Archive for July, 2010

A Look At Seattle’s Newest Safety

Tonight the Seattle Seahawks and Safety Earl Thomas have agreed to terms and just before 10:00 PM local time the deal was signed and filed to the league as per Adam Scheftner twitter report. The 5’10” 208 lb. S out of Texas is going to play a key role in a passing defense that ranked 30th in the league. Seattle was tied for 22nd in interceptions during the 2009 NFL Season.

Earl may lack the Ideal size for the position but he is a ball-hawk. He has an uncanny knack to ending up between the receiver and the ball something Seattle has been missing at that position for longer then I care to remember. He is young and versatile. It is widely thought that he has the coverage skills necessary for him to make a switch to CB if that is what the Seahawks wanted to do. For now the need is at the Safety position and I look for him to start next top veteran S Lawyer Milloy when the Season starts.

Seahawks Ink One First Round Draft Pick

After missing the first two practices due to contract negotiations S Earl Thomas has signed his contract and we should see him at practice in the morning . Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but I will update them as they come in.

The Seahawks still have plenty of work to due so that they can get their first pick of the first round, LT Russell Okung in camp before they miss too much time. Seattle’s lone first round draft pick, taken 4th overall, Aaron Curry missed the first eight days of camp during his contract negotiations. The sticking factor in that deal was the length of the contract. Former Seahawks President and General Manager Tim Ruskell was adamant that the deal be six years while the players agent was looking for a 5 year deal. In the end the Seahawks put together a package that made sense to both side and Curry came into camp behind everyone else in his rookie year. You could immediately see the rust and in many situations throughout training camp and into the season he looked lost on the field. The Seahawks need to get Okung on the field so that the same thing does not happen this season.

Update:

ESPN is reporting that it is a 5year $21.1 million dollar dear with $12.32 million guaranteed. That is a lot more reasonable amount to pay a top safety then the 6year $60 million that the Chiefs paid S Eric Berry $34 million of which is guaranteed.

Hill’s Troubles Continue

The once promising career of Seattle Seahawks LB Leroy Hill could be in jeopardy. According to a Kiro News report the troubled Linebacker is under investigation for witness tampering among other things. Now his former Girlfriend and the women he allegedly “grabbed by her ponytail and threw down the stairs” is missing. She was supposed to show up for a court appearance and was a no show plus she isn’t going to work anymore. The way I see it there could be two explanations for this and either was spells trouble for Hill and could even be the end of his career in the NFL.

First off, and personally I hope this is what happened, he contacted her knowing that if convicted he stands to get a lot more then the slap on the hand he received from drug charges last year. Not only is he still under probation in Georgia for pleading guilty to those drug charges but facing the new domestic assault charges could land him in jail and at the very least cause major impact to his career after the commissioner was done with his own investigation. In these conversations he could have talked the woman into accepting presumably a large sum of cash to disappear.

The second scenario, and lets all hope this did not happen, is Hill could not persuade her to leave to go away so he made her disappear. This is probably the least likely but until she is found remains a possibility.

No matter what happened we can expect to see David Hawthorn starting at Weak Side LB for the first game of the season and depending on what happens over the next few weeks he could become the Seahawks permanent started.

Sean Morey Retires

Wide Receiver Sean Morey has informed the Seahawks he will retire after a 10-year career that won him a Super Bowl in Pittsburgh.

He entered the NFL with the New England Patriots after he was signed by then head coach Pete Carroll of the Patriots. From there he played for Steelers and spent the past three-years with Arizona.

Morey has experienced numerous concussions throughout his career. He’s a national spokesman for awareness about concussions.

-Seahawks open camp today and still have both first-rounders Russell Okung (OT, 6th Overall) and Earl Thomas (S, 14th Overall) remain unsigned. Follow the blog and twitter for up to the minute news that breaks.

Chester Pitts Signs

The Seahawks continue to boost their offensive line as they’ve agreed with former Houston Texan OG Chester Pitts on a one-year deal worth a maximum $2 million dollar deal.

Pitts played under Gibbs zone-blocking scheme in Houston and is coming off of a knee surgery at the age of 31. He’s an eight-year NFL veteran having spent his entire career with the Texans and playing in 114 games straight starting all of them. He missed the final 14 games of the 2009 NFL Season.

-update BrettB
Seahawks release DE Robert Henderson and LB Anthony Haygood to make room for newly signed Second round pick Golden Tate and veteran free agent Chester Pitts.

Guest Appearance on Radio Show

Friday night at 10:00 Eastern Time and 7:00 Western Time I will be on a radio show talking Seahawk football. You can listen to it live via the internet or even call in to discuss football, Seahawks or ask questions about the upcoming season.

In order to listen to the show here’s the link:

http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=68815&cmd=tc

Thoughts on Tate

Golden Tate signed a multi-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks Wednesday.

The former Notre Dame Wide Receiver was drafted in the second-round of the 2010 NFL Draft and will report to camp on time. As of now the only drafted players unsigned are first-round picks Russell Okung and Earl Thomas.

Given Tate’s success in college he is a better receiver than Nate Burleson, but this is the NFL and not College Football. As a member of the Fighting Irish Tate’s stats rank him in the top 10 with 2,707 receiving yards and 26 Touchdowns. His addition to the Seahawks receiving core is a major impact given the past of Deion Branch and Ben Obomanu.

Having him in camp on time will allow him to become acquainted with Matt Hasselbeck and learn Jeremy Bates system as he competes for the No. 2 spot with Branch and Mike Williams. However the offensive line might be the key to his success.

Having an improved offensive line is going to the major key ingredient to the Seahawks success this season. If the line can give Hasselbeck time in the pocket he should be able to do his thing. Throughout Hasselbeck’s success he has had a go-to-guy in Bobby Engram. He always relied on him making the big third-down reception and one positive to Tate’s success is his ability to pickup yards after the catch on top of his speed.

However the greatest strength is his leadership and the ability of playing in a pro-like system. The Seahawks need a receiver kind of like a Joe Jurevicius and Engram. Someone who can lead the receiving core on and off the field and it looks like Tate’s shoes could fill the holes.

Tate’s already played in a pro style offense which should allow him to learn Bates and Carroll’s offense better than most rookies would. Carroll is also familiar with Tate having played against him at the college level and knows that he has the knowledge of the professional game on top of the college game, which will come in handy as he vies for the second spot as a receiver.

Overall the top thing for Tate to be successful is keeping his head on and not making the news like he did with the maple bar incident. If he can do that look for the Seahawks fans to come up with some special chant like you hear when TJ “HHHHOOOUUUSSSSHHH” Houshmandzadeh makes. Until then he’s just the ordinary rookie carrying the pads.

Update on Golden Tate’s Contract

Sticking with tradition the Seahawks remain mum on terms of the deal but it is being reported that his contract of $3.261 million dollars includes a $1 million dollar, or 1,694,915 maple bar signing bonus.

Mariners Struggling Pitcher Lands On the DL

The Seattle Mariners struggling starting pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith aka Hyphen has had his fair share of ups and downs this season. The latest is him landing on the 15 day Disabled List because he is having tenderness in his back. From my experiences with back issues they can last a lot longer then you expect and they are fairly easy to aggravate. The Sunday after Thanksgiving i hurt my back and and after months of Physical Therapy and taking it easy i still continue to have troubles.

Hopefully this is just a simple back strain and he will be ready to go after his 15 days but I would not be supprised if it continues to bother him into the off season.

Golden Signs

Second-round pick Golden Tate has signed a four-year deal worth a repordetly $3.26 million. He was drafted out of Notre Dame. More to come later tonight.

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