The Seahawks have traded linebacker Barrett Ruud to the Saints for an undisclosed draft choice and also waived/injured defensive end Dexter Davis, the team announced this afternoon.
Ruud was signed as an unrestricted free agent in April and expected to compete with rookie Bobby Wagner for the starting middle linebacker job that opened when David Hawthorne jumped to the Saints in free agency. It was an injury to Hawthorne that prompted the Saints interest in Ruud, who became available because Wagner has played well while working with the No. 1 defense.
Davis injured a hip in Saturday night’s game against the Broncos in Denver. If he clears waivers, he will be added to the Seahawks’ injured reserve list.
To fill his spot on the 90-man roster, Donny Lisowski was re-signed. The cornerback from Montana and Seattle’s O’Dea High School was originally signed on May 15, but then released on Aug. 7 when wide receiver Terrell Owens was signed.
The Seahawks’ offseason program is down to the last players standing: The rookie free agents.
The team’s 10 draft choices completed their offseason work today. Saturday, they head to Ohio for the four-day NFL Rookie Symposium, which starts on Sunday for the NFC players. Then they’re off until training camp start in late July. The veterans called it a wrap after the final practice in last week’s minicamp.
So Monday, the only group left for the final three days in the offseason program at Virginia Mason Athletic Center will be the rookies who have been added since the draft. Seven were signed just after the draft – wide receivers Phil Bates, Jermaine Kearse and Lavasier Tuinei; guard Rishaw Johnson, tight end Sean McGrath, safety DeShawn Shead and kicker Carson Wiggs. Two others were signed after tryouts in minicamps – cornerback Donny Lisowski and linebacker Kyle Knox. One – defensive end Cordarro Law – was signed between the draft in April and the rookie minicamp in May.
“It’s a learning experience in itself, just learning how to be a pro,” Bates said of watching the numbers diminish. “It’s pretty good, because I’ve learned a lot this week.”
And he has done it from the front of the line – rather than back, as was the case when the veterans were around.
“You take the stuff you learned while the vets were here and now you’re working it on by yourself and trying to master your craft,” Bates said. “I’m enjoying it. I’m enjoying it a lot.”
Even with the vets gone, third-round draft choice Russell Wilson has been around to throw to Bates, Tuinei and McGrath (Kearse is sidelined with a foot injury). But Wilson is off to the symposium, so the rookie QB won’t be around next week.
“I’ve got the Jugs machine,” Bates said with a smile. “So that will help me out. I’m going to miss Russell, of course. But I’ve got the Jugs machine.”
A recap of the activities on the third – and final – day of the Seahawks’ Bing minicamp:
Quarterbacks. After the team’s last practice before training camp opens in late July, reporters had one last chance to ask coach Pete Carroll about the three-armed race for the starting job at the pivotal position.
The best way to continue summing up the situation? To be continued.
“It’s going to take us until we start playing games to see something happen,” Carroll said, referring to the preseason schedule that begins Aug. 11 with a game against the Titans at CenturyLink Field.
“At this point, they’re doing everything they can do with the opportunity. And they look good. So I can’t tell you that there’s anything that’s happened, other than we’ll stay with the same format going into camp.”
That means a rotation involving incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson, free-agent addition Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson – in that order, just as it has been since Wilson threw himself in the competition during the rookie minicamp last month.
Today, it was Wilson’s turn to run the No. 1 offense, after Jackson did it on Tuesday and Flynn had his turn on Wednesday.
Carroll wouldn’t say that he’ll stick with the daily rotation plan, but he did offer, “It’s worked out OK to give them an even shot. That’s the point, is to really make it as evenly competitive as we possibly can. We’ve done that to this point.”
DONNY ON THE SPOT
In a practice filled with impressive plays, none was better than the interception turned in by Donny Lisowski. The rookie cornerback from Montana and Seattle’s O’Dea High School tipped a Flynn pass that was intended for wide receiver Ricardo Lockette near the goal line and then controlled the carom as he was falling to the turf.
