San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1, 1st Place NFC West) at Seattle Seahawks (9-5, 2nd Place NFC West)
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Time: 8:15 ET/ 5:15 PT
Announcers: NBC (Al Michaels play-by-play, Cris Collinsworth color commentator)
Last Meeting: San Francisco defeated the Seahawks 13-6 on Thursday Night Football in San Francisco.
The Seahawks have been rolling on both sides of the ball the past two weeks outscoring their opponents 108-17. This week their offense has a true test against the 49ers who will be pressuring Russell Wilson with Aldon Smith, however with Justin Smith expected to miss the Seahawks will be able to relax just a little bit. Expect the Seahawks to look to establish the running game as they’ve been doing throughout the year, but might focus on it a little more this week than in the past. In their previous meeting with the 49ers a Robert Turbin dropped touchdown pass turned out to be the difference of the game. Seattle will hope Sidney Rice is active and healthy as he has been developing chemistry with Wilson and helping the run game continue to be effective against opposing defenses.
Seattle’s defense have been making a havoc in the NFL giving up an average just over 11-points a game in the past 3-wins. Seattle will be without DE Jason Jones in the pass protection, but expect the Seahawks Chris Clemons to have his hands full tonight. Seattle should apply a lot of pressure on 49ers Colin Kaepernick as he will make his first start against the 12th Man. If Seattle can contain the rush and force Kaepernick to make plays himself the Seahawks should be able to let their offense win the game for them, but if they don’t control Frank Gore and apply pressure on Kaepernick then expect the 49ers offense to do their job, while their defense shows why they’re at the top of the league in defense.
Prediction- 49ers 17-14.
-Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll spent 1995-96 as the 49ers Defensive Coordinator before becoming the New England Patriots Head Coach. In 1995 with the 49ers he led the top ranked defense.
-Seahawks Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. played for the 49ers from 1994-2000, he won a Super Bowl with the 49ers in 1994. He played in 112 games with the 49ers, starting all of them with 4 INTs- 2 returned for Touchdowns. He also had 551 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 7-years with the 49ers.
-Seahawks Secondary coach Kris Richard played 2005-06 with the 49ers, in which he only appeared in one game for them.
-Seahawks S Chris Maragos was signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers in 2010 where he played in three games with them piling up 2 tackles.
-Seahawks OT Mike Person was a 7th-round pick by the 49ers in 2011.
-Seahawks FB Michael Robinson was a 4th-round pick by the 49ers in 2006 out of Penn St. He appeared in 62 games with them rushing for 2 Touchdowns off of 289-yards. He also had 346-yards from receptions.
-49ers Special Assistant to Head Coach Bill Nayes spent 1999-2006 with the Seattle Seahawks- a member of the 2005 NFC Conference Champions team.
-49ers Special Teams Assistant Tracy Smith spent 2011 with the Seahawks.
-49ers Offensive Line coach Mike Solari joined the 49ers after spending 2008-09 with the Seahawks as their Offensive Line coach.
Seahawks News of the Week:
-Seahawks CB Richard Sherman’s appeal case was heard Friday in regards to his potential 4-game Suspension for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy. A ruling is expected within the next 5-days of the hearing.
-Seahawks placed DE Jason Jones on season-ending IR and signed DT Hebron Fangupo.
-Seahawks SS Winston Guy’s Suspension was lifted by the commissioner.
-Russell Wilson is 5 Touchdowns away from breaking Peyton Manning’s 1998 NFL Record of Touchdown passes by a rookie QB with 26.
The three amigo’s
The saying, “Good things come in three’s” couldn’t be more right when it comes to the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award for the 2012 NFL Season.
The overall NFL fan base expected Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck and Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III to both contend for the award. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson wasn’t even supposed to be a starter, let alone the third head of the three-headed sea monster of Rookie QBs taking over the NFL.
