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Seahawks To Release Tatupu

Posted by Brad On July – 31 – 2011
After refusing to restructure his contract, Seattle MLB Lofa Tatupu requested his release. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seahawks will grant the three-time Pro Bowler his wish. 

This development isn’t as surprising as some may think. At 28-years old, Tatupu has bad knees that once again required surgery at the end of the season. He’s due to make $4.35 million in 2011, a steep price for a guy who’s played an entire 16-game schedule once in the last three seasons and has been outperformed by David Hawthorne, a consistent, intense player who’s led the ‘Hawks in tackles over the last two seasons. With the recent re-signing of WLB LeRoy Hill, the writing was on the wall in Seattle.

With Stephen Tulloch off of the market, Tatupu immediately becomes the premier free agency option at MLB. Teams looking for an upgrade in the middle may roll the bones on Tatupu in hopes of getting the early-career, Pro Bowl version of Tatupu, and not the recent, injury-wrecked model.     

Brandon Mebane Is Staying In Seattle

Posted by Brad On July – 29 – 2011


"Brandon Mebane re-signs with Seattle"Seattle GM John Schneider has confirmed reports that the Seahawks will re-sign priority free agent DT Brandon Mebane. Mebane really began to emerge as a versatile interior force in 2010 and was a hot free agency commodity due to his relative youth (26 years old), consistency and durability (53 starts in four seasons in Seattle), so keeping him in the Great Northwest has to be considered a major WIN for the ‘Hawks. With Mebane (6-1/311), Red Bryant (6-4/325), Colin Cole (6-2/330) and newly-acquired DT Alan Branch (6-6/338) clogging the interior in Seattle, expect more than a few opposing running backs opt to bounce their runs to the outside in 2011.    

Seattle Grabs Alan Branch

Posted by Brad On July – 29 – 2011


"Alan Branch signed with the Seattle Seahawks"The Seahawks have made another head-scratching personnel move. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Seattle has agreed to a 2-year, $8 million deal with gargantuan DT Alan Branch. It seems that the ‘Hawks may be out of the running for Brandon Mebane, so there’s a need for some interior bulk. At 6-6/ 338,  Branch has the requisite size, but his production has yet to match his talent during his NFL career. The former 2nd-round pick made some small strides in 2010 (contract year), but we’re talking about a career backup who’s amassed a combined 35 tackles and 2 sacks in four NFL seasons. Like the Redskins/Stephen Bowen signing, this is another prime example of the classic “upside” free agency investment.

Three NFC Teams Sign Their Left Guard

Posted by Brad On July – 28 – 2011
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that the Arizona Cardinals have a free agency deal in place with Green Bay OG Daryn Colledge. Colledge is a durable, steady veteran who should stabilize the LG position in Arizona following the retirement of Alan Faneca. A #2 draft pick in ’06, Colledge hasn’t missed a start in five NFL seasons.
As expected, free agent OG Robert Gallery has joined O-line coach Tom Cable on the ride from Oakland to Seattle. Terms of the 3-year deal are undisclosed. After the former #2 overall pick epically washed-out at OT, Gallery found his niche at LG under Cable’s tutelage. Gallery has played only 18 games in the last two seasons due to various injuries. Gallery will play LG for the Seahawks, giving them four new starters on the offensive line heading into the 2011 season.
The Cowboys have re-signed LG Kyle Kosier to a 3-year deal worth $9 million. Many had assumed that Dallas would cut ties with the injury-prone, 10-year vet. The re-signing of Kosier and LT Doug Free makes it apparent that the ‘Pokes think it may be in Tony Romo’s best interests to have some continuity on the left side of the offensive line. 

Sidney Rice is a Seahawk

Posted by Brad On July – 27 – 2011

"Sidney Rice to the Seattle Seahawks"Jay Glazer of broke the report that Sidney Rice would be joining the Seattle Seahawks.

The signing of Sidney Rice came down to Minnesota and Seattle (Minnesota West).  Seattle appears to be handpicking Vikings to join Pete Carroll’s squad at the behest of former Viking OC Darrell Bevell.  This move reunites Rice with Tavaris Jackson and Darrell Bevell.

The financials on the deal are 5-years at $41 million with $18.5 guaranteed.  The deal also includes $3 million in escalators that are tied into Pro Bowl appearances.  The deal appears to be the going rate for a receiver of Rice’s caliber.

Rice has amassed 2,129 yards receiving and 18 TD’s over a four year span which includes 48 games played in.  Rice’s breakout season came in 2009 when he caught 83 balls for 1,312 and 8 TD’s in a season that saw the Vikings make it to the NFC Championship Game.

Is Sidney Rice Suicidal?

Posted by Brad On July – 27 – 2011


ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Minnesota and Seattle are engaged in a bidding war for marquee free agent WR Sidney Rice. Given that the Seahawks have more cash to throw at Rice, not to mention a few familiar faces in offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and QB Tarvaris Jackson to welcome him to the Great Northwest, my money says that Seattlegets their man, assuming another team doesn’t step into the arena at the last minute. The addition of Rice to a talented group of targets including Mike Williams, Deon Butler, Golden Tate and TE John Carlson could mean offensive fireworks with savvy vet Matt Hasselbeck at the controls…oops. Scratch that. The ancient, fabled “Tarvleinhurst monster” has reportedly been unleashed upon an unsuspecting Qwest Field, and Rice will need every inch (and more) of his lengthy, 6-4 frame to save all of the wounded ducks in the vicinity. For a guy coming off of a serious hip injury, one has to admire Rice’s bravery in the face of such horrors.

The over/under on Rice’s first injury inSeattle currently sits at Week Five.

Matt Leinart Completes the Crappy QB Trifecta in Seattle

Posted by Brad On July – 26 – 2011


"Matt Leinart to Seattle"If you have a lot of quarterbacks, you probably don’t have a quarterback. reports that QB Matt Leinart has agreed to a deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Terms of the deal are not yet available. This comes on the heels of the Seahawks’ signing of QB Tarvaris Jackson, who will compete with Charlie Whitehurst and Leinart for the starting gig this season. We haven’t seen a three-headed monster QB the likes of this since last season’s Anderson/Skelton/Hall abomination in Arizona. I’m not sure what the Seahawks are thinking, but for all of you draftniks out there, make sure and adjust your 2012 NFL Mock Drafts accordingly.Seattleis now firmly in contention for the right to draft Andrew Luck at #1 come next April.

Darrell Bevell and Tavaris Jackson to Reunite in Seattle?

Posted by Brad On July – 26 – 2011

"Tavaris Jackson"Reports have been confirmed that free agent Tavaris Jackson will be joining the Seattle Seahawks come 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday.  The move reunites former Viking offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Jackson.

Judging by the early reaction from Seahawks fans they were expecting something better than Tavaris Jackson.  The Alabama State product has amassed a whopping 3,984 yards, 24 TD’s and 22 INT’s in his 5 year career (20 starts) with the Vikings.  Those stats are those of a really poor Matt Schaub season.  Understandably, Seahawk-nation is not thrilled with opening training camp with Charlie Whitehurst and Tavaris Jackson battling for the starting quarterback gig.  If given the choice of Tavaris Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst; I’d pick Matt Hasselbeck.

Look on the bright side, it could be worse…you could be Washington.

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