Good morning. Here’s what was “out there” over the weekend and is “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 6:
Some of the players held a second workout at the University of Washington on Friday, and Christian Caple of PI.com has the details, as well as a Q&A with QB Matt Hasselbeck. Leave it to Hasselbeck to find a positive from the lockout: “A lot of guys are in school right now (including J.P. Losman, Golden Tate) … That’s probably one of the best things about the lockout this year is that we’ve had so many guys that weren’t able to graduate their first time around because they left school early or whatever, and they’ve been able to go back to school and they’re going to graduate this year, or guys are working toward their master. The average football career is 2.8 years or three years or something like that, so I think if you’re looking for positives, it’s been nice to see guys investing in their future after football. At the same time, it means a lot, the guys that are able to make it up even with all those commitments going on.”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times filed this report, as well as a Q&A with Charlie Whitehurst, the only QB currently under contract with the Seahawks. Said Whitehurst: “Well, we’re missing out, everybody’s missing out on the OTAs and that’s tough, especially for the position I play. That’s why this was good. You come out here and see some coverage. I think it served its purpose like that. I think it’s going to be a challenge for everybody when they come back, see how fast they can learn what you need and get back on the same page. That’s the challenge everybody is facing.”
John Boyle of the Herald in Everett also was on hand for the workout and has a status report on wide receiver Deon Butler, who is rehabbing from a severe leg injury. Offers Boyle: Butler “said he is progressing well and was able to jog a bit, though he did not participate in any drills. Also watching and not participating was CB Roy Lewis, who had knee surgery at the end of last season.”
Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune caught up with tight end John Carlson, a Minnesota native. Carlson favors Hasselbeck, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, returning to the Seahawks. Said Carlson: “The lockout has been unfortunate for us because of Matt’s situation and the fact we also have a new offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, who came over from the Vikes. I really hope Matt comes back because he knows the Darrell Bevell West Coast system from all those years under Mike Holmgren. But the thing is I have absolutely no idea if Matt will be back or not. Like everything else, it’s just wait and see.”
As the lockout moves into its 83rd day, the appropriately named Clark Judge of CBSSports.com offers this report from Friday’s court appearance in St. Louis – and makes it clear that the judges would like the sides to settle this situation themselves. Says Judge, quoting the judge: “Congratulating lawyers for their “exceptional” briefs and “well-represented” presentations, Judge (Kermit) Bye signed off by saying the court would render its decision “in due course” but “wouldn’t be all that hurt if you go out and settle this case.”
Ricky Foley, who was with the Seahawks at this time last year, is back in football – and back in the CFL, with the Argonauts. The Toronto Sun has this report about the pass-rush specialist. Said Foley, who was the league’s co-leader in sacks in 2009 while with the B.C. Lions: “I want to lead the league in sacks. Rings and trophies, man, that’s all I care about. I want to dominate this year. I want to be recognized as the best pass-rusher in the league. If you don’t want to be the best, then why are you here?”
Also from north of the border, another story about another ex-Seahawks: Ahman Green. The former NFL running back has been released by the defending CFL champion Montreal Alouettes. Green was the Seahawks’ third-round draft choice in 1998. He was traded to the Packers in 2000.
In his “Monday Morning Quarterback” on SI.com, Peter King checks in from not only Seattle, but the U2 concert at Qwest Field on Saturday night.