Wilson, a third-round draft selection by the Seahawks wasn’t expected to even be the teams opening day starter when the season kicked off, but a strong pre-season made it hard for Head Coach Pete Carroll not to start him. Wilson has rewarded Carroll for his decision and has put himself in consideration for the Rookie of the Year award.
Through 15-games it’s evident each quarterback brings different talents to the game, Luck is the more typical quarterback that’ll rack up the passing yards, while RGIII is the more mobile quarterback that uses his athleticism skills the main component of his success. Wilson on the other hand seems to have a mixture of skills making him a threat. He can scramble out of the pocket and run for days, allowing his receivers to get open or space for him to take off. He’s also shown he can pass the ball down field and be accurate with it.
One thing the three of them all have in common is the ability to win, if the season were to end today all three rookie quarterbacks would have led their teams to the playoffs. Wilson and RGIII still could possibly win their divisions as well after Week 17 comes to an end.
Wilson’s ability to give his team a chance to win is one thing that none of the other’s can say. Of Wilson’s five losses all of them have been of 7-points or less, meaning Seattle was in it until the end. Of Luck’s five losses, only one was of less than 7-points, RGIII on the other hand has been consistent with only one loss of more than 7-points.
Wilson has led his Seahawks to three victories in which less than 2-minutes were left in play. He beat the Green Bay Packers on Monday night on a Hail Mary pass to Golden Tate as time expired, beat the New England Patriots on a touchdown pass to Sidney Rice with 1:18 left to play and defeated the Chicago Bears on the road with a touchdown pass to Rice in Overtime.
More than anything though is that Wilson is 1-touchdown away from tying future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning rookie record for the most touchdown passes. The record is 26, Russell enters Sunday’s game with 25 going up against the St. Louis Rams.
These three rookie quarterbacks have shown they have the potential of Making the 2012 NFL Draft class elite. It might not be comparable to the 1983 of John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino (all first-round selections) when all of their careers come to an end, but it might be one of the best trio of quarterbacks taken in a draft in a long time. Even though all three weren’t selected in the first-round they’re proving the sky’s the limit for them.
Wilson’s commitment, leadership and improvement has been shown from Day 1, he arrives at the training complex on Tuesday’s, a given off day to players, at 8 a.m. sharp allowing him to dissect film and prepare for the next opponent. He also requires all rookies to be there with him.
NFL voters have no clear cut selection for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, had the three of them all been members of different classes they would all be able to showcase a trophy in their house.
I guess the saying all good things come in three’s is a true thing. It’s just unfortunate awards don’t come in trio’s.
By Zack Bellerdine
The Day After
Obviously, everyone is talking about the final offensive play of the game between the Packers and theSeattle Seahawks. Was it a touchdown? Was it an interception?
I’ll add in my two cents, but first I would like to shed light on something that has been lost in all of the commotion.
When you remove all of the controversy of bad calls, you are left with an outstanding football game, and I just have to say, “How Bout That Defense?”
Defense Ruled The Day
The Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers played a defensive battle on Monday Night Football atCenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.
Chris Clemons’ had four sacks in the first half. (Photo John Lok SeattleTimes.com)
How about Earl Thomas even showing up to play? His first born, daughter Kaleigh, came into this world about 15 minutes before kick off.
This morning Earl Tweeted:
“My baby girl will be born today…she knew daddy has a big game tonight she didn’t wanna miss it…”
Seahawks first round draft pick, Bruce Irvin, had two sacks under the lights Monday. Bruce now leads all rookies in sacks.
Seahawks All Access
Last season, heading into training camp, Doug Baldwin was simply hoping to make the final roster. Coming out of Stanford, it was easy to see that the young receiver was extremely talented, unfortunately, for his wallet, and fortunately, for the Seattle Seahawks, Doug didn’t have the “measurables”.
He’s not extremely fast, he is extremely short, and although he put up good numbers in college, teams were unsure how that would transfer to the NFL.