“It was press coverage and our No. 1 rule is to stay on top,” said Lisowski, who was signed after getting a tryout at the rookie minicamp. “I stayed on my man after 15 yards. I knew he wasn’t running a comeback, so I turned my head and just made a play on the ball.
“I was just going for the knockdown and I ended up tipping the ball straight up to myself.”
Lisowski’s heads-up play was greeted by hoots and hollers from the No. 1 defense.
Among the other notable efforts: on back-to-back plays, rookie defensive end Cordarro Law got to running back Vai Taua for a 2-yard loss and then produced a rush on third down that forced the play to be whistled dead as a sack; rookie kicker Carson Wiggs drilling a 47-yard field goal; tight end Kellen Winslow flashing open over the middle and then going up to make nice grab of a pass from Flynn; Wilson threading a pass between a pair of defenders to Winslow; Jackson and Winslow hooking up on a 23-yard completion; defensive lineman Pep Levingston tipping a pass incomplete; and cornerback Richard Sherman intercepting a Wilson pass that was intended for wide receiver Kris Durham.
WOOFIN’ ’N BARKIN’
After Winslow made the first of his trio of catches, the veteran tight end had a few choice words for the rest of the defense that was standing along the sideline as he made his way back to the huddle.
“It’s amazing. He’s definitely brought a different element out there,” Sherman said. “And I think we appreciate it on defense. He makes it real lively out there. When he makes a catch you can hear him. We finally have somebody to go back (and forth) with, because sometimes we’re kind of going back with ourselves – it’s kind of one-sided.
“They’ll make a catch, then there’ll be a little bit of talk. But it won’t be the kind like we’re doing. But Kellen, we’ll bring some of the trash. … He plays with a lot of swagger, and I like that. I like his style of play.”
Carroll said second-year offensive lineman James Carpenter is the only player among the 11 who didn’t practice during this minicamp who is likely to remain sidelined when training camp opens.
“I don’t think he’s going to make it for the start of camp,” Carroll said of Carpenter, who had season-ending knee surgery nine games into his rookie season. “We’re not going to push him for that. That’s not important to us. We want to get him back when he’s right. He’s making good progress at this time. But it will be somewhere down the road from there.”
Third-year cornerback Walter Thurmond “has a chance,” Carroll said, to be ready for the start of camp. Thurmond remains sidelined because of the leg he broke in late October.
THE NORTON AFFECT
Carroll might wield the whistle that controls practice, but the voice that often serves as the metronome for practice belongs to linebackers coach Ken Norton as he praises and also prods “his” players as well as those from other position groups.
Brian Banks, the story-unto-himself linebacker who’s at this camp on a tryout basis, is getting his first taste of the Norton Affect.
“I was waiting for that,” Banks said when asked how it felt to have his position coach, well, yelling at him. “I don’t want anybody to take it easy on me out here. I know I have a lot of work to do and if that’s what’s required, then definitely give it to me. I’m ready for it.”
Banks not only had heard of Norton, he arrived for his workout last week that led to this week’s tryout holding the former Pro Bowl linebacker in the highest regard.
“I’ve heard of his coaching style,” Banks said. “It wasn’t until that day of the tryout that I was on the way up here with one of the (scouts) and he was like, ‘I want to let you know, coach Norton, he’s no joke,’ ” said Banks, smiling. “But you know what? I like that intensity. I like that style of coaching.
“If it’s not right, tell me it’s not right. And if it needs fixing, tell me it needs fixing and let’s fit it together. We’ll get it done. I appreciate that.”
