Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 25:
The big news, of course, is that the lockout could be in its final hours. Albert Breer at NFL.com has the details. Offers Breer: “Legal teams for NFL owners and players negotiated through the weekend and deep into Monday morning, wrapping up at 3 a.m. with an agreement on basic terms. According to multiple sources involved, the deal is not 100 percent done yet, with the final document just completed about two hours prior a scheduled conference call with the 32 team player reps at 11 a.m. ET. Legal teams are proofing and fixing the details. That’s important, because the language of a completed deal is what caused some of the hang-ups that occurred last week.”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune shares his shopping list for the Seahawks once free agency does begin. Says Williams: “Seattle would like to bring back soon-to-be free agent defensive tackle Brandon Mebane. Other potential players the Seahawks could target once free agency begins include Minnesota receiver Sidney Rice and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, Oakland offensive guard Robert Gallery and Denver tight end Daniel Graham.”
Also from the News Tribute, Dave Boling weighs on the laborious efforts to reach a labor agreement. Says Boling: “Basically, had NFL owners and players split the difference on the money issues, they could have reached this point in the first week, saved millions in legal fees, had months to sort through the leftover details, and gone about free agency and normal offseason activities without disruption. But that would have been too easy.”
Steve Wyche at NFL.com looks at some of the concerns teams and agents have once the lockout is over and league business finally kicks in, if not as usual. Says Wyche: “Under the post-lockout circumstances, agents won’t have as defined locales because veteran free agency hasn’t occurred. For instance, if a team didn’t draft a safety but is in need, the agent could send his undrafted safety to that team. A day or two later, the team signs a veteran free-agent safety. That wouldn’t rule the undrafted player out of the mix, but he won’t get the reps the vets will because they need to learn the new scheme and would be on the practice field a lot more than Mr. Long Shot.”
Also at NFL.com, Gil Brandt has his Top 20 undrafted college players who will be snapped up once teams are allowed to sign them.
Peter King of SI.com is back from vacation, and so is his “Monday Morning Quarterback.” Today, he tries to make sense of the post-lockout world in the NFL. Offers King: “Late Sunday night, I asked George Atallah, Smith’s right-hand man with the players, if he could see any possibility of the deal getting derailed at the last second. ‘I do not,’ he said after leaving a long day of talks inside the association’s headquarters. ‘The players have worked too hard for this moment, and they’ve managed to tune out the noise outside the process to focus on making a deal that would be fair to both sides.’
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles on the team’s first 35 seasons with a look at 1982 – when a players’ strike forced the cancellation of eight games and the Seahawks fired coach Jack Patera. We also check in with Jacob Green, the former sack master turned fund raiser who had a floor on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center campus named after him and his foundation on Friday. Said Green, who has raised more than $2.6 million to help the Hutch fight cancer: “When this all started, I was just hoping to help out in some little way. What it’s turned into is just unbelievable. This is quite an honor, and I’m happy about it.”