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Archives: March 2009

March
24th

Leonard Weaver speaks out

I talked to ex-Seattle Seahawks fullback Leonard Weaver for the first time since he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Weaver talked about his frustrations on not getting a deal done in Seattle.

Weaver also said that he believes the team announcing the head coaching change to Jim Mora from Mike Holmgren before last season began created in the locker room.

And he also wanted one last chance to thanks Seahawks fans for supporting him during his time in Seattle.

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March
24th

Are NFL rule changes for safety necessary?

The NFL announced today that league owners passed four player safety rules that will go into effect next season during meetings in California this week

The first is the elimination of blindside, helmet-to-helmet blocks.

According to the report, new rules state that the initial force of a blindside block can’t be delivered by a helmet, forearm or shoulder to an opponent’s head or neck. An illegal blindside block will bring a 15-yard penalty. Check out the block by Pittsburgh’s Hines Ward on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers and you’ll understand what the owners are getting at here.

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March
23rd

LB Curry looks good at Wake Forest pro day

Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry went through his pro day today. He did not run or lift, standing on his impressive numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. But he did work through positional drills, and did not disappoint.


Curry is reportedly scheduled to visit with the Seahawks on Thursday. View video from Curry’s workout here, and a report on Wake Forest’s pro day here.

March
23rd

League announces Week 1 TV schedule

In today’s press conference at the NFL ownership meetings in Dana Point, Calif., league commissioner Roger Goodell announced the national TV schedule for Week 1, along with the Thanksgiving Day games.

The defending Super Bowl champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers, will open the season by hosting the Tennessee Titans in a Thursday night game on Sept. 10th. The Super Bowl champion has hosted the first regular season game since 2004.

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March
23rd

Burleson working back into form

I recently talked to Seattle Seahawks receiver Nate Burleson for a story I’m working on. Burleson says he’s ahead of schedule in terms of his rehabilitation from his ACL knee surgery in September, and believes he’ll come back from the injury even faster than before because of the emphasis in his rehabilitation on improving his leg strength. And he points to guys like Joey Galloway and Deion Branch as examples of players who have been able to regain their speed, and even improve on it, after surgery.

Burleson said he’s been running, lifting weights and running routes regularly at the team’s Renton practice facility. As far as his participation at Seattle’s first mini camp in April, Burleson is not sure how much he will be allowed to do during the camp.

"I’m going to leave that up to the trainers and the coaches," he said. "They’ve got a great understanding of what time of the year it is. I’m going to be there because I can learn the playbook. So I’ll definitely be there to take mental reps."

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March
20th

Report: Eagles sign Weaver

The Philadelphia Inquirer and ESPN’s John Clayton are reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles have signed Leonard Weaver to a one-year deal, according to his agent Harold Lewis. Terms of deal have not been disclosed, but Clayton is reporting according to a source the deal will pay Weaver $1.75 million, but also has incentives that could sweeten the deal to $2.5 million.

Weaver had interest in his services from the Eagles, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Houston and Seattle. Philadelphia was rumored to have backed off last week, but pulled the trigger on a deal today.

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March
19th

Georgia QB Stafford impresses at pro day

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports that Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford had an impressive workout at the University of Georgia’s pro day, solidifying his prospects as the No. 1 overall pick.

All 32 teams had representatives at the event, including Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, courtesy of ESPN’s Mike Sando.

Seattle could consider taking Stafford with the No. 4 overall pick as an eventual replacement for Matt Hasselbeck, should Stafford fall that far.

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