THIS ’N THAT
Former Seahawks and University of Washington safety Lawyer Milloy watched practice from the sideline. … Carroll said no decisions have been made on the six players who attended this camp on a tryout basis, including Banks and veteran wide receiver Antonio Bryant. … Former CFL offensive lineman Edawn Coughman was added to that group today. … Practice ended with two linemen attempting PAT-range field goals. Rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin made his; veteran offensive guard Deuce Lutui did not.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I’m not scared to face anybody.” – Sherman, laughing, when asked which of the three QBs he was most “scared” to face
Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 24:
Forget the 2012 season, at ESPN.com they’re taking a look at how the NFL will stack up in 2015. The feature includes input from Trent Dilfer, Mel Kiper, Gary Horton and Matt Williams, but because it’s an Insiders offer registration and a fee is required. But here’s what they say about the Seahawks, who are sitting at No. 21 in the first power rankings for the 2015 season: “Roster: Pete Carroll has turned this roster over more than any other team in the NFL trying to find the right mix of players. As a result, they are at the top of the NFL in terms of youth, which bodes well for the future. They have a solid nucleus to build around along the offensive line with LT Russell Okung, OG John Moffitt and C Max Unger. On defense, they have young talent sprinkled in on all three levels. Their depth is also very promising. This looks like a team that could be good for a while. – Horton
“Quarterback: The Seahawks’ QB situation could be effectively described as “hopeful.” If Flynn is what he showed in brief opportunities in Green Bay, Seattle is a contender because the roster is well-constructed elsewhere. If he isn’t, then do you hope Russell Wilson is the answer? – Dilfer
“Draft: They’re fuzzy on board value, but Seattle has hit on picks, including some late-round steals such as CB Richard Sherman and SS Kam Chancellor. They’ll be motivated to make sure surprise pick DE Bruce Irvin becomes a star in this system. – Kiper
“Front office: Led by Carroll and GM John Schneider, this is an aggressive group unafraid to make player moves and turn over this roster. This group will do whatever it takes to improve its personnel. – Horton
“Coaching: The turnover in the team roster has been mirrored in the coaching staff during in the first years of Carroll’s tenure. But they now seem to be more comfortable under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, as he starts the second year. There is a little more stability on defense, with which Carroll is deeply involved, and he seems to trust coordinator Gus Bradley. Still, this is not a place where you can rest on your laurels because Carroll will always be willing to make changes and shake things up. – Horton”
Also at ESPN.com, Mike Sando looks at the numbers just-acquired tight end Kellen Winslow was able to put up in Tampa: “Kellen Winslow put together another solid stat line for Tampa Bay last season with 75 receptions, the fourth time in six seasons he had hit that mark. Winslow, acquired by the Seahawks on Monday, would shatter single-season team records for tight ends if he approached those numbers in 2012.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we take a quick look at Winslow’s first practice with the Seahawks: “Kellen Winslow’s first practice as a Seahawk began with a hearty welcome from offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell as the tight end who was acquired Monday in a trade with the Buccaneers joined his new team for today’s OTA session. Before it was over, Winslow had even caught a couple of passes in the windblown one-hour, 45-minute practice along the shores of Lake Washington at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.”
We also check in with cornerback Donny Lisowski, a product of Seattle’s O’Dea High School who was signed after a tryout during the team’s rookie minicamp: “Donny Lisowski has had several pinch-me moments in his brief stay with the Seahawks. Like finding himself in the same locker room and meeting room with veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant, a player Lisowski tried to pattern his game after while attending Seattle’s O’Dea High School. ‘I’ve always watched the Seahawks, since I was a little kid,’ Lisowski said Wednesday after the team’s OTA practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. ‘I’ve watched some of the players (in this locker room) to learn how to do my press technique.’ Right on cue, Trufant walked by. Cracking a huge smile, Lisowski offered, ‘That’s exactly who I watched. And now I’m sitting next to him in meetings learning great technique and trying to get better every day. It’s awesome.’ ”
Brian McIntyre at NFL.com has coach Pete Carroll’s explanation of why the Seahawks won’t be on “Hard Knocks,” comments taken from Carroll’s appearance with Gas and Elise on 950 KJR: “ ‘It came up awhile back. They put out their feelers on this deal. This is something that I’m just not interested in and John (Schneider) isn’t either and we both see eye-to-eye on that one. So when it came up again here, it was real clear that we didn’t want to do that. I think we’d be a great candidate for it. I think they’d have fun watching us and all that, and we’d put on a good little show for ‘em, but that’s not what we’re here to do. We’re here to put together a great team and win football games. We’re not here to entertain somebody on a TV show; we’re here to win games on Sundays. So, that just doesn’t fit into the mentality and the philosophy. It’s an exciting, fun show, and it’s fun to watch other guys. They ain’t gonna see us, that’s all.’ “
In this video report, 710 ESPN’s Brock Huard says the Seahawks’ QB job is Matt Flynn’s to lose: “Russell Wilson has been front and center the last month, from being drafted in the third round to forcing his way into the team’s quarterback competition after his impressive showing during a rookie minicamp. For anyone forgetting about the other quarterback the Seahawks added over the offseason, Brock Huard has this to say: Matt Flynn is still the favorite to be Seattle’s starting quarterback.”
Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 17:
Earl Thomas cracked the NFL Networks’ Top 100 players, as the Seahawks Pro Bowl free safety checked in at No. 66. You can watch the video here.
Mike Sando at ESPN.com dips into his mailbag to answer several questions of rookie QB Russell Wilson, including one about his ability to “throw receivers open”: “That term reflects a quarterback’s ability to complete passes to covered receivers by leading them to spots where the reception can be made. Quarterbacks with the ability to anticipate where a receiver might come open have advantages over those more comfortable throwing to receivers only after they’ve gotten open.”
Also from Sando, a look at some former second-round draft choices in the NFC West, including the Seahawks’ Golden Tate: “Tate started five games and dropped no passes last season. The Seahawks think Tate might be turning a corner after a rough start to his career. This is a pivotal season for Tate.”
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com also looks at Wilson while reviewing the Seahawks’ draft at CBSSports.com: “I attended the Seahawks’ rookie mini-camp last weekend. Wilson was every bit the poised, accurate passer I expected. Following the conclusion of the mini-camp, Carroll acknowledged Wilson’s impressive performance by announcing that the rookie would be competing with newly signed free agent addition Matt Flynn and incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson to lead the Seahawks next season. The announcement may have been a surprise to the national media but it wasn’t to the scouts or spectators who watched Wilson throughout the weekend. It might be too much to expect Wilson to wrestle away the starting job immediately. Don’t be surprised at all though when he plays very well in the preseason.”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune takes a closer look at Donny Lisowski, who was added to the 90-man roster after his impressive efforts as a tryout player at the rookie minicamp: “He wasn’t even a regular starter during his final season at the University of Montana. But blessed with elite speed and a good work ethic, Donny Lisowski showed Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll enough during the team’s rookie minicamp last week as one of 34 invited tryout players to earn a three-year contract. ‘It’s something I always dreamed of,’ said the Seattle native and former O’Dea High star about the chance to play at CenturyLink Field. ‘There’s nothing like playing in your hometown in front everyone you grew up with. I like Coach Carroll. I like his philosophy and the whole coaching staff. I feel like it’s a really good fit for me. I like the players, too.’ ”
Brady Henderson passes along highlights from Matt Flynn’s interview on 710 ESPN, including his thoughts on Marshawn Lynch: “Flynn called Lynch a “pretty fun guy” and said they’ve spent some time together at the facility in recent weeks. Flynn was asked whether he’s had any unusual encounters with his new teammate. ‘No. He calls me Antonio, though, for some reason,’ Flynn said. Antonio? ‘I don’t know. I’m in the locker room and I’ll hear him yell from across the way, he just yells ‘Antonio!’ So, I don’t know,’ Flynn said, sounding equally puzzled and amused. ‘I guess I’m Antonio to him.’ Why does Lynch do that? Good question. Flynn asked him, and he still isn’t sure. ‘I did, and he didn’t really have a good explanation,’ Flynn said. ‘He just said I look like an Antonio to him. Next time (he’s) on you’ve got to try to get an explanation for me.’ “
Nate Davis at USA Today passes out offseason grades for the NFC West and gives the Seahawks a B-minus: “They seemed to answer their question under center by signing QB Matt Flynn. Yet by taking Russell Wilson in Round 3 of the draft and hanging onto Tarvaris Jackson, Pete Carroll and Co. have created a three-way race at the position. From an outsider’s point of view, that could breed chaos, but Seattle brass preaches competition on every level of the roster. The draft also brought West Virginia pass rusher Bruce Irvin with the 15th pick, one the Seahawks clearly love even as draftniks accuse GM John Schneider of overreaching. Second-round LB Bobby Wagner could start right away while RB Robert Turbin looks like a jackhammer that could prevent Marshawn Lynch from wearing down. Speaking of Lynch and massive DE Red Bryant, Schneider did prevent two key players from escaping during free agency while adding some useful parts with DT Jason Jones, LB Barrett Ruud and G Deuce Lutui. The O-line could be shaky with G Robert Gallery released while LT Russell Okung, RT James Carpenter and RG John Moffitt all try to come back from season-ending injuries. WRs Sidney Rice and Mike Williams must get healthy and step up their performance.”