After the draft Doug Baldwin was a hot commodity.
I feel confident saying there are 31 other teams that wished they drafted Baldwin.
Though teams were unwilling to spend a draft pick in hopes his game would translate, many were willing to spend money to acquire him (in the form of a rookie free agent signing bonus, part of the undrafted free agent program of the new CBA).
What a difference a year makes
Seattle offered Doug a $17,500 signing bonus, and he took it.
What a steal for the Seahawks, not only was he the 41st ranked receiver by the end of the season, he also led Seattle in receiving yards.
I feel fairly confident saying there are 31 other teams that wished they had used a draft pick on him. Baldwin former head coach at Stanford, current 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh went as far as to admit it.
In an article on the Tacoma News Tribune’s website Eric Williams quoted Harbaugh: More. . .
Cardinals show weakness and strength versus the Saints
The Arizona Cardinals has some bright spots during Saturdays Hall of Fame game, unfortunately for them most of the bright spots were 2nd and third unit players.
The first unit offense was anemic at best. They couldn’t even manage a first down versus the Saints first unit defense. Kevin Kolb started the pre-season just like he played last season, terrible and then he got hurt. His first pass was intercepted due to his inability to read a defense. He did make one good play when he found a target as he was falling to the ground in the end-zone but that is also the play where he got a rib contusion and left the game.
In all fairness to all three quarterbacks who played for the Cardinals they got no help from their offensive line. The Cardinal offensive line appears to be implementing the Swiss cheese blocking scheme.
Defensively they looked decent although they need to work on tackling and they showed a weakness against miss direction plays. They need to learn to be a bit more patient to avoid getting suckered out of position.
As far as the rookie go; undrafted free agent wide receiver Trey Grey muffed a punt but overall they got a good performance from their rookie class. Fellow undrafted free agent wide receiver LaRon Byrd had a very solid game using his body to shield defenders from the ball and using his 6’4″ height and long arms to go up and high point the pass. This kid looked very good in his first live action as a pro. 6th round pick Ryan Lindley looked like a 6th round rookie quarterback, very inconsistent and missing high a lot (very well could be nerves). Defensive rookie defensive backs 6th round pick Justin Bethel and undrafted free agent Eddie Elder gave the Saints all they could handle. Bethel delivered a big special teams hit and had a blocked field goal while Eddie Elder had a couple nice hits including a crushing blow on Saints receiver Andy Tanner causing him to fumble.
T.O. to Seattle?
Dave “Softy” Mahler (KJR-950 Radio host in Seattle) originally broke the news that Terrell Owens was planning on a trip to Seattle. Later in the evening the Seahawks confirmed that he was coming in for a workout. The Seahawks released Antonio Bryant during the weekend but brought in a kicker so the roster is at 90 without Owens.
The last time Terrell Owens played was for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. At the time I was covering the Everett Raptors of the same league and according to Raptors personnel Owens was released due to his failure to attend team meetings. His contract with the Wranglers gave him partial ownership in the team on top of the salary that is the same for every player in the league. According to this raptor employee his contracted stated that he was not required to attend away games but he was required to attend team meetings and practice. Failure to comply would lead to his release and forfeiture of his ownership in the team. Owens could not be bothered with living up to his responsibilities outlined by the contract and was released from the lowest level of professional football.
Now the Seahawks want to give him a chance? I see no reason to think this guy has changed and think the risk of his attitude being a cancer in the locker room is far greater than what he can bring to the team. A Seahawks employee told me just last week that T.O. was a guy who teammates can’t stand and went to the extent of saying “T.O. is the definition of narcissistic” those are pretty strong words from a current Seahawks employee who has been in the league for decades.
Free agency, Seahawks and beyond
Here I will track the leagues signings as well as keep a tally of What the Seahawks have been doing.
