arrington mold was reportedly so quick of the start line that the scouts couldn't click their stop watches fast enough. Sproles will likely be another 2nd or 3rd round pick who could fit well in a west coast offense.

Also eager to impress after significant time off was one Mike Williams, but Williams, like Clarret, posted rather mediocre times in the forty of 4.59 and 4.61 seconds. This was after claiming he would run sub 4.5, or even 4.45. This is actually very good news for 'Hawks fans, since Williams talent is no doubt good enough to keep him in the first round, but his workout may drop him toward the bottom of the round, where the 'Hawks could make a move for him.

The last player that I admittedly had not ever heard of to boggle some peoples minds was Arkansas QB Matt Jones, who will likely switch to WR in the NFL. Jones would likely be around a 3rd round pick, Len Pasquarelli reports. But get this: Jones is 6'6" tall weighs 242 lbs and ran 40's in 4.40 and 4.37 seconds respectivel. This is a very intriguing player for a team looking to boost their WR corp, but I wonder how solid his hands are and whether or not he will be more of a project than an impact player early on.

Muhammed signs with the Bears

Well, it looks like Mushin Muhammed is now out of any equation the Seahawks may have had for improving the recieving corps. Oddly enough, after the Randy Moss trade, I would have bet serious money that the Vikings would have made a strong push to get Muhammed, but instead he's a Bear.

Unfortunately, that still leaves the Vikes looking for a top of the line reciever, and since we already have K Rob and the list of free agent recievers is getting smaller, it looks less and less likely that the Hawks will address this need. In my opinion, if the Hawks don't do something about all the drops, we will be looking at a repeat of the last two years.

So here are my questions,
What would you guys do to fix the drops problem; would you draft a reciever, pick up a free agent, trade K Rob, fire Nolan Cromwell, do nothing and hope everything works out, or some combination of these things. If you want a free agent or a drafted rookie, tell me who.

Newest rumors from ESPN

Here is a quote from ESPN which I found interesting.

"With Seahawks RB Maurice Morris not considered heir-apparent material, word is the Hawks will seriously consider trading for a running back (Travis Henry? Rueben Droughns ?) or signing one in free agency should Shaun Alexander depart. At presstime, our sources put the odds on Alexander leaving at 60-40. "

While I think that Henry to the Cardinals is all but a done deal, Droughns interests me quite a bit. He is a big hard nosed runner with decent hands, who hits the holes quickly. IF we made a deal like this certainly we could get a pick and maybe even another player to go along with Droughns. What do you guys think?

Friday, February 25, 2005

An apology part II

I'd like to apologize publicly for my resent bad behavior, to anyone I may have offended I apologize. Sometimes my BP kicks me into overdrive.

Ya gotta love my lady, she lives with it. :)

She's probably glad I've got you guys to talk to about the Hawks.
(she thinks I'm funny!!!)

Anyway, I'll try to mellow out(no promises though).

Shootin' for the Law!

Just saw on NFL.com that teh Pats cut loose Mr. Law, is this a guy we should go after, seeings how we face some very potent passing offenses and a little more experience could do us some good on a defense loaded with so much youth.

Rice is gone, what's next?

The Seahawks have finally done the smart thing and cut loose the ancient, over the hill Jerry Rice. Now good ole number 80 can go back to rest where it belongs.

The question now is, what's next? The Seahawks have made astounding strides in the last week, to eliminate many of the problems which seemed to linger and linger during Whittsit's tenure as President. Now we suddenly have a new Pres./G.M., and we have perrenial training camp holdout Walter Jones locked up for what will likely be the vast majority of his career. We have also locked up perhaps our most important cog in the team by signing Matt Hasselbeck to a long term deal. On top of which, Alexander recieved the franchise tag, which allows us a great deal of flexibility in what we want to do with him. Now should some team come calling for his services, at least the Seahawks will be compensated for his loss. If, on the other hand, we don't find any suitors or trading partners for his sevices, we still have a top five back in our fold, in a contract year. It seems as if everything is truly beginning to sort itself out. This team has finally, apparently, found it's moorings and is beginning to take shape. So again, that leaves us with the question of what's next.

According to several sources, Coach Holmgren seems intent on trying to keep nearly every one of his players who are still unrestricted. The list of players he wants to see back next year, includes nearly everyone. The problem is, money only goes so far.

So here is what I would like to see happen, and in response I would like to hear what all of you would like to see happen. Tell me what you think of my plan, and what you would do yourself if it were up to you.

The very first thing I would do is resign Ken Lucas. We play in the NFC west, a division that features a Rams team with an incredibly potent passing attack, as well as the Cardinals, who suddenly have a trio of extremely dangerous recievers. In my opinion, there should be a premium placed on conerbacks, especially young talented cornerbacks such as Ken Lucas.

The second thing I would do is resign Robbie Tobeck. The key to winning in the NFL has always been, and will always be, effective line play. Teams that win, are teams that can field an offensive line that is cohesive as well as talented. It is absolutely vital, that an offensive line stays together for a long enough period of time to develop cohesion. Having said that, you might think I would also feel that it's fairly important to keep Pork Chop, and Chris Gray as well. After all Pork Chop has been the fill in guy, whenever anyone becomes injured or otherwise cannot play and Gray is our starting right guard. Surprise, I don't. I would prefer to keep Pork Chop, at least at a decent price, but I do not think that his level of talent is worth overpaying one dime for him. As far as Chris Gray, I would have gotten rid of him three years ago had it been up to me. Nearly all the sacks that the offensive line has given up in the last several years has come from the weak right side, and far too often from Gray's spot at right guard. Of course, a large part of the problem with the right side of our O line last year, also came from the right tackle spot, from Chris Terry's area. My solution to fixing this problem ties into my third priority, which is whether or not to resign Chike Okeafor.

The thing I would look at there, is whether or not there is enough money left to resign Chike Okeafor, and still pursue some other free agents. If we have the money to do both, then fine, great, by all means resign Okeafor. If not, well then let him walk.

Losing Okeafor is a hit that we could easily absorb, because of the number of very good pass rushing defensive ends coming through the draft this season. It has been a long time since the NFL has seen this many fast, athletic and talented DE's coming through the draft, and we could surely land one of them with our 23rd pick.
Also, (getting back to how this all ties in with the right side of our offensive line), there is one player in free agency, who would not only help us tremendously on the right side of our O line, but also hurt our main division rival in the process. Kyle Turley. I want this guy! Turley is the kind of player who never takes downs off, who takes it personally when he gives up a sack, and who looks at the job of protecting the QB, much as America's Secret service thinks about protecting the President. This was clearly evidenced, by the now somewhat infamous incident where Turley tore off the Helmet of a Jets player and threw it towards the stands. He just will not stand for allowing his quaterback taking any flack, he takes it personally. exactly, the type of attitude and player who would ignite our talented O line into a raging inferno. Trouble is, we already have a right tackle, and we would like to, if at all possible, resign our team sack leader, Chike Okeafor. My solution? Cut Chris Terry, who would be familiar with getting cut, since he was let go from the Panthers, for his history of being a locker room problem and a drug abuser. Let Chris Gray walk, just because he stinks, and sign Kyle Turley. Then if we still have money left over, resign Okeafor, then after, Pork Chop, with whatever is left. We can have Pork Chop fill in for Gray, if we are able to resign him, or we can use one of our many "project" picks from the previous year's drafts to replace him. This solution would give us a revamped right side of the O line, with Turley and either Pork Chop or one of our other "project guys", and would either leave us with Okeafor, or a brand new fresh shiny DE out of the draft, who I personally think would be an immediate upgrade over Okeafor anyway.

After all that, we could possibly still have money left over with which to sign free agents, especially if we cut loose Chris Terry and don't resign Okeafor. With any money left over, I would pursue a WR, there are several available this year who would be of help to us, but perhaps the one who would give us the most bang for the buck so to speak is T.J. Houshmandzadeh. He is somewhat undersized and perhaps somewhat slow, but he is an excellent route runner and an excellent hands guy. He had a very nice season last year for the Bengals and showed that the knocks on his speed and size may be very overexaggerated.
The other free agent who I think would provide alot of bang for the buck is, Rod Smart, or as he is better known, He Hate Me. He Hate Me is a special teams stud whose price would be relatively cheap for what he could bring to this team, which is a true kickoff/punt return threat. We have not had a scary return man in so long I have almost forgotten what it is like to have one.
Both of those two guys would be cheap enough for us to get and both would bring immediate value to this team.

As far as the draft is concerned, I would take the best available DE with our first pick if we weren't able to resign Okeafor, otherwise I would use our first pick on a LB, if a good one falls to us.

Seems smart to me, and very doable, let me know what you guys think.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Finally, a Sense of Direction

Here is one of the better things I've seen come out of the Seahawk's front office. Out of the mouth of new PFO Tim Ruskell:

"I believe one of the keys that doesn't get talked about enough is unifying. People working together where there are no walls, where there are no agendas, where everybody has a common focus on the goal, and that's winning."

I realize that this is all PR, but it's at least a veiled acknowledgement of what kind of condition the front office was in, under the facade of Bob Whitsitt, and also a confession of where it needs to be.

I'm also very encouraged by the track record of Ruskell for judging talent. His former boss, Rich Mckay, said, "If there are 50 great evaluators of talent in the NFL, I believe Tim is in the top five. We had great success in the draft while we were in Tampa, due in large part to Tim and the players who he would put up on the draft board and that he believes in."