Rivers McCown of Football Outsiders offers post-draft needs for the NFC West teams at ESPN.com. This Outsiders’ offering is an Insiders’ feature, so it requires registration and a fee. But here’s what he has to say about the Seahawks: “The Seahawks, like the Rams, worked hard on addressing their issues this offseason. Pass rush was a problem behind Chris Clemons, so Seattle brought in West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin with their first-round pick. The Tarvaris Jackson/Charlie Whitehurst combo held the Seahawks’ offense back in 2011, but general manager John Schneider brought in a pair of solutions to remedy that. Green Bay backup Matt Flynn will presumably keep the seat warm, and Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, who had such an amazing Lewin Career Forecast projection that we had to mention him with an asterisk, will be groomed for the long-term role. To make the jump to an elite offense, though, the Seahawks will need some better blocking from their offensive line. They have a quartet of highly drafted players slated to start in Russell Okung, Max Unger, James Carpenter and John Moffitt. Despite that, they finished 24th in Adjusted Sack Rate and 19th in Adjusted Line Yards. There were certainly high points on the line, but as a whole it was still a bit inconsistent. Carpenter, in particular, did not show enough in the eyes of our offensive line guru, Ben Muth. Additionally, they released Robert Gallery this offseason, and the left guard spot is currently slated to be a competition between career backup Paul McQuistan, Bears castoff Frank Omiyale and Cardinals washout Deuce Lutui. The Seahawks have done much to make themselves a threat to San Francisco this offseason, but just how far they’ll ultimately go this year probably depends solely on what they get out of their offensive line.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at just how special Heath Farwell was on special teams last season: “But as Farwell as shown in his career, it takes more than just speed to be successful on special teams. He came to the Seahawks at midseason last year after five seasons in Minnesota, where he had 113 coverage tackles to tie for fourth on the Vikings’ all-time list. He led the Vikings in special teams tackles in 2010 (19), 2009 (24), 2007 (32) and 2006 (25), and was voted to the Pro Bowl as the NFC special teams player in 2009. ‘It’s the want to make the plays and the want to make the tackles. It’s the effort,’ a reluctant Farwell offered when asked the secret to his success. ‘I don’t know, it’s just something I work at. And I pride myself on it, and outworking everybody and making sure I put more time in than everybody else.’ ”
We also take a look at how Jeremy Lane’s opportunistic efforts at the most opportune times led to the cornerback from Northwestern State being selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft: “On one of the first snaps in the Seahawks’ weekend rookie minicamp, Jeremy Lane read the play, broke on the ball and tipped the pass. A few plays later, he got his hand on another pass and almost intercepted it. Right on cue for the cornerback from Northwestern State in Louisiana, who has worked his way into the NFL by seizing the opportunity at the most opportune times. The 6-foot, 190-pound Lane was available to the Seahawks in the sixth round of the NFL Draft – and with the 172nd pick overall – because he was only a one-year starter for the school of less than 10,000 students in Natchitoches. But to understand why the Seahawks, among other teams, were interested it helps to look at how Lane has performed on his largest stages. Like in the Demons’ game against eventual national runner-up LSU last September, when Lane had nine tackles, a sack and an interception in the 49-3 loss. ‘I was very motivated,’ Lane recalled. ‘That was my chance to show the world that I could hang with the big boys. I knew that was my chance to take a shot and show everybody what I could do. When the time came, I believe I stepped up and did it.’ ”
Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 16:
Mike Sando at ESPN.com checks in with George Koonce, who spent one of his nine seasons in the NFL with the Seahawks, and he has quite a tale to tell: “I had a wonderful wife, beautiful children, money in the bank and a Super Bowl ring back on that day in 2003 when my post-NFL transition took my Chevy Suburban around a 25-mph corner at three times the posted speed. Whatever happened that day was going to happen. I didn’t really care. By the grace of God, I survived what was, in retrospect, a suicide attempt. But paramedics weren’t going to cart me off. No chance. The football tough guy in me refused to get into that ambulance. My wife, Tunisia, drove me to the hospital and saved my life with words, not medicine. ‘George,’ she said, ‘I don’t understand what you are going through, but I sympathize. We cannot reinvent who you are, but we can redefine who you are.’ ”
Also from Sando, a look at the addition of Alex Barron: “Barron gives the Seahawks seven offensive linemen drafted by other teams. That includes choices from every round but the sixth (and two from the fifth).”