Seahawks Free Agents:
QB: Charlie Whitehurst – signed SD
RB: Justin Forsett -
FB: Michael Robinson – re-signed 2-yr
TE: Chris Baker -
TE: John Carlson – signed MIN
PK: Steven Hauschka – Tendered
OG: Allen Barbre – re-signed 1-yr $700,000
OG: Robert Gallery – released signed NE
OT: Jarriel King – released
OG: Michael Gibson – signed PHI
OG: Paul McQuistan – agreed to terms
DE: Raheem Brock -
DE: Red Bryant – re-signed SEA 5 year $35 m dollar deal with $14.5 guaranteed
DE: Anthony Hargrove -
DT: Clinton McDonald – exclusive rights
DT: Jimmy Wilkerson -
LB: Heath Farwell – re-signed SEA
LB: David Hawthorne -
LB: Matt McCoy -
CB: Kennard Cox – exclusive rights
CB: Roy Lewis -
SS: Atari Bigby – signed SD
DT: Jason Jones – signed 1-yr $4.5 million all guaranteed
T: Frank Omiyale – signed
RB: Kregg Lumpkin – signed (terms not disclosed)
NFC West Free Agency:
OL Adam Snyder – SF
LS Mike Leach – re-sign 3-yr
LB Reggie Walker-re-sign 2-yr
T Levi Brown – re-signed 5-yr
T D’Anthony Batiste – re-signed
Early Doucet – re-signed 2-yr
K Jay Feely – re-signed 2-yr
CB Greg Toler – 1-yr
CB William Gay – signed ARZ 2-yr
SS Sean Considine – signed BAL 1-yr
CB Richard Marshall – MIA
OL Rex Hadnot – released
C Kristofer O’Dowd – NYJ
San Franscisco 49ers:
LB Tavares Gooden
CB Carlos Rogers – re-signed
QB Alex Smith – re-signed 3-yr $24 million with $9 million guaranteed + incentives. total contract $33 million
QB Josh Johnson – 2-yr $2 million + $1.5 million in incentives
WR Ted Ginn Jr. – re-signed
RB Rock Cartwright – signed SF 1-yr
WR Mario Manningham – signed SF 2-yr $7.375 million
LB Blake Costanzo – CHI
CB Shawntae Spencer – released signed OAK
OL Adam Snyder – ARI
ST. LOUIS RAMS:
CB Courtland Finnagan
TE Matthew Mulligan
WR Steve Smith (Eagles)
OL Quinn Ojinnaka 1-yr
DE Kendall Langford – signed STL 4-yr $24 million with $12 million guaranteed
C Scott Wells – agreed to terms
FB Brit Miller – re-signed
WR Brandon Llyod – NE
CB Ron Bartell – OAK
LB Chris Chamberlain – NO
NFL Free Agency movement by position:
Derek Anderson – re-signed CAR 1 year
Jason Campbell – signed CHI 1 year
David Carr – re-signed NYG
David Gerrard – signed MIA 1-yr $3.35 million with $1 million guaranteed + $1.5 million in incentives
Rex Grossman- re-signed WAS 1-yr
Bryan Hoyer – signed tender NE 1-yr $1.9 million
Matt Flynn – signed SEA
Caleb Hanie – signed DEN 2-yr
Chad Henne – signed JAX 2 year
Shaun Hill – re-signed DET 2-yr
Josh Johnson – signed SF 2-yr $2 million + $1.5 million in incentives
Peyton Manning – signed DEN 5-yr $96 million
Josh McCown – re-signed CHI 1 year
Donovan McNabb -
Dan Orlovsky – signed TB 2-yr $2.5 million
Kyle Orton – signed DAL 3 year
Brad Quinn – agreed to terms KC
Chris Redman – agreed to terms ATL
Sage Rosenfels – Re-signed MIN
Alex Smith – re-signed SF 3-yr $24 million with $9 million guaranteed + incentives. total contract $33 million
Drew Stanton – signed NYJ then traded to IND
Charlie Whitehurst – signed SD 2-yr
Cedric Benson -
RB Michael Bush – signed CHI 4-yr $14 million with $7 million guaranteed