But the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. The following is from the Atlanta Falcons web site:

"As director of player personnel in Tampa Bay, Ruskell oversaw the team's pro and college scouting departments, which were instrumental in providing the Buccaneers with a roster which sent seven players to the Pro Bowl in 2002, the year they won the Super Bowl. During Ruskell's tenure in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers had at least one player named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last eight seasons from 1996 though 2003. In 2000, the Buccaneers sent a league-high nine players to the Pro Bowl, including a league-best six starters. In the last eight years, Tampa Bay had 21 different players go to at least one Pro Bowl and had at least four Pro Bowl nods in each of the last seven seasons.

"Before being promoted to director of player of personnel in 2001, Ruskell served as the Buccaneers' director of college scouting for nine seasons (1992-2000). In that role, Ruskell coordinated a staff of five regional scouts and oversaw the compilation of information on college players. The evaluations of Ruskell and his staff enabled the Buccaneers to draft perennial All-Pro players such as John Lynch (1993), Warren Sapp (1995), Derrick Brooks (1995), Donnie Abraham (1996), Mike Alstott (1996), Ronde Barber (1997), Warrick Dunn (1997) and Martin Gramatica (1999). What made Ruskell's track record for identifying talent even more impressive is the fact that Lynch, Barber, and Pro Bowl performers Tony Mayberry and Donnie Abraham were all drafted in the third or fourth round."

You know what ELSE? It was announced officially that while Ruskell has been named Seahawks President of Football Operations, he plans on filling the General Manager role himself. This means we will use his penchant for picking talent to the full, and he will have the last word, not Holmgren or anyone else.

'Cuz he's the boss man too.

FYI, he's currently in Indianapolis for the NFL College Scouting Combine. The word is that he will be looking for a new College Scouting Director while he is checking out the draft prospects. Next week, he will be pursuing free agents.

I guess Paul Allen was doing it right all along. He said, "It's great to have one person to lead the football side of the organization. These are very, very important decisions that can affect your franchise for many years to come and you want to make the right decision. As we conducted our search, it became clear that our primary objective was to find someone with an eye for talent. It's safe to say that Tim has a strong and successful background in recognizing and securing talent, and communicating and motivating as a football executive."

Time will tell. Pick us a good one, boss.

Here are some MUST READS for Seahawks fans:

Allen says now’s time for results

Ruskell seems ready to take one for team

Paul Allen's involvement is key

Ruskell arrives to "unify" Hawks

Ruskell answers 'golden gut' call

Spring returns to Holmgren's step with rush of recent events

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Breaking News: Randy Moss Traded To Oakland

Randy Moss was traded to the Oakland Raiders for Napoleon Harris and the 7th overall pick

Keep Shaun or Trade Him?

I'm not one to stir up controversy, but there seems to be a growing discontent with retaining Shaun Alexander. Last time I checked our poll, 50% of you said we should trade him.

Some of the things that have been said: He doesn't block well. He doesn't catch well. Because of those two things, he doesn't fit into the West Coast Offense. He is also weak in short yardage situations, unless he's near the end zone. He is a selfish, me-first player. He dances in the backfield waiting for a hole, and often comes up with nothing.

I'd like to state my case for retaining Alexander.

I think if were not for him this season, this team would possibly be 6-10 or worse. When Hasselbeck was struggling early in the season, what brought him out of it? Holmgren himself said that he needed to "force feed" the run a little bit. He realized that the team was relying on the pass too much, and that defenders were teeing up and coming hard at Matt. By relying on the raw rushing threat that Alexander presented, teams were forced to back off of Hass and respect the run. This took the pressure off the QB and opened up lanes in the passing game.

I believe that was the key to the offense waking up this season. If you go back to the pregame analyses and check what the keys to the game of the opponents defense was, you will see that "controlling/containing/slowing/stopping Alexander" was their main concern. And when Shaun got 25-27 carries in a game, we usually came away with a win.

Bottom line is that, indirectly, Shaun is a good fit for the West Coast Offense. He makes Matt more effective, and that really is the key to the whole shebang, because he is the center of the entire scheme.

What about the conjecture that Shaun is a sissy back, afraid of contact, and lousy in short yardage?

I think those notions have merit, because there are better straight ahead runners. Jerome Bettis, for example, is a guy that will just as soon move the pile than even walk around it. Even Mack Strong would be a better candidate to run through a defender than Shaun. This may be why he gets the call on 3rd and short sometimes.

But I think this is old news. Around the time that these rumors and criticisms were coming out, (and I could see that they were true), I noticed a subtle change in the way that Shaun ran the ball. He was running harder. He was running into people more. And in short yardage he was ducking his head and plowing into the hole.

Now, I'm not saying that all of a sudden he was evoking the spirit of Larry Csonka, but I do think he and the coaches heard the scout's summations. He worked on it, at there was a definite improvement in the toughness of the running game form then on.

Shaun improved his pass blocking, too. He's still not as good as a lot of backs, but he went from completely missing assignments to at least making contact and slowing them up, generally speaking.

I've seen some critical postings that included quotes of scout's analyses ripping Alexander apart. But what I have noticed about these is they were from either before this season, or from the first part of it. The current reports I have seen pretty much validate what I see on the field: That he is great running back that has adequate secondary RB skills.

Here is a recent quote from Scout.com:

Shaun Alexander possesses all the physical tools, athletic ability, and toughness wanted in a running back. While not overly fast, he is exceptionally quick in a short area, sports great vision and anticipation, has the natural ability to cut and bounce to the outside, while displaying the ability to run the ball inside the tackles with consistency. Alexander has developed into a solid receiver out of the backfield and is adequate in pass protection. While not in the category of an elusive running back, it is his surprising quickness and authoritive running style which has made him one of the best backs in the game.


And that's why I think we should keep him. Any thoughts?

Around the League: Player Availability

A lot happened yesterday that changed the prospects landscape.

Drew Bledsoe will be a Cowboy.

Edgerrin James got the tag.

The Titans put Derrick Mason, Samari Rolle, Kevin Carter, Fred Miller, Robert Holcombe and Joe Nedney on waivers.

I didn't realize that Mason led the League in receiving last season. He's very reliable, racking up 95 and 96 receptions the last two seasons respectively. But he is 31. Nonetheless, I think he would be a great waiver pickup, assuming he's not going to ask too much from our cap. Jackson, Mason, Engram and Urban as a receiving corp. with Hasselbeck in for the long haul gets Bluefoot very excited.

Plexiglass Burress is confirmed as being on his way out of Pittsburgh. I guess he's a second tier FA choice after Mason, IMHO.

Jerry Porter is staying in Oakland. Just as well. They also tagged Woodson.

That's about it for now. If you get any more minor NFL news on prospects, throw it in this thread if you want. If it gets any traction I'll make it a 'sticky'.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Mystery That Is Ray Rhodes

ok, I know this is already my 2nd thread...but I thought this was interesting...

If past performance is indicative of future performance … then what does the future hold for Hawk fans? Like a nomadic hunter, Ray Rhodes has migrated his way across the NFL landscape … as he has never appeared to camp anywhere for too long. The Seahawks defenders under Steve Sidwell often found themselves scratching their heads trying to follow schemes as complicated as a Harvard Lecture (which is fine if the Hawks want to draft more Kacyvenskis.) Rhodes took the katana to the playbook with his simplified attack first defense … and watched the defense immediately improve. Indeed, Rhodes’ defenses have repeatedly shown a pattern of quick improvement … but for one reason or another the armor begins to rust at an extremely accelerated rate afterwards.


Now, the above writing isn't the greatest part of the article, but if you click on the link, it will show a good source of how Ray Rhodes' defenses fared overed the years in several categories, including how much Wistrom's injury hurt our team (actually has charts for all of Ray's defenses' rankings in the past)...this is great for the stat-happy guys out there and features a few nice things from Ronnie Lott, among others

Seahawks Officially Hire tim Ruskell, Fire Bob Ferguson

Tim Ruskell has been officially hired

Longtime personnel chief Tim Ruskell, who served the past year as the Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager, will be the new team president of the Seattle Seahawks, ESPN.com has confirmed.
The official announcement of Ruskell's hiring, after an exhaustive search, is expected to be made within the next few days. Ruskell agreed to what is believed to be a five-year contract, league sources said, and will oversee all areas of the Seattle football program.


Not a bad pickup for us...hopefully he will bring in Reinfeldt


http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/8218656

Ferguson officially fired...any thoughts on this in particular?

*my first thread thingy...*

rumors

I have heard rumors about some very good receivers.

Word is that Loverius Coles has beens asked to be released or traded,being unhappy with the coaching changes of last season.And the Tennesse Titans are 27 million over the cap and have to clean house,Derrick Mason will be realeased along with other players like Kevin Carter and Samari Rolles.

What do you think of the prospect of bringing one of those wide outs in.

Believe It!!! Hasselbeck and Alexander to Be Retained

Mike Reinfeld, you are my freakin' HERO. The rumors from yesterday's posts are aparrently true.

It is good to be a Seahawks fan again.

Read this from the Seattle Times. Evidently the Seahawks have signed Hasselbeck to a long term contract, and the franchise tag will be applied to Shaun today.

Add that to the hiring of Ruskell, and I'd say it's a pretty good day in Seahawks land.

