Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks:
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has the latest on Matt Hasselbeck, including a link to a report from 710 ESPN’s Liz Matthews that the unsigned quarterback does have a playbook – he got it from teammates, who got them from new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell during the brief break in what is now the longest work stoppage in NFL history. Hasselbeck also has been throwing to running back Justin Forsett and tight end John Carlson.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com weighs in on the safeties selected in the NFL Draft, and how they might fit with their new teams. He had this to say about Mark LeGree, the Seahawks’ fifth-round pick: “LeGree, a free safety at Appalachian State, could be asked to play a hybrid safety in Pete Carroll’s scheme as the Seahawks used the No. 14 overall pick last year on another free safety – Earl Thomas – and loved his playmaking skills as a rookie. LeGree, who intercepted 22 passes and was a three-time All-American at Appalachian State, has similar ball skills as Thomas and good speed. He could play the deep middle and free up Thomas to attack the line of scrimmage as the Steelers do with Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu. Like Keo, LeGree simply offered too much value in the fifth round (No. 156 overall) to fall further.
And of course there is the latest on the labor front, after the two sides completed two more days of mediation on Tuesday. In this report, Dan Wetzel of YahooSports.com says “a measure of progress was reached.” But Barry Wilner of the Associated Press says the players are not panicking after the latest ruling in the courts favored the owners.
The word of the day at Qwest Field on Tuesday was “solar,” as the Seahawks and SoundersFC are getting their green on by installing energy-saving panels on the roof of the Event Center.
Here at Seahawks.com, we also caught up with former wide receiver Bobby Engram, who was voted to the franchise’s 35th Anniversary team. Engram is now an offensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers.