Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, March 15:
Day Two of free agency for the Seahawks was all about guards, as the team released Robert Gallery, reached agreement on terms with Paul McQuistan and hosted Steve Hutchinson.
Eric Williams at the News Tribune wraps up the situation: “The metamorphosis of the Seattle Seahawks’ offensive line – one of the youngest starting units in the league – continued during the second day of NFL free agency. The Seahawks announced the release of 31-year-old guard Robert Gallery, who limped though his only season in Seattle. Seattle also re-signed versatile offensive lineman Paul McQuistan to undisclosed terms. And the Seahawks hosted a familiar face – and Gallery’s possible replacement – on Wednesday in former left guard Steve Hutchinson.”
The Seahawks also lost tight end John Carlson, who agreed to terms with the Vikings. Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times has the details: “Tight end John Carlson is leaving the Seahawks, having agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with the Vikings. Carlson was Seattle’s second-round pick in 2008, and in his first two seasons with the Seahawks he twice had more receptions than any tight end in franchise history.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald also has a recap of the Seahawks’ activities: “It probably doesn’t hurt that Hutchinson, a seven-time Pro Bowler, has almost no remaining ties to the organization he left six years ago. The entire front office and coaching staff have been turned over, meaning there shouldn’t be any remaining hostility, and it should also help Seattle’s chances that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spent five seasons in Minnesota with Hutchinson.”
And Curtis Crabtree at KJR also wraps things up: “So how likely is a Hutchinson return to Seattle? According to columnist Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, very much so. Farmer said on his twitter account Monday that he expected Hutchinson to return to Seattle. He added to that statement after news of Hutchinson’s visit to Seattle came out on Wednesday. ‘As I wrote Monday, unless somebody blows away the Seahawks’ offer, Steve Hutchinson is going back to Seattle.’ “
Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers thoughts on the NFC West from Day Two of free agency: “Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne plans to visit New Orleans. The Saints should know him well. Hawthorne had a combined 21 tackles and one interception against New Orleans in two games during the 2010 season (one in postseason). He faced the Rams six times when new Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was head coach in St. Louis. Hawthorne is an NFL success story as an undrafted free-agent-turned-starter. Seattle needs help at linebacker whether or not Hawthorne returns. K.J. Wright can move from the strong side to the middle if needed.”
Jason La Canfora at NFL.com continues to monitor the activity around the league, and you can follow along here. He’s got the word on former Dolphins QB Chad Henne agreeing with the Jaguars. Henne had been scheduled to visit the Seahawks.