I've gone from giddy to num to giddy again. What's next? Mushin Muhammed?

Monday, February 21, 2005

WILD SCOOP: Ruskell to be Hired to FO

Here's another wild rumor: The Seahawks have hired Tim Ruskell, Assistant GM to the Atlanta Falcons.

Check out the story and resume:

Atlanta Falcon's Site

Seattle PI

Among the priceless things said in the PI:

"Sources say the Seahawks are near a long-term contract for Matt Hasselbeck.

"Locking up the quarterback would allow the Seahawks flexibility to designate running back Shaun Alexander the franchise player."

If all these rumors are true, I'm gonna build a shrine to Paul Allen in my VW bus.

WARNING: WONDERFUL RUMOR

Check out this thread in the PI's forums. I usually dismiss unsubstantiated stuff like this, but is has a ring to it. If it turns out to be a hoax, I'll delete this and go find 'SeattleSports' and duct tape him to a flagpole.

Here's some copied material, but go check out the latest for yourself:

Author Topic: THE BIG NEWS
SeattleSports Here it is... # 672142
Posted on: 2/21/2005 9:59:00 PM Reply

Matt Hasselbeck has been signed, Shaun Alexander will receive the tag, and a new president has been hired from Tampa. You heard it here first. Write it down.


boomdiggydiggy Re: Here it is... # 672143
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:02:00 PM
In reply to: # 672142 Reply

You'd better not be joking, or I'm gonna reach through my modem and *****

OK, I'm composing myself.

Gimme a reference so I can beleive you!


SeattleSports ... # 672144
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:02:00 PM Reply

My source is close to the Hawks...I apologize I can't give you a specific site, but you will see it shortly. Just know this is true.


SteadyHawk Re: Here it is... # 672146
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:05:00 PM
In reply to: # 672143 Reply

Boom,

He had better be right because I have my shotgun ready to go hunt down lying posters. This is just making my roid flare up!


SeattleSports ... # 672147
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:05:00 PM Reply

It's true, or I'll be the first one to open the door and let myself out of this room...


SteadyHawk Re: ... # 672148
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:07:00 PM
In reply to: # 672144 Reply

Sports,

What kind of jack is Mr Hass making, this will tell me how many times I will have to shoot you if you are lying.


boomdiggydiggy Re: ... # 672149
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:08:00 PM
In reply to: # 672147 Reply

How close is "close to the Hawks"? Dagnabit, I'm close to the Hawks!!!

If it's the freakin' janitor, you should be ashamed of yourself.

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SeattleSports ... # 672150
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:08:00 PM Reply

Great question...I'm not sure of the terms or details...they'll come out later. But what I knew I wrote.


SeattleSports ... # 672151
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:08:00 PM Reply

Close to the Hawks = close to the FO. Very close. As close as you can get. I am sorry I can't reveal the source, but I hope you understand.


boomdiggydiggy Re: ... # 672152
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:11:00 PM
In reply to: # 672150 Reply

C'mon, you've got to give us something or I'm going to spend all night trying to untie my underwear. Should we hear something tonight, or in the morning?

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SeattleSports ... # 672153
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:11:00 PM Reply

My guess is that you'll hear something tomorrow, not tonight.


SteadyHawk Re: ... # 672155
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:13:00 PM
In reply to: # 672151 Reply

Sports,

This is taking a huge leap of faith trusting you, but can you please tell the FO to trade SA to Miami, and I want you to make it very clear to them that Ronnie Brown would be a perfect replacement for SA.


SeattleSports ... # 672158
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:13:00 PM Reply

As a matter of fact, the FO isn't against trading Shaun, but now that he's franchised the options are increased.


boomdiggydiggy Re: ... # 672157
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:14:00 PM
In reply to: # 672153
Last edited: 2/21/2005 10:16:00 PM Reply

Dang, this is like being a sugared up six year old trying to get to sleep on Christmas Eve.

Thanks, SS! (I guess) ;-)

(Man, I am gonna be P.O.'d if it turns out Sandy Claus is a lie.)

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largentpartduex Re: ... # 672159
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:17:00 PM
In reply to: # 672157 Reply

Sports, I want to believe you, we all do but you got to give us something. I can't recall you in the forum before this, there are so many of us. Who is the pres from tampa?

Please be right, otherwise there is a special place in he!! for guys like you

PS Jennifer Lopez loves me


immuhguy Re: ... # 672160
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:17:00 PM
In reply to: # 672157 Reply

im puttin my faith in you haha...please please dont shatter it...i want this to happen so badly...i hope you are right...and ya ronnie would be a good replacement, but if we got miamis #2 so would derrick johnson...


Dog Bone Re: Here it is... # 672162
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:18:00 PM
In reply to: # 672142 Reply

Do you mean the president is going to be hired from Atlanta, who works under Rich McKay who worked the same position with McKay at Tampa? Thats what I am hearing.


SteadyHawk Re: ... # 672163
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:19:00 PM
In reply to: # 672160 Reply

Immuh,

I wouldn't use that early of a pick on Brown, I still think we will nab him at 23! You would be right to use that pick on DJ


SteadyHawk Re: ... # 672165
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:22:00 PM
In reply to: # 672158 Reply

Sports,

One last question, what do think the status of Lucas will be with this team?


SeattleSports ... # 672167
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:25:00 PM Reply

I welcome the questions...if I was hearing this info, I would be questioning it, as well. However, this is a trust building issue. :-) You'll find out shortly. As for Lucas, I'm not sure, as the only info I obtained was about Hasselbeck, Alexander, and the new president. I'll try to get info on Lucas. My hypothesis is that he'll be one of the first guys they'll try to sign after the big three.


Old but Slow Re: ... # 672168
Posted on: 2/21/2005 10:26:00 PM
In reply to: # 672165 Reply

A pres from Tampa? You say'n they hired Lou Piniella to run the Seahawks?

Slow?

Breaking News: Hass Notified of Tag Deadline

According to the Trib (the only media site on top of the Seahawks' FO activities), Hasselbeck has been notified that the Seahawks intend to 'franchise tag' him before tomorrow at 1pm if he's not inked to a long term deal.

AAAAAaaaaAAAaaargh!

Franchising him is not good for Hass OR the Seahawks. He would get the benefits of signing bonus + long term stability if he signed. And if he ends up with the tag, it will wipe out about a third of our cap space. We've still got too many people to sign that kind of crap.

Dammit, sign a contract, Matt! DO you want this team to improve or not?

Cap casualties could include big names - ESPN Insider

Copped from STL Today Boards. Printworthy, interesting for thunder bowl reading.

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Cap casualties could include big names

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Scouts Inc.

On Feb. 22, NFL teams can begin releasing players in advance of the free-agent signing period, which begins March 2. Veteran quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe and Jeff Garcia already have been told of their impending release.

Who else has their contract on the chopping block? Our scouts have examined every roster and compared on-field performance with salary and contract status to come up with an extensive list of veterans still under contract who nevertheless could find themselves out of work this offseason. At the very least, some of these players will be candidates for contract restructuring.

Some of the players on the list might surprise you. Would you believe Marshall Faulk? What about Jerome Bettis? Check out the rest of the list:


| Offense |

Quarterbacks

Steve McNair, Tennessee
He is due $7.5 million in 2005 and an astronomical $50 million bonus in 2006 on a backloaded contract. Durability is a big concern, and those numbers will be restrictive for the Titans even if McNair does stay on the field. McNair has said he's willing to restructure his contract, but he hasn't said definitively whether he plans to return next season.

Aaron Brooks, New Orleans
Coach Jim Haslett's reprieve in New Orleans might have saved Brooks. He is a great talent who doesn't play with a sense of urgency. The Saints might ask him to redo a deal that will pay him $5.5 million in 2005.

Jake Plummer, Denver
It isn't a lock the Broncos will pay the $6 million roster bonus he is due March 1. Plummer's salary isn't out of whack, but the organization could go another direction after an up-and-down season.

Drew Bledsoe, Buffalo
The Bills already have announced they will release Bledsoe and elevate second-year QB J.P. Losman to the starting job.

Rich Gannon, Oakland
There is almost no chance he will return. He has a huge, $8 million base salary in 2005 and is not a good fit in coach Norv Turner's offense or on this club.

Brad Johnson, Tampa Bay
Unless he takes a dramatic pay cut, he won't return to a roster that is pretty well set at quarterback. A salary of $6 million in 2005 and $7 million in '06 is outlandish for a 37-year-old third-stringer.

Jay Fiedler, Miami
Neither Fiedler nor A.J. Feeley appears to be the long-term answer at quarterback for Miami. Fiedler is too pricey (more than $5.7 million in 2005) for a backup, and his biggest supporter (Dave Wannstedt) is gone.

Brian Griese, Tampa Bay
He carries a $2 million salary figure for 2005, but also is due a $6 million bonus in March. Griese isn't likely to see that money, but he played well enough in 2004 to earn a restructured deal.

Rodney Peete, Carolina
He gives the coaching staff a level of comfort, but he isn't worth $1 million annually at his age. Peete could renegotiate and return for a year, but the Panthers need to start developing a young backup.

Chris Weinke, Carolina
At 32, he is no better than a journeyman backup and no longer can be considered a developmental project. It's unlikely Carolina will pay him the $1.2 million he is due in 2005.


Fullbacks

James Hodgins, Arizona
He was expected to be a force in the run game, but it didn't happen. (He finished the season on injured reserve.) Though Hodgins has great size, all he can do is block, limiting his usefulness in Dennis Green's system.

Mike Anderson, Denver
A severe groin injury hampered him all last season, and he will be a 31-year-old injury risk carrying a $2.16 million base salary in 2005. The Broncos have other options at his position.


Running backs

Marshall Faulk, St. Louis
He is starting to look like a part-time player, with age and durability becoming big concerns. He has a $7 million cap number for 2005, so it might be time for he and the Rams to part company.

Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh
He is the comeback story of 2004 and is running like a player five years younger than his 33 years. Turning him loose will be a tough call for this organization, but Bettis is due more than $5 million in 2005.

Michael Bennett, Minnesota
Though not a candidate to get cut, he very well could be traded. The Vikings are loaded at running back, prefer to build through the draft and could net a fairly high draft choice for him.


Tight end

Kyle Brady, Jacksonville
At age 33, he still is a physical and effective run blocker, but he offers little as a receiver. With more teams using offensive tackles as (bleep)-yardage blocking tight ends, can Jacksonville live with Brady's cap number (almost $3 million)?

Dwayne Carswell, Denver
He has been serviceable, but Denver uses many tight ends, and Carswell hardly is dominant. The Broncos could go younger and cheaper in a committee approach.

Jay Riemersma, Pittsburgh
He is 32, comes with endless durability questions and isn't the blocking tight end Pittsburgh wants. We can't see the Steelers paying him $1.3 million in 2005.


Wide receiver

Derrick Mason, Tennessee
His name seems to be on this list every year, but he always dodges the bullet. But Mason's $3.2 million base salary and $1.5 million in incentives for 2005 might be too much for the cap-strapped Titans to handle this time.

Rod Smith, Denver
He could see his skills start to decline soon, and his salary will be in the $5 million range in 2005. But he is Denver's most consistent weapon, and the Broncos don't have a replacement ready.

Isaac Bruce, St. Louis
St. Louis has good, young depth at receiver, and Bruce's salary over the next four years (from $4 million to $7 million) isn't a drop in the bucket. The Rams might have to let a good player go before he becomes a liability.

Kevin Johnson, Baltimore
Once a solid No. 1 receiver, he has been no better than a No. 3 for the Ravens, who need an upgrade. His base salary of $1.4 million and potential bonus of over $2 million is too much. Do you renegotiate or cut a 29-year-old backup? Johnson might do the Ravens a favor by opting out of his contract in favor of free agency.

Koren Robinson, Seattle
His off-field problems and favorable salary make him a strong trade candidate. The Seahawks are turned off by his act and dropped passes.

Troy Brown, New England
He is the ultimate team guy, but he is 34, his production on offense is in steep decline and his cap number is around $5.7 million. Coach Bill Belichick doesn't play favorites.

Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina
Carolina almost dumped him a year ago but wisely chose not to. Due a huge $10 million bonus in the offseason, he likely will renegotiate and receive a more cap-friendly deal.

Jerome Pathon, New Orleans
The Saints aren't known as big spenders, and a $3.25 million salary for a quality No. 3 receiver probably is too much. But he is a tough matchup in the slot, so the team might try to restructure his deal.

David Terrell, Chicago
The ultimate teaser, he never has lived up to great expectations. He no longer can be considered a developing talent, and the Bears' offense desperately needs a playmaker.

Az-Zahir Hakim, Detroit
With Charles Rogers and Roy Williams making a lot of money, the position is financially out of whack. Hakim, the No. 3 receiver, has a $4 million cap number in 2005.

Derrius Thompson, Miami
He has the size and skills but never has played up to expectations. The Dolphins have a new coaching staff, loads of needs and won't want to pay $1.2 million for a No. 3 receiver.


Center

Jeff Mitchell, Carolina
One of the most underrated players in the league, he rarely makes a mistake. The Panthers want to keep him, but his $2 million salary and $1 million bonus are steep. He could be a candidate for renegotiation.

Trey Teague, Buffalo
The Bills would like to upgrade the position in free agency or the draft. They are not likely to keep Teague, who is scheduled to make a $1.25 million base salary and is due a $1 million bonus in training camp.

Jeff Hartings, Pittsburgh
He still is a good player, but at age 32 he is starting to slip. With a $4.2 million base salary, he could renegotiate and get another year or two out of his career.

Mike Wahle, Green Bay
He is due a $5 million salary and $6 million roster bonus in 2005. The Packers likely will try to bring him back at a more cap-friendly cost, but Wahle could be released if he balks.


Offensive guard

Ruben Brown, Chicago
His 2005 salary ($1.265 million) is acceptable, but he has lived on reputation the last few years and the Bears probably want to get younger on the offensive line.

Larry Allen, Dallas
The Cowboys would like to save some money and get younger at this position. Allen's base salary of $4.5 million in 2005 could lead to him restructuring or testing the open market.

Ron Stone, Oakland
He had a subpar, injury-marred 2004 season and at 34 is a shell of the player he was a few yeas ago. Due $2.6 million in base salary and incentives in 2005, he isn't likely to return to Oakland.

Rex Tucker, Chicago
He is tough, but his body has taken a beating. The $2 million Tucker is owed for 2005 is a steep cost for a guy who isn't likely to give you 16 games.

Doug Brzezinski, Carolina
A journeyman backup who has limited range and athletic ability. The Panthers want to rebuild their offensive line with younger players, and his $1.5 million salary in 2005 is reason enough to look for help elsewhere.

Mo Collins, Oakland
The Raiders seem committed to Collins in the (bleep) term, but his base salary and incentives in 2005 exceed $6 million. The cost is steep, but starting over at quarterback could ruin any progress that has been made.

Frank Middleton, Oakland
Coming off an injury-marred season and possibly breaking down physically, he is due $3 million in base salary and incentives next season. It's unlikely he will be back.


Offensive tackle

Chris Samuels, Washington
A tremendous talent, he has been an up-and-down performer whose pay is commensurate with a much more consistent player. His 2005 cap number is more than $9 million. Will the team try to renegotiate?

Kyle Turley, St. Louis
Beyond obvious durability issues, his rift with coach Mike Martz seems irreparable. Add to that equation a $3.65 million base salary in 2005, and Turley is likely to be playing for someone else next year.

Jon Runyan, Philadelphia
He no longer is a dominant player, and first-round pick Shawn Andrews is being groomed to replace him. With a $5.5 million base salary, he could be let go by the cap-conscious Eagles.

Brad Hopkins, Tennessee
Tennessee might have to clear out both starting offensive tackles due to salary-cap problems. Hopkins still is a good player, but the Titans probably can't afford his $4.75 million salary for 2005.

Matt Lepsis, Denver
His move from right tackle to the left side was impressive, but with a base salary of $3.5 million and reachable incentives of $1.5 million he is a renegotiation candidate.

Fred Miller, Tennessee
He is part of an overpaid offensive tackle tandem, with $9.1 million in base salary and easily reached incentives due him in 2005. That is too costly for a 32-year-old right tackle.

Scott Gragg, San Francisco
At 33, he has a lot of wear and tear on his body and is starting to slow down. The 49ers have severe salary-cap problems and need to get younger. Dumping his 2005 salary ($3 million) seems a likely part of the solution.

L.J. Shelton, Arizona
Overrated athletic ability and nagging injuries make him a target in the Cardinals' housecleaning. He was placed on injured reserve during the season, and the coaching staff has no confidence in him.

Anthony Clement, Arizona
He's getting almost $2.5 million to be a backup. Dennis Green wasn't happy with the play of the offensive line, so big changes are in store.


| Defense |

The NFL's offseason moratorium on roster moves comes to an end on Feb 22, a week before the free-agent signing period begins. While players scheduled to become free agents have been making plans for weeks, there is another large group of players who could be facing uncertain futures, as well.

Our scouts have examined every roster and compared on-field performance with salary and contract status to come up with an extensive list of veterans whose contracts are candidates for the chopping block. Would you believe Warren Sapp? Michael Strahan? What about Willie McGinest?


Defensive end

Michael Strahan, N.Y. Giants
Strahan is 33, has clashed with coach Tom Coughlin, and his durability is a concern. With a $5.5 million base salary in 2005, he might force the organization's hand if he balks at a restructured deal.

Trevor Pryce, Denver
The bad back that wiped out his 2004 season draws his durability into question. Pryce's salary over the next four years (from $6.5 to $9 million) is a lot of money to devote to an injury risk. If the Broncos aren't able to trade him, his contract could be restructured.

Kevin Carter, Tennessee
His versatility is valued, but he has a lot of mileage on his body and doesn't make enough plays. With a base salary of $6.75 million and another $2 million in possible incentives for 2005, he likely will be asked to renegotiate or hit the road.

Warren Sapp, Oakland
He never looked comfortable and was pushed around too much in Oakland's 3-4 scheme. He is 32 and no longer a dominant player, and his salary and incentives could add up to $4.5 million in 2005. But he might return if the Raiders go to a 4-3.

Courtney Brown, Cleveland
A huge disappointment. His salary over the next two years totals more than $13 million, and he plays only half the time. It might be time to cut the cord.

Marcellus Wiley, Dallas
An underachiever in San Diego and now Dallas, he is owed more than $10 million over the next three years. That's a lot of money for a guy who makes very few plays.