And still more from Sando, a look at the team’s “pressure point”: “Tarvaris Jackson earned the respect of his Seahawks teammates by playing through much of the 2011 with a torn pectoral muscle on his right side. Jackson never complained or made excuses. The injury made it tougher for Jackson to take hold of the starting job for the long term. The Seahawks’ inability to make key plays in critical moments left them with a 7-9 record and kept them in the market for help at the position.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald also looks at Tuesday’s addition of Barron: “Barron, a former first-round pick who played at Florida State, hoped that his NFC West tour would come to an end at that Seahawks minicamp, and for now anyway, it has. Barron and three other players who tried out last weekend have agreed to terms on contracts with Seattle. ‘I haven’t gone to Arizona and I don’t plan on going to Arizona,’ Barron said. ‘I’d be fine being home right here.’ A contract in May is hardly a guarantee of a job come September, but it is at least a step in the right direction for Barron, who missed all of last season with a knee injury.”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at the crowded situation on the offensive line now that Barron has agreed to contract terms: “At 6-foot-8 and 318 pounds, Barron is long and athletic – he held his own against speedy rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin over the weekend – but has had issues with penalties over his seven-year career. Barron has been flagged 17 times – 14 of them accepted – in his past 17 games started. Barron will compete with Frank Omiyale, Paul Fanaika, Allen Barbre and Mitchell for the backup offensive tackle job behind starters Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini. Last year’s first-round pick, James Carpenter, is still recovering from knee surgery. Seattle now has 15 offensive linemen on the team’s 90-man roster.”
Also at the News Tribune, Dave Boling offers his impressions from the weekend minicamp: “Of the other draft picks, running back Robert Turbin shows a nice burst, and linebackers Bobby Wagner and Korey Toomer are both impressive athletes who flow to the play. Defensive linemen Jaye Howard and Greg Scruggs both are big guys who are lean and have pass-rushing potential.”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times also looks at Tuesday’s additions, but focuses on Donny Lisowski: “Lisowski graduated from O’Dea High School in 2008. He played quarterback and defensive back, wrestled and ran track. Lisowski’s speed impressed coach Pete Carroll, who singled him out Sunday after the last of the three practices at the minicamp. ‘He was all over the place out here,’ Carroll said.
Elliott Harrison at NFL.com looks at the QB competitions in the league, including the Seahawks: “Unless (Tarvaris) Jackson plays out of his freaking mind, the odds-on favorite appears to be (Matt Flynn) the former Green Bay Packers backup, who has thrown nine touchdowns and compiled a 123.0 passer rating in two career starts. The other possibility would be to keep them both with the expectation that this is a playoff team in need of two vets. It’s just going to cost GM John Schneider a healthy chunk of change. Don’t forget third-round pick Russell Wilson, who the Seahawks reportedly think can compete, too. The smart money says that’s a year away.”
