Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, March 21:
Coach Pete Carroll did an interview with 710 ESPN yesterday and discussed free-agent middle linebacker David Hawthorne: “ ‘We love what David gave to us and brought to us,’ Carroll said. ‘This is free agency time, and, man, it can get hard.’ “
Not everyone was in all on Matt Flynn yesterday. Chris Burke at SI.com says the Seahawks went back to the future in acquiring the backup QB from the Packers: “Coming off a disappointing season in which they finished under .500 and missed the playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in need of a starting quarterback. So they turned their attention to Green Bay, where a talented backup was stuck behind an entrenched starter. This all happened 11 years ago, of course, when Seattle pulled the trigger on a trade to snatch Matt Hasselbeck from Green Bay.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at why Carroll had a reason to smile even before the team got agreements over the weekend from Matt Flynn and Jason Jones: “ ‘Free agency for us was to get our own guys – that was the start of it,’ Carroll on Monday. And it started with the top two priorities: Retaining leading rusher Marshawn Lynch, without using the franchise tag; and getting an agreement with run-stuffing, kick-blocking defensive end Red Bryant before he could test the free-agent market. Check, and check. And check out what else Carroll, general manager John Schneider and vice president of football administration/salary cap guru/lead negotiator John Idzik were able to do before dipping into the pool of free agents from other teams. The club also reached agreements with Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson, versatile and valuable offensive linemen Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan; and linebacker/special teams standout Heath Farwell, who led the NFL in coverage tackles last season. ‘The fact that we were able to do that with Marshawn and come back with Red, Mike Robinson and on down the line, this has been really important to us,’ Carroll said.”
Mike Sando takes a look at the free agents who have visited each of the teams in the NFC West, including the Seahawks.
Jason La Canfora at NFL.com continues to track all the free agent activity around the league and you can follow along here.
It’s not all about free agency at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. The Seahawks also continue to prepare for the NFL Draft next month. Peter Schrager at FoxSports.com has a new mock draft this morning and he gives the Seahawks South Carolina DE/OLB Melvin Ingram with the 12th pick: “I loved the quiet re-signing of Red Bryant, one of the most underrated producers in the game, and picking up Jason Jones for one year was a “no-lose” move. Ingram solidified himself as a Top 20 pick with a dominant week of Senior Bowl practices in Mobile. Capable of playing either the outside linebacker or defensive end spot, he’s a pass-rushing force who can cover tight ends in the passing game, too. The Matt Flynn signing will steal all the headlines, but I love what Seattle’s doing with its D.”