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On the date: Steve Hutchinson given transition tag

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A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 23:

2005: Tim Ruskell is named president of football operations. In the first draft under Ruskell, the Seahawks would select linebackers Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill.

2006: Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson is given the transition tag rather than the franchise tag, a move that leads to him signing an offer sheet with the Vikings that the Seahawks decline to match. Hutchinson, the most-highly decorated guard in franchise history, had been voted to the Pro Bowl for three consecutive seasons (2003-05) and named All-Pro in 2003 and 2005.


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On this date: Hutchinson ‘tagged’

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 23:

2005: Tim Ruskell is named president of football operations. In their first draft under Ruskell, the Seahawks would select linebackers Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill.

2006: Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson is given the transition tag, a move that leads to him signing an offer sheet with the Vikings that the Seahawks decline to match.


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Friday cyber surfing: A Pro Bowl quintet?

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Jan. 20:

The big news yesterday was Michael Robinson being added to the NFC Pro Bowl team, joining Earl Thomas. But Mike Sando at ESPN.com points out that three more Seahawks also could be headed to Hawaii if the 49ers win the NFC Championship Game on Sunday: “We should expect (Marshawn) Lynch to join Robinson on the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster if the 49ers advance to the Super Bowl. … A 49ers victory Sunday would also send Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner and strong safety Kam Chancellor to the Pro Bowl as alternates. Browner would replace the 49ers’ Carlos Rogers. Chancellor would replace the 49ers’ Dashon Goldson.

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times has the word on Robinson replacing an injured John Kuhn in the Pro Bowl: “Robinson has played two seasons with the Seahawks, signing after the 49ers released him before the 2010 season. He was one of five Seahawks named a Pro Bowl alternate, a list that includes cornerback Brandon Browner, strong safety Kam Chancellor, running back Marshawn Lynch and punter Jon Ryan.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald gets into what makes Robinson a Pro Bowl-caliber player, through the eyes of Lynch: “ ‘We built the identity of the team through a fullback,’ he said. ‘That just goes to everything he does and brings to the team as far as his run blocking and his leadership in the huddle.’ “

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at how Robinson’s Pro Bowl trip is just the latest achievement in his breakthrough season: “Prior to the season, he was voted a special teams co-captain. After the team struggled to a 2-6 start, Robinson helped shove the running game into a much more productive gear, as the Seahawks averaged 134.9 yards in the final nine games compared to 77.7 in the first seven. Individually, Robinson scored the first receiving touchdown of his career, returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, finished tied for third with 10 coverage tackles on special teams and forced a fumble that set up a touchdown. But mostly, Robinson helped Lynch do his Beast Mode thing by throwing his 6-foot-1, 223-pound body into much larger linebackers – including the Ravens’ Ray Lewis, the 49ers’ Patrick Willis, the Redskins’ London Fletcher and the Bears’ Brian Urlacher. ‘He doesn’t have this on his jersey for no reason,’ Lynch said, pointing to the captain’s patch on Robinson’s jersey.”

Speaking of Lynch, you can vote here for his TD run that ended in a shower of Skittles as NFL play of the year.

The Associated Press, via NFL.com, says former Seahawks executive Tim Ruskell has been interviewed for the Bears’ general manager position: “The Bears are looking to replace Jerry Angelo, who was fired after the Bears finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. Ruskell served as the Seahawks’ general manager from 2005 to 2009 before being hired by Chicago in April 2010.”

For a look at Sunday’s conference championship games, there’s Clark Judge’s “Peek at the Week” at CBSSports.com; and John Clayton’s “First and Goal” at ESPN.com.


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Hot stuff? It’s all relative

2009 Training Camp

How hot is it? Not all that hot, according to Tim Ruskell.

The Seahawks president was asked Thursday about the record-breaking heat that has wilted the region in recent days as the team prepares for the start of training camp practices on Friday. Read more »


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