RB Rock Cartwright – signed SF 1-yr
RB Tashard Choice – re-singed BUF
FB Jerome Felton – signed MIN
FB Tony Flammetta – agreed to terms NE
Ryan Grant -
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis – signed CIN 3-yr $9 million
RB Lex Hilliard – signed MIN 1-yr $615,000
RB Peyton Hillis – signed KC 1 year $3M
FB Will Johnson – futures contact PIT
FB Spencer Larsen – signed NE 2-yr
RB Kregg Lumpkin – signed SEA
FB Le’Ron McClain – signed SD
FB Brit Miller – re-signed STL
FB Michael Robinson – re-signed SEA 2-yr
RB Steve Slaton – signed 1-yr MIA
RB Kevin Smith – re-signed DET 1-yr
RB Mike Tolbert – signed CAR
FB Lawarence Vickers – signed DAL 2 year
Devin Aromashodu – re-signed MIN 1-yr
Donnie Avery – signed IND
Deion Branch – re-signed NE 1-yr
Andre Caldwell – signed DEN 2-yr
Early Doucet – re-signed ARI 2-yr
Harry Douglas – agreed to terms ATL
Pierre Garcon – Signed WAS 5 year $42.5M $21.5M guaranteed
Ted Ginn Jr. – re-signed SF 1-yr
Anthony Gonzalez – signed NE
Derek Hagan – re-signed BUF
DeSean Jackson – re-signed PHI 5 year $48.5M
Vincent Jackson – signed TB 5 years $55.55M with $26M guaranteed
Brandon Lloyd – signed NE 3-yr $12 million
Mario Manningham – signed SF 2-yr $7.375 million
Scotty McKnight – re-signed NYJ
Robert Meachem – signed SD 4 year $25.9M with $14M guaranteed
Joshua Morgan – signed WAS
Kevin Ogletree – re-singned DAL
Laurent Robinson – signed JAX 5 year $32.5M
Eddie Royal – signed SD
Chaz Schilens – agreed to terms NYJ
Matt Slater – re-signed NE
Steve Smith (Eagles) – signed STL 1-yr
Donte Stallworth – signed NE 1-yr
Mike Wallace -
Hines Ward – retired
Reggie Wayne – signed IND 7 years $17.5M and $7.5M guaranteed
Eric Wheems – signed CHI 3 years
Martellus Bennet – signed NYG 1year-$2.5M
Kevin Boss – agreed to terms KC 3-yr $9 million
John Carlson – signed MIN 5 year $25M
Dallas Clark -
Fred Davis – signed tender WAS $5.446 million
Kellen Davis – signed CHI 2-yr $6 million
Joel Dressen – signed DEN
Larry Donnell – re-signed NYG
Daniel Fells – signed NE 3-yr
Will Heller – re-signed DET 1-yr
Wes Lyons – futures contract PIT
Jeron Mastrud – signed tender MIA $540,000
Randy McMichael – signed SD 2-yr
Matthew Mulligan – signed STL 2-yr
Donte Rosario – signed SD 1-yr
Bo Scaife -
Visanthe Shiancoe -
Jeremy Shockey -
Alex Smith – re-signed CLE (1 year deal)
Jacob Tamme – signed DEN 3-yr $9.5 million
T Jeff Backus – signed DET 2-yr $10 million
T Khalif Barnes – re-signed OAK 1-yr $2 million
T D’Anthony Batiste – re-signed ARZ
T Demetrius Bell -
C Matt Birk – signed BAL 3-yr $8.52 million with $2.1 guaranteed
T Levi Brown – re-signed ARZ 5-yr
OL Mackenzy Bernadeau – agreed to terms DAL
G Cooper Carlisle – re-signed OAK 1-yr $1 million
T Anthony Collins – re-signed CIN
C Dan Connolly – agreed to terms NE
OL Oniel Cousins – re-signed CLE
C Dan Koppen -
G Ryan Diem – retired
T Demar Dotson – signed tender $1.26 million
T Jared Gaither – re-sign SD 4 year
G Robert Gallery – signed NE
G Michael Gibson – signed PHI 2-yr
G Ben Grubbs – signed NO 5-yr $36 million with 10 million guaranteed
C Geoff Hangartner – re-signed CAR (3 years)
G Artis Hicks – signed MIA 1-yr $2 million
G Steve Hutchingson – signed TEN 3-yr
OL Kory Lichtensteiger – signed tender WAS $1.26 million
G Nate Livings – agreed to terms DAL 5-yr $19 million with $6.2 million guaranteed
G Evan Mathis – re-signed PHI 5-yr $25 million with $7 million guaranteed
C Todd McClure – re-signed ATL
G Mike McGlynn – signed IND
T Jamon Meredith – signed TB 2-yr
T Marcus McNeil -
C Chris Myers – re-signed HOU 4-yr $25 million with $14 million guaranteed
G Carl Nicks – signed TB 5 year $47.4M with $31M guaranteed
C Kristofer O’Dowd – signed NYJ
T Frank Omiyale – signed SEA
G Mike Pollak – signed CAR
T Joel Reinders – Re-sign NYG
C Samson Satele – signed IND 3-yr $10.8 million with $5 million guaranteed
C Jeff Saturday – signed GB 2-yr $7.75 million
OL Geoffrey Schwarts – signed MIN 1-yr $1.5 million
OL Adam Snyder – signed ARI 5 year
OL Steve Vallos – signed PHI 1-yr
C Scott Wells – agreed to terms STL
G Travelle Wharton – signed CIN
T Eric Winston – signed KC
DE John Abraham – re-signed ATL 3-yr
DL Jamaal Anderson – agreed to terms CIN
DE Mark Anderson – signed BUF 4-yr $27.5 million with $8 million guaranteed
DL Ryan Baker – re-signed MIA
DE Michael Bennett – signed tender TB $2.7 million
DT Brodick Bunkley – signed NO 5-yr $25 million with $9 million guaranteed
DE Red Bryant - signed SEA 5 year $35 m dollar deal with $14.5 guaranteed
DE Everette Brown – signed DET 1-yr
DL Adam Carriker – re-signed WAS
DE Trent Cole – Re-signed PHI 4 years $53M with $15M guaranteed
DL Fred Evans – re-signed MIN 2-yr
NT Antonio Garay -
DT Letroy Guion – Re-signed MIN (3years $9M with $2.5M guaranteed)
DL Jonathan Fenene – agrees to terms NE
DL Andre Fluellen – re-signed DET 1-yr
DT Marcus Harrison – re-signed NE
DE Derrick Harvey – re-signed CIN
DL John Henderson – retired
DL Israel Idonije – agreed to terms CHI 1-yr
DT Jason Jones – signed SEA 1-yr $4.5 million all guaranteed
DE Kendall Langford – signed STL 4-yr $24 million with $12 million guaranteed
DL Jeremy Mincey – signed JAX 4 years $27.2M with $9M guaranteed
DL CJ Mosley – re-signed JAX 3 years $7.5M
DT Daniel Muir – signed GB
DE Cory Redding – signed IND 3 year $10.5M
DE Frostee Rucker – signed CLE 5 year $21M $8M guaranteed
DL Brian Schaefering – signed tender CLE $540,000
DL Trevor Scott – signed NE 1-yr
DT Pat Sims – re-signed CIN
DT Paul Soliai – re-signed MIA 2 year $12M
DE Juqua Parker – signed CLE 1-yr $3 million
NT Sione Pouha -
DE Mario Williams – signed BUF
Russell Allen – agreed to 3 year deal with JAX
Brendon Ayanbadejo – re-signed BAL
Jovan Belcher – signed tender KC $1.97 million
Chris Chamberlain – signed NO 3-yr
Dan Connor – signed DAL
Blake Costanzo – signed CHI 2 years
Tavares Gordon – Signed 49ers
Heath Farwell – re-signed SEA
London Fletcher -
David Hawthorne -
Erin Henderson – re-signed MIN 1-yr $2 million
Jarret Johnson – signed SD 4years
