Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 31:
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times has the story on the club asking Lofa Tatupu to restructure his contract, and the reaction by the middle linebacker. Says O’Neil: “But there’s more than just the request for a pay cut at work here. There has been speculation the Seahawks were interested in Takeo Spikes, the 49ers linebacker who wound up in San Diego. And regardless of how substantial that pursuit was, the perception has added an emotional element to the situation. From Tatupu’s perspective, not only has there been a request for a pay cut, but he’s wondering if that request came only after the team inquired about finding his replacement.”
At ESPN.com, Adam Schefter is reporting that Tatupu met with Carroll on Saturday night and requested his release. Says Schefter: “The Seahawks told Tatupu they would do so, but reluctantly.”
Also at ESPN.com, NFC West blogger Mike Sando offers his thoughts on the situation. Says Sando: “The lockout gave the Seahawks extra time to consider their long-range plans. The team basically decided to make a clean break from the past. If Matt Hasselbeck’s departure over a few million dollars didn’t drive home the point, Tatupu’s release should leave little doubt. New leadership often prefers operating without baggage left over from their successors. Some of that is at work here.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve got Carroll’s decision to go with just-acquired Tarvaris Jackson as the starting QB – and the reasoning behind it. There are also recaps of the Saturday morning practice, when defensive end Red Bryant had an impressive outing; the afternoon walk-thru, with a focus on just-added wide receiver Sidney Rice; a look at the action from photographer Rod Mar; and a video profile on Jackson from Tony Ventrella.