Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, March 14:
The big news in Hawkville, of course, was the team getting an agreement with Red Bryant to re-sign with the team on the first day of the NFL free agency period.
John Boyle at the Everett Herald looks at what has been an unexpected four-season stay with the Seahawks for Bryant: “Less than two years ago, when a new coaching staff suggested he change positions, Red Bryant figured he was on his way out of Seattle. Instead, Bryant just became the highest paid player on a Seahawks defense he once feared had no place for him.”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times says the Seahawks’ move was addition by not allowing subtraction: “The Seahawks didn’t make any additions the first day of NFL free agency. They did something even more important for their defense: They avoided subtraction by reaching an agreement to re-sign defensive end Red Bryant, who was an unrestricted free agent. A day that began with signs the New England Patriots were going to come after Bryant ended with Seattle retaining the player who has become a cornerstone of its young defense.”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune was anticipating a big splash on Day One of NFL free agency, but views retaining Bryant as significant: “The Seattle Seahawks made an important move to shore up the team’s run defense, finally coming to terms with run-stuffing defensive end Red Bryant.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the importance of Bryant’s signing and how it fits the philosophy of GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll when it comes to free agency: “ ‘We really want to focus on the guys on our team, and I want that to be a strong message – that we believe the guys that we have put together here are the foundation of a championship team,’ Carroll said. And Bryant, who will turn 28 next month, definitely is a cornerstone player.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers 10 thoughts from the first day of free agency: “Red Bryant’s re-signing in Seattle stands as the biggest NFC West-related signing to this point, trailed by Josh Morgan’s departure from San Francisco to Washington. News on the quarterback front remains slow. If the Seahawks consider former Miami starter Chad Henne, they will not be talking big money.”
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com picks his winners and losers from Day One, and the Seahawks come up a winner: “They made a great move in keeping defensive end Red Bryant. They signed him to a five-year deal worth $35 million. Bryant is a rising talent, and a big part of their defense. He isn’t a great pass rusher, but he is tough against the run and he plays hard. He does a lot of the dirty work on the Seattle defense.”
Jason La Canfora at NFL.com is tracking all the free-agent activity around the league and you can follow along here.