Niko Koutouvides – re-signed NE 1 year
Curtis Lofton – signed NO 5-yr
Joe Mays – signed DEN 3-yr $12 million with $4.5 million guaranteed
Jamaal McClain – signed BAL 3-yr $10.5 million
Kenny Onatolu – signed CAR 3-yr
Ashlee Palmer – re-signed DET
Byan Thomas – re-signed NYJ 1 year $990,000
Stephen Tulloch – re-signed DET 5-yr $25 million with $11 million guaranteed
Reggie Walker – re-signed ARZ 2-year
Jamaal Westerman – signed MIA
Tracy White – re-signed NE 1 year $990, 000 with $300,000+ guaranteed
Chavis Williams – re-signed BAL
Kamerion Wimbley – signed TEN 5-yr $35 million with $13.5 million guaranteed
Wesley Woodyard – agreed to terms DEN
FS Mike Adams – agreed to terms DEN 2-yr
CB Jason Allen – signed CIN 2-yr $8.2 million
CB Will Allen – signed NE 1-yr $975,000
CB Ronde Barber – re-signed TB 1-yr
CB Ron Bartell – signed OAK
SS Atari Bigby – signed SD 2-yr $2.5 million + $2 million in incentives
CB Zackary Brown – agrees to contract 1-yr MIN
CB Jarrett Bush – re-signed GB 3-yr $6.25 million with $1 million signing bonus
CB Brandon Carr – signed DAL 5 years
CB Michael Coe – re-signed NYG
CB Marquince Cole – signed NE
SS Sean Considine – signed BAL 1-yr
S Thomas DeCoud -
CB Cortland Finnegan – signed STL
CB William Gay – signed ARZ 2-yr
CB Corey Graham – signed BAL 2-yr
SS Steve Gregory – agreed to terms NE 3-yr
CB Cedric Griffin agreed to terms WAS 1-yr $2.5 million
S Chris Horton – signed NYG 1-yr
CB Dante Hughes -
CB Adam Jones – re-signed CIN
CB Jacob Lacey – signed DET 1-yr $1.3 million
FS LaRon Landry – signed NYJ 1-yr $1.75 million
CB Patrick Lee – signed OAK 1-yr
SS Dwight Lowery – re-signed JAX 4 year
CB Richard Marshall – signed MIA 3 year $16M $6M guaranteed
CB Rashean Mathis -
S Brandon Meriweather – signed WAS 2-yr $6 million
SS Haruki Nakamura – signed CAR 3-yr $4.8 million worth up to $5.5 million with incentives
FS reggie Nelson – re-signed CIN
CB Terence Newman -
CB Dimitri Patterson – re-signed CLE 3-yr $16 million with $6 million guaranteed
FS Brodney Pool – signed DAL
CB Tracy Porter – signed DEN 1-yr $4 million
CB Carlos Rogers – re-signed SF 4 year $31.3M
CB Aaron Ross – signed JAX 3-yr $15.3 million
SS Bryan Scott – re-signed BUF
CB Shawntae Spencer – signed OAK
CB B.J. Stanford – signed tender $540,000
SS Craig Steltz – agreed to terms CHI 2-yr
CB Nick Taylor – signed futures contract MIN 3-yr
CB Terrell Thomas – re-signed NYG 4 year $17M
CB Greg Toler – signed ARZ 1-yr
CB Justin Tryon – re-signed NYG
CB Eric Wright – signed TB 5 years $37.5M $15.5M guaranteed
FS Tom Zbikowski – signed IND
K Nick Folk – re-signs NYJ
LS Mike Leach – re-sign ARZ 3-year
K Jay Feely – re-sign ARZ 2-yr
LS Joe Zelenka – re-signed ATL
K Phil Dawson – signed tender CLE $3.81 million
P Steve Weatherford – signed NYG 5-yr
LS Don ed – re-signed DET 1-yr
Let’s help a Couple 12′s
Mike Broderick and his son Shawn are trying to win the “Ultimate Displaced Fan”. I had a chance to talk to his son about the contest and find out how we could help a couple fellow 12th men out.
