Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 22:
The big news, of course, is that the owners approved a new CBA proposal on Thursday night. But the players still need to ratify it. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen talked with representatives of the players’ group, and he offers: “A vote among its 32 player representatives appears likely Friday after the group received the ‘finishing points’ of the agreement NFL owners approved Thursday. The NFLPA did not receive those details until after a two-hour conference call with player reps came to a conclusion without a vote Thursday night. ‘All in all, despite the games that were played by the NFL, things look much more optimistic,’ a players’ leadership source said.”
Eric Williams of the New Tribune takes a look at Thursday’s actions – and non-actions – from the Seahawks’ viewpoint. He talked to soon-to-be free-agent defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, who said: “I have mixed feelings about it. I’m anxious to get it resolved, but you also have to get it right. It’s like when you buy a car, you have to read over the papers so if you get into a lease agreement, you know what you’re signing. But as far as my personal situation, it’s a blessing. I really would like to know where I stand as a free agent and what’s going to happen.”
Williams also has a comprehensive look at the Seahawks who will become free agents once the lockout ends. On his “staying” list: CB Kelly Jennings, K Olindo Mare and Mebane. On his “go” or “likely to go” list: QB Matt Hasselbeck, OT Sean Locklear, C Chris Spencer, SS Lawyer Milloy and DB Jordan Babineaux.
The Seahawks are scheduled to play the NFC West rival Arizona Cardinals twice in 2011 – Sept. 25 at CenturyLink Field and in their Jan. 1 regular-season finale in the desert. Sporting News Today has this look at the Cardinals from beat writer and correspondent Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. Says Somers: “The Cardinals are coming off their worst season since 2006, and it’s hard to imagine many other teams with as many weaknesses to address. The most glaring is at quarterback. They need more than competence at that spot; Arizona must have someone who can make plays. (Coach Ken) Whisenhunt, however, has proven his ability as a coach, and playing in a weak division gives the Cardinals some hope.”
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com takes a look at the “ideal” and “bad” fits for some of the players who will become unrestricted free agents. Brooks, a former NFL scout (including a stint with the Seahawks), includes Hasselbeck in his roundup. His “ideal” fit: The Titans. Says Brooks: “Hasselbeck wants to remain a starter, and the situation in Tennessee provides him with the perfect opportunity to be a first-stringer for another year or so. He would step into a lineup with a strong runner in place (Chris Johnson) and an intriguing No. 1 receiver in Kenny Britt. With the support of a front office that is aware of Hasselbeck’s strengths, weaknesses and character (Titans vice president Mike Reinfeldt was a part of the Seahawks’ front office prior to coming to Tennessee), he would have the opportunity to extend his career as a mentor to Jake Locker.”
His “bad” fit: The Seahawks. Says Brooks: “Hasselbeck has repeatedly stated his desire to return to Seattle, but the team is poised to transition at the position. The Seahawks paid a hefty sum to acquire Charlie Whitehurst a season ago, and they need to see if he has the goods to become a franchise quarterback. Also, the team’s reluctance to get a deal done prior to the lockout suggests the front office isn’t completely sold on Hasselbeck as their starter in 2011. Without a strong commitment from the team to remain on board, Hasselbeck would be better served to look for greener pastures.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles on the team’s first 35 seasons with a look at 1979 – when the Seahawks went 9-7 for the second consecutive season by winning five of their final six games and Steve Largent averaged a career-best 18.7 yards on 66 catches.