Vonnie Holliday, Kansas City
He hasn't lived up to expectations and, nearing 30, could start slowing down anytime. His base of $2.2 million is manageable, but bonuses of $5.225 million are exorbitant. He will either renegotiate or be gone.

John Parrella, Oakland
His playing time is down, and age and injuries have become a factor. Parrella's cap number is around $4 million, a lot of money for an aging part-time player on a club trying to get younger.

Travis Hall, Atlanta
A 33-year-old backup due a $3 million base salary and $1 million bonus in March. He still is an effective run stopper and character guy, but he might have to take a dramatic pay cut to return.

Kenny Mixon, Minnesota
The Vikings like their young guys at this position, and Mixon is due $3.8 million in 2005. It would be surprising to see a player who posted only 2.5 sacks last season return at anything other than a greatly reduced price.

Antonio Cochran, Seattle
He played fairly well in 2004 (he finished with 6.5 sacks), but a $2 million salary for next season probably is too steep for a role player on a team with many free agents.

Jay Williams, Miami
He is a 33-year-old backup set to make $900,000 in 2005, with an additional bonus of $400,000 due in March. Miami has an aging defense and wants to get younger.


Defensive tackle

La'Roi Glover, Dallas
Though still a good player, he is 31 and due $4 million in base and bonuses. Glover will be a poor fit if the Cowboys, contemplating an overhaul of the defense, switch from a 4-3 to 3-4 scheme.

Sam Adams, Buffalo
He still is an excellent two-gap run stuffer, but his age and conditioning are serious concerns. Because defensive tackle Pat Williams is a free agent, Buffalo might bring Adams back despite a salary that could put him in the range of $2.5 million next season.

Dan Wilkinson, Detroit
He has settled in nicely with the Lions and benefits from playing next to Shaun Rogers. But $2.125 million for a 32-year-old journeyman might be too much.

Gerard Warren, Cleveland
The new regime in Cleveland might revamp the defensive line and let go of this classic underachiever. Warren already has redone his contract once, and he still is overpaid for his production.

Bryant Young, San Francisco
He is an old 33, with many durability issues on a team in salary-cap hell. Young is an important leader on this club, but the 49ers might not be able to pay him the $2.25 million he is due in 2005.

Lional Dalton, Kansas City
He is a journeyman who doesn't make many big plays and won't improve enough to merit a $1.2 million base salary for 2005.

Brandon Noble, Washington
He is a tough, hardnosed overachiever, but at age 32 his body isn't holding up well. His $1.5 million in 2005 is too much for a backup. Noble could wind up renegotiating.


Inside linebacker

Mike Barrow, Washington
At 35 and due $1.74 million in 2005, he could get his deal redone and stick around another season.

Sam Cowart, N.Y. Jets
His production has tailed off, and he now is a backup behind Jonathan Vilma. He won't reclaim the starting job, and the Jets have little use for a 30-year-old backup who will make more than $3 million in 2005.

Roman Phifer, New England
A solid backup and team guy, but at 37 he is on the way down. His base salary ($800,000) is acceptable, but he is due a $1.2 million bonus that could force the team to tweak his contract.

Orlando Ruff, New Orleans
He is a two-down run defender whose pass-defense skills are limited. The Saints' movement to get younger and more athletic coupled with his $1.1 million salary make Ruff a candidate for release or renegotiation.

Ted Johnson, New England
At age 32 and with a history of injuries, he isn't likely to stick around while making $1.7 million in 2005. He still can contribute as a run stopper on first and second downs. Near the end of his career, he might consider a re-done deal.


Outside linebacker

Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay
He isn't getting any younger, and he already has restructured his contract once, at a 2005 salary figure ($6 million) that might be difficult for the Buccaneers to swallow.

Chad Brown, Seattle
He still is a decent player at age 35, but his skills are in decline, he can't stay healthy, and he carries a cap number of more than $5 million in 2005. Seattle can't afford that kind of uncertainty.

Nate Wayne, Philadelphia
Hardly the playmaker the Eagles thought they were getting, he isn't physical against the run and doesn't have a well-defined role in the future of the franchise.

Peter Boulware, Baltimore
Injuries claimed his entire 2004 season, and he might be starting to fall apart physically. He still can produce as a 3-4 rush linebacker when healthy, but he isn't worth the risk at $6 million.

Dexter Coakley, Dallas
In a potential overhaul of the defense, the Cowboys likely would get bigger and more physical. Coakley is 32 and due $3.8 million in base salary and bonuses in 2005.

Junior Seau, Miami
After finishing the year on injured reserve, he might opt to retire. With $4 million due in salary and bonuses in 2005, Seau simply is too expensive a luxury for this team.

Willie McGinest, New England
He still is a versatile impact player, but $9 million is a lot to pay for a 33-year-old on this team. Coach Bill Belichick likes him, so McGinest could come back with a restructured contract.

Kevin Hardy, Cincinnati
He came to Cincinnati as a savior at middle linebacker, but he failed there and hasn't looked much better outside. Hardy's agility and range are declining, making his $2.6 million salary a risk not worth taking.

Ray Thompson, Arizona
Undersized and oft-injured, he makes too much money for a reserve and is an off-field risk. Thompson faces a likely one-year suspension if he violates league rules again.

Travian Smith, Oakland
A terrific athlete who never has lived up to his potential, he is a backup who will make $2 million in 2005. Knowing he won't get any better, paying him that well makes no sense.


Cornerback

Samari Rolle, Tennessee
Injuries have become a huge concern for this still-solid player. A $5.5 million base salary for 2005 makes him a luxury the Titans can't afford.

Patrick Surtain, Miami
Surtain has a big cap number, and the Dolphins want to get younger at cornerback. They aren't likely to cut both Surtain and Sam Madison, but they might entertain trade offers.

Sam Madison, Miami
Though still an excellent cover corner, he is 31 and has an $8 million cap number. The Dolphins' new regime might decide to cut ties before his skills start to erode.

Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay
Though he is a Pro Bowl player, he might be a product of Tampa Bay's cover-2 scheme. Moreover, he is scheduled to make more than $4 million in each of the next two years.

Tyrone Poole, New England
After he finished the season on injured reserve, age and durability are significant concerns. He no longer is a shutdown guy, and it's doubtful the Patriots will pay $2.4 million for a No. 2 or No. 3 corner.

Mario Edwards, Tampa Bay
A talented player who doesn't always play up to his potential. He is due $1.6 million in salary and another $1.6 million in offseason bonus money. The Buccaneers probably aren't willing to pay him that much.

Duane Starks, Arizona
Injuries have prevented him from living up to his expected role of shutdown corner. A nickel back probably isn't worth the $3.6 million Starks is due in 2005.

Artrell Hawkins, Carolina
Though he has decent cover skills, he gives up too many big plays and isn't very disciplined. Hawkins' $1.8 million salary figure for 2005 is high for a backup whose contributions are limited.

Donnie Abraham, N.Y. Jets
He gets by as a starter, but he lacks great cover skills and isn't getting any better at age 31. His 2005 salary of $1.5 million might be too hefty for a cap-challenged club.

Aaron Glenn, Houston
He still has value at age 33, but his cover skills are in decline. Glenn probably can play another year or two at a relatively high level, but he won't live up to a $4 million annual salary.

Juran Bolden, Jacksonville
Set to make almost $2 million in base and incentives in 2005, he is a 31-year-old backup who has been a huge disappointment. The Jaguars want younger and faster cover guys.

Chad Scott, Pittsburgh
He will turn 31 before next season and his body is starting to break down. Pittsburgh is unlikely to pay him the $3.885 million he is scheduled to receive in 2005.

Corey Fuller, Baltimore
A good team guy, but at 34 his skills are eroding. It's unlikely the speed- and athleticism-conscious Ravens will pay his $1.25 million salary in 2005.

Ken Irvin, Minnesota
At 33 and having spent most of last season on injured reserve, how much could he have left? The money-conscious Vikings will take a long look at trimming his $1.5 million salary from the books.

R.W. McQuarters, Chicago
A decent player, but he might be starting to break down and isn't good enough to be earning $3 million-plus in 2005. Chicago has decent young talent at the position and could threaten to cut McQuarters if he doesn't restructure.


Safety

Shaun Williams, N.Y. Giants
He is coming off a major injury and doesn't make as many plays as he did early in his career. New York has a lot of needs and seems unlikely to pay him the $4 million he's slated to receive in 2005.

Lance Schulters, Tennessee
He has been nicked up and hasn't been the impact player the Titans thought he would be. Schulters' $2.75 million base salary is a real stretch for this team.

John Lynch, Denver
He has given the defense a tougher identity, but at age 33, Lynch has a lot of wear and tear on his body. The Broncos could go younger or pay $2.5 million for a one-dimensional player.

Reggie Tongue, N.Y. Jets
He still is a big hitter, but the Jets are looking for defensive backs with better coverage skills. At 31, with a $700,000 base salary and $400,000 bonus due, Tongue is a target for roster trimming.

Brian Walker, Detroit
An intimidating run stuffer who has limited pass coverage skills, he is 33 and starting to lose what speed he has. His $1.6 million cap figure for 2005 doesn't match what he brings to the table.

Pierson Prioleau, Buffalo
A relatively unproductive backup, he is due $1.25 million in 2005. The Bills want more speed and athletic ability at the position, and will look for an upgrade.