Also at NFL.com, in his latest “Pick Six,” Adam Rank looks at the best defensive nicknames in league history. The Seahawks aren’t included, but it’s worth a read anyway: “It might be hypocritical to list the Fearsome Foursome after the nickname was used to describe other units (don’t act like you knew that). But the Fearsome Foursome is synonymous with the Los Angeles Rams of the 1960s, which featured Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy. Easily the best nickname ever applied to a defensive unit.”
Jason Smith at NFL.com has a photo essay on the best rookie seasons by team, and the Seahawks are included: “Try as I might, I can’t make the argument for Kenny Easley’s 1981 rookie season over Curt Warner’s in 1983. Easley was the defensive rookie of the year, but Warner amassed 1,449 rush yards and 13 touchdowns. He had a pretty good career, with four 1,000-yard seasons, but he goes down as the guy everyone mistakenly called for interviews trying to reach the other Kurt Warner.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we have not only the word that Barron has agreed, but a look at his participation in the offseason program: “ ‘I just wanted to get somewhere,’ Barron said. ‘I’m pretty confident in my play. I’ve made some mistakes in the past, also. But I’ve gotten to the point where after last season, and coming into the offseason as a free agent, all I want to do is come in and just show that I can play. Because it can’t be talked about, it always has to be shown.’ ”
We’ve also got a look at the winding road that led fifth-round draft choice Korey Toomer to the Seahawks: “Korey Toomer has followed a meandering path to the NFL. But now that he’s here, as the Seahawks’ fifth-round draft choice, the rookie linebacker from Idaho is not only making up for lost time, he’s doing it in a blur. At the rookie minicamp over the weekend, and again in the offseason program workouts this week, the one thing that has stood out about Toomer is that he does everything fast. ‘The dude can run, no question about it,’ veteran linebacker Leroy Hill said on Tuesday, shaking his head. Toomer, in fact, ran himself right into being draft by the Seahawks – even though the team already had selected pass-rushing end Bruce Irvin in the first round and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner in the second round.”
The Pro Football Hall of Fame website has the word on Cortez Kennedy dominating items as his Aug. 4 induction draws closer: “Included in the prized gift were Kennedy’s 1993 Pro Bowl jersey, a pair of well-worn shoulder pads and a pair of cleats from his NFL career that spanned from 1990-2000.”
Veteran tackle Alex Barron, a former first-round draft choice of the Rams, has agreed to contract terms with the Seahawks.
The 6-foot-7, 320-pound Barron participated in the team’s rookie minicamp over the weekend on a tryout basis. He started 74 games in five seasons with the Rams after being the 19th pick overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. After being traded to Dallas in 2010, he made one start for the Cowboys. Barron signed with the Saints last year, but sat out the season after being placed on injured reserve in August with a knee problem and then released in October.
“This is real good, especially when you consider that I had to sit out all of last year on injured reserve,” Barron said today after participating in the team’s offseason program workout. “But I’m over that now and moving forward. I’m here to help the team the best way I can.”
The club also reached agreements with two other tryout players from the weekend minicamp – cornerback Donny Lisowski, who went to Seattle’s O’Dea High School and then Montana; and Cooper Helfet, a 6-3, 239-pound tight end from Duke. Also added was Andrew Mitchell, a 6-5, 308-pound tackle who signed with the Bengals after the 2010 draft. He suffered a knee injury in a preseason game that August and spent the season on IR. Mitchell also missed last season.
To clear spots on the 90-man roster, linebacker Adrian Moten, offensive lineman Brent Osborne, cornerback London Durham and tackle Jon Opperud were released. Moten played in two games last season after being signed off the practice squad, while Osborne spent the season on the practice squad. Durham and Opperud were signed as free agents last month after the draft.
Coach Pete Carroll was impressed with the 5-11, 185-pound Lisowski during the weekend minicamp.
“He was all over the place out here,” Carroll said on Sunday. “I had no (idea about him), other than he ran extremely fast when he showed up for a workout day. And then he went out there and made a bunch of plays. So I was really fired up about him.”