Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks — over the weekend, as well as today, March 12:
Peyton Manning visited the Cardinals on Sunday, after spending Friday with the Broncos. In this report from Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter at ESPN.com, they have sources saying the Seahawks are not an option for the iconic QB who spent the past 14 seasons with the Colts: “Peyton Manning on Sunday completed an exhaustive three-day road trip in which he is known to have visited with the Broncos and Cardinals, the two teams that sources believe have emerged as the favorites for the free-agent quarterback. Despite those sources’ contention about the Broncos and Cardinals as favorites, Manning has not engaged either in contract negotiations or selected his next team and is highly unlikely to make that decision by Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, when the new league year begins for other free agents. … The Seahawks and Chiefs have failed in their attempts to get Manning to visit their facilities and are no longer considered contenders for the quarterback, sources said.”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune says Manning has not declined an invitation to visit the Seahawks: “Contrary to an earlier report by the Denver Post, a team source with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Peyton Manning has not declined an invitation to visit with the Seattle Seahawks, which means the door remains open that the future Hall of Famer could expand his trips to include a possible visit to Seattle.”
Peter King at SI.com was in Phoenix, and leads his “Monday Morning Quarterback” with the obvious: “(Manning) doesn’t have long to play. A year, two, three, maybe four at the outside. You get the feeling he knows if he only has a season or two, he wants to be somewhere that gives him the best chance right away to get to the Super Bowl. That said, I wouldn’t expect a decision by Manning before Wednesday.”
Despite Manning reportedly narrowing the field of teams he’ll sign with to two, Michael Lombardi at NFL.com looks at all 31 teams as far as their interest in the former Colts QB. He lumps the Seahawks into the “we were all-in for Manning category”: “These teams are easy to determine and have openly expressed their love for Manning. These teams know Manning would help them win and is better than anyone they could put on the field. Not all these teams have an equal chance, so some might pull out quickly once they realize they cannot acquire Manning. No team wants to be embarrassed in its pursuit, so some might only go all-in if they sense they can actually win.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald says the Seahawks should make a run at Manning: “Preposterous you say? Probably. But so is the idea that a four-time MVP, one of the greatest quarterbacks of his or any other era, is available as an unrestricted free agent. Yet there Manning is, a risky but potentially franchise-changing player, ready to be snapped up by a team willing to shell out some big money and trust in a surgically fused neck.” Bottom line, however: It sounds like they might not even get the opportunity to make their pitch.
Two former Seahawks were in the news Saturday, when the Vikings released All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson and the Falcons signed former Pro Bowl middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu. Mike Sando at ESPN.com revisits their time in Seattle: “Both players earned Pro Bowl honors with Seattle when the team made its lone Super Bowl appearance following the 2005 season. Tatupu’s health was a primary factor in his absence from the NFL last season. Knee and concussion problems slowed the linebacker during his time with Seattle, affecting his play and leading the Seahawks to release him before the 2011 season. Hutchinson was in his prime when the Seahawks lost him to the Vikings six years ago in one of the more dubious episodes in team history. The team hoped using the transition tag on Hutchinson following the 2005 season would spur the sides to a long-term agreement. Instead, Hutchinson’s agent, Tom Condon, worked with the Vikings to craft a contract the Seahawks could not match without guaranteeing all $49 million of the deal. The so-called poison pills inserted into that contract stirred controversy and hard feelings while exposing the Seahawks to harsh criticism, even though few foresaw the poison-pill route as a threat.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of looks at free agents expected to hit the market on Tuesday with the receivers, offensive linemen and defensive backs. The team added players at these positions last year by signing tight end Zach Miller and guard Robert Gallery from the Raiders, wide receiver Sidney Rice from the Vikings and cornerback Brandon Browner from the CFL.
Steve Wyche at NFL.com breaks down the big trade between the Redskins and Rams for the No. 2 spot in April’s NFL Draft: “The Redskins quickly realized they wouldn’t be in the running for Manning. So they ponied up the picks to get up to No. 2 in order to draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Rams, by sliding back to No. 6, will still get a big-time prospect, plus, have two high second-round picks to add to a roster lean on impact players – and let’s not forget the two first-rounders the next two years.”