Arturo Freeman, Miami
He is a starter, but he doesn't make enough plays to justify his $3 million salary. Freeman is better suited to be a (more moderately priced) No. 3 safety.

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Sunday, February 20, 2005

Tick, Tock...

Although the free agency period begins March 2nd, the deadline for naming free agents is Tuesday, Feb 22. What does this mean? It means that if the front office and the player's agents don't get their act together, We are going to lose two of the top 10 scheduled-to-be free agents in the league, Alexander and Hasselbeck.

I know, Whitsitt got us into this mess. And the FO is trying hard to hire a president and sign the upcoming candidates for free agency to a contract. But it's been said by many, it appears that there is a lack of a sense of urgency in this administration. Sure, they may still pull it out. The deadline for signing these guys is not for another ten days. But is they don't sign Hass by Tuesday, things will get a lot tougher.

Both Matt's and Shaun's free agent fortunes are inextricably linked together, thanks to the dilly dally-ing of the organization toward signing these two this past season. It's arguably the best case scenario to sign Hass to a contract by tomorrow. That way the franchise tag can be used with less monetary damage on Alexander. In such a case, both of them could be miraculously locked up, and attention could be given to the other fourteen free agents on the roster in the following eight days before the deadline.

But both players and their agent know this: if the two of them can stall past the FA nomination deadline Tuesday, it will give them a lot more leverage and undoubtedly a fatter paycheck, regardless of the team they land on. If that happens, it's going to be monetarily squeeze out the other quality players we need to keep this team improving.

That would really suck. They may pull it off yet, but if they stand true to form, I am going to be one very P.O.'d Seahawks fan.

2005 NFL Off Season Calendar

2005 NFL Calendar

February 22 -- Deadline for clubs to designate franchise and transition players.

February 23-March 1 -- Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Indiana.

February 25 -- NFL Europe League training camps open.

March 1 -- Deadline for submission of qualifying offers by clubs to their restricted free agents whose contracts have expired and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation.

March 1 -- Deadline for clubs to submit offer of minimum salary to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with fewer than three seasons of free agency credit whose contracts have expired.

March 2 -- Veteran free agency signing period begins.

March 2 -- Trading period begins.

March 20-23 -- NFL Annual Meeting, Maui, Hawaii.

April 2-3 -- NFL Europe League season begins.

April 15 -- Signing period ends for restricted free agents.

April 22 -- Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

April 23-24 -- NFL Draft

May 9-11 -- NFL Coaches Career Development Symposium, Orlando, Florida.

May 24-25 -- NFL Spring Meeting, Washington, DC.

June 1 -- Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned unrestricted free agents to receive exclusive negotiating rights for rest of season if player is not signed by another club by July 22.

June 1 -- Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned restricted free agents or to extend qualifying offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights.

June 5 -- NFL Europe League regular season ends.

June 11 -- World Bowl XIII, Düsseldorf, Germany.

June 15 -- Deadline for old clubs to withdraw original qualifying offer to unsigned restricted free agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting tender of 110 percent of previous year’s salary.

June 26-29 -- NFL Rookie Symposium, Palm Beach, Florida.

Mid-July -- Training camps open.

July 22 -- Signing period ends at 4:00 PM ET for unrestricted free agents who received June 1 tender.

August 6 -- American Bowl, Tokyo, Japan: Atlanta vs. Indianapolis.

August 8 -- Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.

August 11-15 -- First preseason weekend.

August 30 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 65 players.

September 4 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.

September 8-12 -- Kickoff 2005 Weekend.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

With the #23 Pick, the Seahawks Select...

Here's a retro pic...

If any of you can guess who this is, and what draft and pick they are, you are a true blue Seahawks fan!

About the 2005 Draft--Post your pick, and come draft day, we'll see if anyone got it right. We'll make this one a sticky until the week after the draft.

Some to pick from:

1. Aaron Rodgers JR QB California
One of the few players in this Draft with "Star" potential.
2. Cedric Benson SR RB Texas
Could have been starting for a lot of pro teams in '04.
3. Alex Smith JR QB Utah
May have more potential than anyone in this Draft.
4. Derrick Johnson SR LB Texas
Athletic linebacker with speed who simply makes plays.
5. Mike Williams JR WR USC
May go higher in the '05 Draft than he would have in '04.
6. Braylon Edwards SR WR Michigan
Big, athletic wideout who can take over a game by himself.
7. Antrel Rolle SR CB Miami (FL)
Physical corner with great size, speed and athleticism.
8. Ronnie Brown SR RB Auburn
Overshadowed by Cadillac, but has better physical tools.
9. Thomas Davis JR S Georgia
A rare difference maker on the defensive side of the ball.
10. Cadillac Williams SR RB Auburn
Dynamic runner who is always a threat to go the distance.
11. Erasmus James SR DE Wisconsin
Needs to stay healthy but could be an impact pass rusher.
12. Pac-Man Jones JR CB West Virginia
Active, physical cornerback as well as a return man.
13. Marcus Spears SR DE L.S.U.
Great athlete could play DE or DT depending on scheme.
14. Heath Miller JR TE Virginia
Productive and a major weapon in the passing game.
15. Travis Johnson SR DT Florida St.
Finally lived up to his vast potential as a senior in 2004.
16. Dan Cody SR DE Oklahoma
Relentless pass rusher with speed and a non-stop motor.
17. Alex Barron SR OT Florida St.
Could be a potential franchise left tackle in the pros.
18. Justin Miller JR CB Clemson
Dynamic playmaker in the secondary & also a return man.
19. Shawne Merriman JR OLB Maryland
Raw athletic speciment who could play either OLB or DE.
20. David Pollack SR DE Georgia
Extremely productive and has a non-stop motor.
21. Jammal Brown SR OT Oklahoma
May be the best all-around tackle in this Draft.
22. Shaun Cody SR DT USC
Very productive and could project to either DT or DE.
23. Carlos Rogers SR CB Auburn
Thorpe Award winner with great physical tools.
24. Brodney Pool JR S Oklahoma
Super athletic safety with a great all-around game.
25. Kevin Burnett SR OLB Tennessee
Athleticism and physical tools are out of this world.
26. Justin Tuck JR DE Notre Dame
Super fast and athletic as well as a great pass rusher.
27. Troy Williamson JR WR South Carolina
Productive and may be the fastest wideout in the Draft.
28. Channing Crowder SO ILB Florida
Durability and experience are the only concerns.
29. Charlie Frye SR QB Akron
Unknown but may be the next great MAC quarterback.
30. Roddy White SR WR U.A.B.
Big play threat with great size, speed and athleticism
31. David Baas SR OG Michigan
Nasty player who could play either guard or center.
32. Mark Clayton SR WR Oklahoma
Has everything you look for except ideal size.

Vinny's a dumba**!!

To everyone out there that had to put up with all my defenses of the FO and Matt's willingness to get re-signed, I wish to post an apology for being a dumba**. Apparently I was way off on my evaluation of Matt's dedication to the team, and the front office's ability to get things done in a timely manner. I was sure that Matt would be signed by Thursday or Friday. Here it is Saturday and no news, that can't be a good sign. Anyway, I just wanted to throw this out there before some of you beat me to it. Thanks, Vin

Friday, February 18, 2005

As if we needed more bad news for Free Agents...

The Seattle News Tribune reports that any bonus money awarded to free agents this season, can only be distruted over the next 5 years, regardless of the contract length. This is due to a penalty in the labor agreements, which is being applied due to the lack of a 2007 salary cap.

In real terms, this means that with Walter Jones contract, for instance, the salary cap hit will actually be $4.9 million, rather than $3.8 million. An extra million dollars will be added for each of the first five years of his contract. This will also apply to every contract we take on this offseason.

Click on this link for the story.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/story/4609398p-4282948c.html

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Official Seattle Seahawks Jersey autographed by Steve Largent

Monkey, you might want to hand your credit cards over to your wife before you check this out.


Brees Get the Franchise Tag

Full Story

SO Brees gets tagged. So what?

Well there are a couple of immediate concerns.

For one, it means that if Hasselbeck gets the tag with the Seahawks, it will be an established cap hit of $8.078 million.

It also slims down the number of decent available QB's on the market, thus raising Hass's stock and making him more difficult to sign.

Who is left besides Matt? Drew Bledsoe and Jeff Garcia are facing exile, but will do doubt find a home. Kurt Warner, Brad Johnson, and Mike McMahon round out the list.

Is it me, or are the pickings pretty slim? Rumor has in in some other forums that Hasselbeck will be signed this Friday. I hope so.

Since retro pictures seem to be a hit, I thought I'd keep it going with this one.

Do you think Hass will be next to sign?

Mike Reinfeldt for President

Check out this article by Art Thiel. He makes some very good points in this regard.

I'd still like to see Mueller in here, But Reinfeldt seems like he would do a fine job as well.

It's time to make a move, Allen! Either defecate or get off the Plebe! It's time to capitalize on this new sense of direction!

Bobby Engram

What are your feelings on Engram,his infamous drop in the play off game.I don't remeber your
guys reaction from this,My first reaction was tar and feathers.Can we trust him to make that play or any other play again?I really can't,if he cannot bring in that big play what makes you think that he can do it in a bigger game?I am not saying we should dump him but maybe Hass
will not throw to him next time he needs a big play,and force something.But I don't think this was addressed enough in the PI blog.

