Friday cyber surfing: Peytonpalooza, and Polk

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, March 9:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com provides an NFC West Free-Agent Primer, and has this to say about the Seahawks: “The Seahawks have roughly $30 million in cap space, according to John Clayton, and will make every effort to land Manning. They feel they’ve got a shot as long as they can persuade him to get on a plane and check out what they have to offer in terms of the roster, coaching, facilities, ownership and more. If Manning goes elsewhere, I would expect the Seahawks to consider Green Bay quarterback Matt Flynn. Securing him at a price lower than what Arizona paid for Kolb would be the goal. As badly as the Seahawks want to upgrade the position, they have said they will not panic. Overpaying for Flynn could represent panic in their eyes. On the pass-rush front, I’m increasingly skeptical the team will shell out for Mario Williams. The price could be too high for a player Houston has decided to let hit the market. Re-signing Red Bryant is a priority, but using the franchise tag for him was never an option given the $10.6 million price. A deal slightly north of the one teammate Brandon Mebane signed seems likelier if Bryant returns.”

Also at ESPN.com, Adam Schefter says Manning wants to pick his new team within a week: “Peyton Manning’s camp is aiming to make a decision within the next week on where he will play next season, according to sources, who add that while Manning prefers to stay in the AFC, he is open to playing in the NFC. Sources say 12 teams reached out to Manning’s representatives Wednesday, after he was released, to gauge his interest in playing for their teams. Many of the teams already have been publicized, but some inevitably will want to keep their identity secret.”

Speaking of Manning, Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times offers his take on what Day Two of Peytonpalooza delivered: “For all the coverage that Peytonpalooza has generated in the past two days, it still has not included a statement that Manning will sign with, visit or host Team X. And really, until something like that comes out, the rest is navel-gazing speculation about possibilities and likelihood. … The second day of Peytonpalooza demonstrated the underside of the information age: You can learn everything faster now, but sometimes, you’re actually learning nothing.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our “Free agent spotlight” series with a look at the linebackers, a group topped by the Falcons’ Curtis Lofton: “A second-round draft choice in 2008, Lofton has been a starter in Atlanta since his rookie season. He has averaged 123 tackles in four seasons – including a career-high 147 last season and 133 in 2009, when he had 105 solo stops.”

We’ve also got a report from the University of Washington’s Pro Day, where running back Chris Polk ran away with the workout: “It began with an explosive start. It included a stretch of fluid acceleration. It ended with Chris Polk allowing himself the slightest of a clinched fist after he crossed the finish line. The University of Washington running back came into the Huskies’ Pro Day on Thursday wanting to run faster in the 40-yard dash than he had at the NFL Scouting Combine. Polk did just that, and then some. After clocking an official time of 4.57 seconds in Indianapolis last month, Polk’s times in his pair of 40-yard dashes at Dempsey Indoor ranged from 4.45 to 4.48 seconds on his first run and between 4.47 and 4.51 seconds on his second attempt. He said his electronic time was 4.49 seconds. Anyway you click the stopwatch, that’s the kind of improvement Polk was chasing. ‘I feel I could have done better,’ Polk said after slapping an exclamation point on his impressive workout. ‘But I’m just glad that I came out here and improved on my time. So I can’t argue with that.’ ”

Scott Johnson at the Everett Herald also was at the UW’s Pro Day, and had this to say: “The most recognizable player in action Thursday was the one with absolutely nothing to prove. Former UW star Jake Locker, whom the Tennessee Titans selected with the eighth overall pick in last April’s draft, drove down from his hometown of Ferndale to throw passes to Polk and the former UW receivers. ‘It was great to have Jake out here,’ Jermaine Kearse said. ‘I told him I really appreciated him coming out here. It was a big deal for me and D.A. (Aguilar) and Chris (Polk) and everyone. That just shows you the type of person he is to come back and help us out.’ “


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