Shawn how did you become a Seahawks fan?
“My dad and I are just die hard fans living in South Dakota. My mom and my dad lived there before I was born, but then he got a good job here in South Dakota and that’s where I’ve grown up. He’s always watched the Seahawks games somehow down here and I eventually started watching them with him and really started to like them just as much as him, if not more.”
What is your favorite Seahawks memorabilia?
“We have a huge card collection of our favorite Seahawks, they mostly consist of Deon Butler, Aaron Curry, and Earl Thomas.”
This contest is for the “Ultimate Displaced Fan” what is the prize for winning?
“Whoever wins voting this month gets to go onto the finals (not sure when that voting is), and the winner of the final month gets two tickets to the Super Bowl this year.”
How can people help you win?
“It’d be insane if we ended up winning, please put a huge thanks out there from my dad and I for whoever votes for us. Keep in mind you can vote every day if you’d like. Thanks!!!”
And there you have it! I know this isn’t a typical post but its a nice opportunity to help a 12.
Northwest Pro Sports 12 Editor Darin Pike wrote an interesting piece on trading for Kevin Kolb on the Bleacher Report.
Here’s the link
Judge Nelson ruled today that the NFL Owners need to lift the Lockout and allow business to continue. This is a big win for Players and fans in the short term. The NFL will likely appeal the ruling.
If it holds up it gives the players a bit of power in the new CBA negotiations. This could be bad for both players and fans long term. How can it be bad for players to make more money you ask?
If the new CBA creates an economic atmosphere that fails to produce adequate profit margins for the owners they will invest their money elsewhere. Yes, they make a lot of money. But it’s important to remember how much money they have tied up in these franchises and the financial risks involved with having nearly 1 Billion Dollars invested in a single endeavor. There are a few owners like Jerry Jones for whom football is everything, but for the most part these are business men who have made billions making smart investments. If they are unable to make enough profit to make it viable as an honest investment, many will simply sell their franchise.
New ownership groups will be hard to find because even though players like to say they are the product, and they are irreplaceable, imagine how hard it will be to find people willing to invest a large fortune in an organization where they can’t turn a meaningful profit. What you will end up with will be the equivalent of slum lords who buy teams at a wholesale price and run them into the ground. New facility construction will halt, and overall conditions will decline. With that revenue will decrease, and ultimately that will lead to the players getting a larger percentage of a much smaller pie.
Thank you to Brett for the invitation to offer some content on NWPS12.com. I’ve been writing for Bleacher Report, and will be porting some of the relevant articles here.
I’ll be posting several articles today (sorry for the deluge). I will also be adding weekly “Blue Friday” posts on the Seahawks’ draft needs heading up to the NFL Draft starting April 28th.
I look forward to your feedback and sharing thoughts and ideas on professional sports in our area. Feel free to contact me with questions or article ideas…or if you think I’m nuts, which I’ve been accused of. A few examples—I don’t think Pouncey or Solder are worthy of first round consideration at all, and I think Gabbert is as over-rated as a QB can get. I could be wrong on that, but I was ripped pretty good for saying Anthony Davis was over-rated last year and he would need a few years at least to be considered a decent OT…and even then he should be considered a guard.
Anyway, a healthy dialog is a good thing. I look forward to sharing with the community.