It's Official: Jones Signed

Check this out from Seahawks.com.

After reading this article it occurs to me that he is one of the most underappreciated players in Seahawks history, or at least until now.

If I'm wrong, then who?




.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Hawks sett to sign Walt

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

16 Free Agents, 16 Days To Go

WHO do they think they are kidding?

Free agency begins March 2. Sixteen Seahawks are scheduled to no longer be part of the organization. They will take the best offer that comes their way, and perhaps be gone.

A few weeks later, the NFL draft begins. Ex-Seahawks college scouting director Scot McCloughan left for San Francisco, taking his knowledge and insight with him. He has not yet been replaced.

These two events are the foundation of everything Seahawk. Fans support winning teams. Winning teams are built on good players. Good players are acquired in these critical processes. It sets up the entire next season, and seasons to come.

Before he was fired, Bob Whitsitt led this team into the worst free agent circumstances in the NFL. Getting rid of him was a good thing for the Seahawks. But the accomplishments of those temporarily filling the power void have been atrocious.

What has been accomplished so far? We have a special teams coach, that's nice. Urban got a raise, and we signed some scrubs, Jason Willis and Ron Smith, neither of which I would know from Adam. Whoop-de-freakin'doo.

What's left to do? General manager Bob Ferguson and pro personnel director Will Lewis are supposedly getting ready for these two key recruitment events. But will they have the authority, resources, and gumption necessary to 1) get the best players, 2) get the best players signed, and 3) do everything just the way Holmgren wants, or risk further FO power struggles?

The only way to know is after the fact. The proof will be in the proverbial pudding. They may pull it off, but I have my doubts.

So they are in charge of acquiring players. How are we doing in the matter of retaining the good players we currently have? It's really unbeleivable that it has gone on this long. The best of these players should have been signed on last year, even during the season. What kind of message are we sending to the prospective free agents in the market? Obviously one that says "we don't take care of our own". We don't really retire numbers (there's the No.80 thing again) and we don't do anything to make sure that our key players are locked in. After all, what team builds around top quality skill players? Aparrently not the Seahawks. Their best players will be ripe for the picking in a few days.

How is Mike Reinfeldt going to sign 16 players in 16 days? I know, I know, a lot of these players will be let go deliberately. But clearly this team is up against a wall. How many NFL teams will even sign just two or three of their own players between now and the deadline? Traditionally, not many. I don't see the Seahawks being much different, especially without a GM.

While Reinfeldt is at it, I was wondering if he could send some manna to all the tsunami victims, and maybe cure cancer. Give me a break. Mike, I know you're in a tight spot, but sign someone already! Show the world that the Seahawks are truly in pursuit of excellence. Send a message to all the prospects. The image of this organization needs to change NOW.

Then there is the matter of actually hiring a captain for this ship that is in danger of running aground. Have you seen who is in charge of that? Paul Allen has put the search for a new GM in to the hands of, IMO, two long time board room brown nosers:

Hoon Cho is in charge of private equity investment of Allen's Vulcan Capital, self-dubbed as the "private investment group of Vulcan Inc., the organization founded by Paul G. Allen in 1986 to manage his personal and professional endeavors." In other words, It's his cash cow. Hoon has creds from Princeton and Harvard. His experience of the NFL and it's deadlines: NONE. I wonder if he even knows what a 'draw' play is.

Then there is Bert Kolde. A very impressive piece of his resume' is that he was Paul Allen's roomate in college. Now he is the COO of Digeo, one of Allen's companies, where he helped them win an Emmy for "Best TV User Interface Design". Nice football cred, huh? Dont' be alarmed by his picture, I don't think he really has down syndrome.

Both of these pencil-pushers have no NFL experience, but they for some reason serve on the Seahawks' board of directors, and they have the special assignment of working with Tod Leiweke and Mike Holmgren to find a new GM. These two just seem to be part of Allen's 'trusted' inner circle, so they are perceived by him as people that can do anything. It's like Bob Whitsitt all over again, x2.

I don't think the front office is resting on their laurels, but I do think that they are in a state of semi-organized chaos. There are no clearly defined lines of authority or duty. How a team that is on the brink of being so good as an organization is letting this happen to them is beyond me.

Let me give you an example of what I mean.

The loss of McCloughan on Jan. 14 was completely avoidable. According to the Seattle PI, "he went to the 49ers -- despite wanting to stay with the Seahawks as a possible replacement for Thompson -- because no one was in place to either match the five-year, almost $4 million offer he received or assure him there was a new job for him in the club's yet-to-be-determined hierarchy.

"Instead, all McCloughan knew was that his contract was scheduled to expire in June and the 49ers were making him an offer that was difficult to decline."

This very same thing is threatening the roster. Will some of the best players in the NFL be snatched from our hands at 12:01am on March 2nd? I certainly hope not, but this hope is not based on any evident realities.

Monday, February 14, 2005

informal poll

Just to get the pulse of you guys out there, I thought I would post another sort of informal poll. Feel free to tell me exactly why you think what you do, that's what makes polls of any kind interesting.

What would you do if you were the GM, here's a list of some of the best names available (potentially anyway). I want to see what direction you guys would go in this offseason, woould you draft a LB and pick up a RB? Would you go get a WR and and draft a DE? What would your priorities be?
I realize that some of the options I list here may not be available March 2 (my birthday in case anyone cares) but let's pretend they are all available.

For each category list the direction you would take or state why you don't think that category is vital.

Would you;
Draft a DE. (who)
Resign Okeafor.
Sign John Abraham.
Sign another DE (who)

Would you;
Draft a LB. (who)
Sign Chris Claiborn.
Sign Kendrell Bell.
Sign Julian Peterson.
Sign Edgerton Hartwell.
Sign Mark FIelds.
Sign another LB. (who)

Would you; (provided Alexander leaves of course)
Darft a RB (who)
Sign Rudi Johnson.
Sign Corell Buckhalter.
Sign Najeh Davenport.
Sign LaMont Jordan.
Trade for Travis Henry.
Pay for restricted Brian Westbrook.
Sign another RB (who)

Would you;
Draft a WR (who)
Sign Jerry Porter.
Sign Plaxico Burress
Sign Mushin Muhammed (if he gets cut as expected)
Sign T.J. Houshmandzedeh.
Sign another WR (who)

Would you;
Draft special teams help.
Sign Rod Smart
Sign another Special teams player.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Pioli Disses Allen?

Get a load of this, from ESPN at the cited link:


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Updated: Feb. 13, 2005, 9:10 PM ET

ESPN.com news services
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has lost his two coordinators, but it's looking like there's less a chance he could lose his right-hand man.

The Seattle Seahawks received permission to talk to Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli for their position of president of football operations, The Boston Globe reported.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen learned Seahawks owner Paul Allen reportedly offered Pioli more than $3 million a year to join the Seahawks. But Pioli is resisting the temptation and as of now plans to return to his job with the Patriots, honoring a contract that runs through May 2006. It is believed Pioli is making $800,000 a year in his current position.

Seattle has lost three top executives since the season's end as Allen reshuffles his football management team.

+++++++++++++++ END ARTICLE +++++++++++++

AAAAAaaaauuuuuuggghhhh!!!

Guess what it means when a someone turns down almost 4X the cash to work for you.

Yep, you guessed it.

Is Matt Better?

How many out there think that Matt would be doing a better job for the NFC in the Pro Bowl? No TDs and 2 ints at the Half for McNabb and Cullpepper.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

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Seahawks Chasing Pats' Executive

Here is some good news from the Seattle Times:

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Saturday, February 12, 2005 - Page updated at 01:03 a.m.

Team might be eyeing Pats executive
By José Miguel Romero
Seattle Times staff reporter

Sources in Boston have indicated the Seahawks have received permission to speak with Scott Pioli, the New England Patriots' vice president of player personnel, regarding the Seahawks' team-president position.

Pioli, 39, is widely regarded as the top young executive in the NFL for his work with coach Bill Belichick in building the back-to-back Super Bowl champions.

Seahawks officials could not be reached last night to confirm that Pioli had been approached.

Pioli, under contract through the 2006 draft, said in December he intended to honor his contract with the Patriots.

Pioli was named the NFL's Executive of the Year after the 2003 season, the youngest person to receive the honor. He would immediately vault to the top of the list as the most high-profile candidate for team president among those the Seahawks have spoken to or are considering.

If the Seahawks are interested in talking to Pioli, it might provide an explanation for the time it has taken for the team to name a president. Pioli was busy with Super Bowl preparations and the Seahawks would have had to wait until the game was over to approach the Patriots.

Those believed to be candidates for the Seattle job are former Seahawks executives Mike Reinfeldt and Randy Mueller; Denver general manager Ted Sundquist; Bill Kuharich, Kansas City vice president of pro personnel; and Miami CEO Bryan Wiedmeier. Tony Softli, college scouting director for Carolina, also has been talked about but not directly contacted.

Copyright © 2005 The Seattle Times Company
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Now THIS is an intriguing scoop.

Consider this comments from Troy Aikman and Randy Mueller, regarding the Patriots' and Eagles' organizations, taken from Seahawks.com:

Aikman:

""These two teams are almost mirror images of each other as to how they go about trying to win. You walk through the door at both places, and it doesn't take long to figure out why they are successful. You just feel it. They have a chain of command, lines are clearly defined as to what people do, there is tremendous respect for everyone within those buildings, and they get good, quality people. And they do sacrifice individual for the team. There is a culture right now where players want it to be about them. But not with these two teams. That is the bottom line."

