Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 26:
Eric Williams of the News Tribune checks in with Seahawks middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu for his reaction to the end of the lockout. Says Tatupu: “I’m happy to be back in the flow of things. From what I’ve heard, we’re ready to go. And free agency and everything is starting. And that’s really more of what I’m interested to see how it goes. We have so many free agents, and there are so many free agents out there. And we’re not even talking about undrafted rookie free agents. There are so many marquee guys that are out there, and I’m sure they’re going to be fine. But now every free agent comes into play. And so we’re going to see how it is. … It’s going to be a free-for-all.”
Dave Boling of the News Tribune weighs the pros and cons of re-signing QB Matt Hasselbeck, who also is reportedly going to draw interest from the Titans. Says Boling: “Hasselbeck will be 36 on Sept. 25 and has missed 13 games because of injuries the past three seasons while being an erratic contributor on bad teams. But after he went through an abysmal four-game stretch late last season with 12 turnovers, he rebounded with two marvelous playoff games (seven touchdowns and one interception). So, he’s been inspiring and infuriating.”
Now that the ho-hum of the 136-day lockout is behind us, here comes the mayhem as teams will try to do in three to five days what has been done in three to five months in past years. Don Banks at SI.com weighs in on that situation. Says Banks: “The irony, of course, is that the long-awaited return of labor peace in the NFL will set off perhaps the most tumultuous week in league history from a player movement standpoint. Starting Tuesday, things will be anything but peaceful in the NFL that Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith supposedly returned to normalcy with Monday’s freshly-struck collective bargaining agreement. After five-plus months of labor unrest, everybody’s ready for some football. But could anyone be completely ready for what’s about to descend upon the NFL, an unprecedented burst of player acquisitions that will fold free agency, the trading period, salary-cap cuts, rookie signing season and the start of training camp into one frenzied window of less than a week?”
But the folks at NFL.com are here to help, with this free agent tracker that includes an item on Hasselbeck, one of 22 Seahawks who are scheduled to become free agents.
Here at Seahawks.com, we’re forging ahead with our series of articles on the team’s first 34 seasons. Up now is 2002, which turned out to be a season of second chances for several players as well as the team after it started 2-6.