Also from Randy Mueller:

"The gap can be eliminated, no doubt about it, but it's different than it used to be when I was the Saints' general manager (2000-02). These two have taken talent evaluation to the next level. They have shown that it is not necessarily the most talented teams that win. It is more the way their head coaches and staff bring them together as a team; how they use the chemistry, the IQ of the players and fit the players' strengths into the team's schemes. You need to pay special attention to 'team' and chemistry now when putting together your roster."

This is the kind of GM I'm hoping the Seahawks hire. Holmgren needs to know clearly where his boundaries are, and the same goes for rest of the front office. Besides that, it looks like Pioli and Hasslebeck go to the same barber.

I guess it goes without saying I highly support the hiring of Pioli. Hopefully Paul Allen is truly pursuing this objective. So far, it looks like he is.

Friday, February 11, 2005

What do you think?

I was just thinking about how much money Ken Lucas will demand in free agency,In the nfl
cornerbacks are at a premium. So the question is will we and should we sign Lucas back?
I think Chris Richard is a good talent,And can could fill the spot if vacated.The reason I ask is because of Bill Parcells statements about not signing or drafting a shut down corner because with the new rules leaning towards the offence.In my opinion I think if we didn't sign Lucas Back
we could sign a Kendrel Bell to bolster our linebacker corps,And use the money we can sign Okeafor,plus add depth at defensive end in the draft.I would like to hear your opinions on this.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

New Special Teams Coach

Wednesday the Hawks hired a new special teams coach, here's what coach Holmgren had to say.
“We hired a special teams coach, Bob Casullo, who was most recently with the New York Jets as the tight ends coach. I interviewed Bob last year and he had been with the Raiders with Jon Gruden; he was their special teams coach when they went to the Super Bowl. He has a great background in coaching. Coached in college a number of years, he distinguished himself at Syracuse University, as an example. We’re very excited. He was disappointed he didn’t get the job last year. Special teams is his first love, but the Jets hired him as a tight ends coach. I’m very, very pleased that we were able to get him.”

It sounds like they got the guy they wanted which I am very happy about. My reason for posting this is to get the opinions of you out there, regarding this hiring. I would like to hear what you guys think, as well as getting any pertinant information regarding him, which may not be common knowledge.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Front Office Openings

While I love to talk free agents, and speculating on draft picks always gets me excited, the biggest and first priority for our beloved Hawks has to be the Front Office. I've accumulated quite a bit of information over the last month or so on which way our Front Office might or might not be headed, and I thought a blog dedicated to Front Office discussion might be useful. That being said, I found some bad news for those of us hoping desperately for Randy Mueller to be back in the Seahawks organization.

Pro Football Weekly has apparently reported that Mueller has slipped a little in the eyes of the Hawks, because he would like to come in and completely overhaul the teams scouting department, and a complete overhaul wouldn't make Holmgren Happy.

This worries me for a number of reasons. We've already lost scouting personnel this off season, and dropping more could be costly, but at the same time, Randy knows what he's doing, and should be given control. The fact that Holmgren's opinion about the scouting department could keep Mueller from working with the Hawks, implies that Mueller (or whoever is brought in) wouldn't have the control they need, and we could be headed for another power struggle, which is never a good thing.

On top of this, the team needs to get serious about getting our free agents signed. There are already rumors that the Pack are persuing Hass, even though we all know he's coming back. Shaun is being written off, even though Mort says he wants to be back. Chike's agent is almost beside himself, because nothing is getting done, and I don't even want to discuss what Poston is probably doing. (I hate Poston).

Bottom Line, I really want Holmgren to just coach. I really want Mueller in charge of all personnel decisions. And I really want Reinfeldt in charge of almost everything else.

Tough questions

I didn't really want to do this but...there are several tough questions, which tend to be hot topics for Seahawks fans which I feel compelled to comment on. I would also like to conduct a poll regarding these questions which I would love to see your answers to. I will post the poll questions at the end of this post.

First, I must say that the way that coach Holmgren seemed almost worn down and depressed at the end of last season, and the way that he candidly informed the media that he wasn't sure that he even wanted to come back, has me thinking that no matter what the Seahawks do, (short of winning or at least getting to a super bowl) Mike will not be back at the end of next season. In my opinion, Holmgren just looked drained, he looked as if the joy had gone out of the job and he was very seriously thinking about quitting. I got the feeling that not only was he on a short rope, with the front office, but he was at the end of his own as well.
So I am asking myself, what will the team have to do in order for Holmgren to want to come back? What will the Seahawks have to do in order for the front office to bring him back? Will he leave, (or be fired) at the end of next season regardless of what the Seahawks do next year?

My belief is that nothing short of a super bowl game will be enough for either the front office to want him back or for him to want to come back (even that may not be enough). It is possible that if the Seahawks were to make the NFC championship game and perform well, even though ultimately losing, it might be enough to give him one more last, last chance, but I am no longer certain that even that would be enough at this point in time.

Second, today the Seahawks resigned back up wide reciever Urban; does this resigning spell the beginning of the end for Koren Robinson a.k.a. "the Grip"? It is my belief that resigning Urban had as much to do with the fact that Urban has a chance to be a good reciever for this team, as it has to do with insurance against K Rob's inconsistent play. It is my opinion that this signing is intended to be a wake up call for Robinson, as much as it is just a good signing. What do you guys think? Is this just a good signing, or does it mean more given the inconsistent play ie. dropped passes, the off the field problems with the drugs etc... involving Robinson. Does this signing spell the end of "the Grip"?

Third, I would like to know the opinion of all of you regarding this teams top needs going into the free agency and drafting period. Would you go after D Linemen, linebackers, wide recievers, runnning backs, or something else. Do you think that whether or not Alexander resigns with the team is the key to what we will need to do? I believe that whether he resigns or not will determine the direction the Seahawks take this offseason. I also believe that resigning Alexander may ultimatley prove to be less costly than letting him go, since if he leaves, we must replace him with either a high round draft pick or a free agent with less than half the talent, which would also cost money.

In light of that last question, IF Alexander should choose to go elsewhere, what would the best direction for this team be? My thoughts are these. Since looking over the list of free agents, I have come to the conclusion that there is only one free agent who would be able to effectively replace Alexander, (Brian Westbrook) and he is a restricted free agent, which means the likelihood of our getting him is very, very slim. Getting Westbrook would probably be as costly (ultimately) as resigning Alexander would be. I believe that Morris is at least as good an option as any of the unrestricted free agents would be, which leaves us looking to the draft to replace Alexander should he leave, or just giving the job to Morris. There are quite a few RB's available in this draft who I believe will turn out to be very good pro's. I also think that one or two of them may slip into the second round of the draft. So where does that leave us if Alexander walks? Do we use our draft picks to improve our defense, and just go with Morris next year? Or do we use a first or second pick to replace Alexander? Is Morris ready to be "the guy"?

Fifth, if the Seahawks do decide, (as I think they should) to pursue a wide reciever in the free agency, should it be Plaxico Burress, Mushin Muhammed, or T.J. Houshmandzedeh? I personally am leaning heavily towards Muhammed or Houshmandzedeh, but am a little torn between these two.
I don't want Burress at all, period, I think he is a perenial underachiever who choked in the championship game (he dropped an easy touchdown pass then whined about his lack of playing time after the game), who is also always hurt. Sounds just like Robinson to me, no thanks I'll pass.
Muhammed is a very good possesion reciever who has the ability to score, but has had some real down years and is a bit older than either Plexiglass or T.J. He cerainly has gotten it done in the big games, however, and would be an istant "go to guy" for Hasselbeck, when his protection breaks down.
Houshmandzedeh, is a bit undersized and perhaps a bit slow, but is a terrific route runner with great hands, he is very competitive and is still fairly young, and would likely be inexpensive as well.
All in all, I would be happy with either of those two.


So here are the poll questions.
#1. What will it take for Holmgren to come back/be brought back for yet another season after next year.
A. A terrific playoff run.
B. A super bowl appearance.
C. He's worn out, this will be his last season.
D. A solid season, regardless of what happens in the playoffs.

#2. Was the Urban resigning,
A. A sign of the end for Koren Robinson.
B. Insurance, in case Robinson still can't get his act together.
C. Just a good signing, nothing more.
D. A waste of money.

#3. Where should the teams focus be in the draft.
A. Defensive line.
B. Linebacker.
C. Wide reciever.
D. Other, (if other, tell me which postion).
E. depends on whether or not Alexander resigns.

#4. If Alexander does not resign, should we
A. spend a high round draft pick on his replacement.
B. Give the job to Morris.
C. Pursue an unrestricted free agent, (if so, who?)
D. Pursue Westbrook even though he is restricted.

#5. If Alexander leaves, is Morris ready to be "the guy"?
A. Yes.
B. No.
C. Jury's still out.

#6. If the Seahawks go after a wide reciever in free agency, should they get,
A. Mushin Muhammed.
B. Plaxico Burress.
C. T.J. Houshmandzedeh.
D. Other, (tell me who).
E. Some combination of these players. (example, Muhammed AND Houshmandzedeh).