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Morning links: Kerney retiring?

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 29, 2010 at 10:29 am with 22 Comments »
January 29, 2010 11:24 am

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney held a retirement party last week. I’ve had a couple sources confirm that the event took place, but so far the Seahawks or Kerney have not announced any plans of his retirement.

Although it makes sense that Kerney might be calling it quits. He’s 33 years old and is due to make $5.16 million in 2010. He had elbow surgery at season’s end, the third straight season he needed surgery at the end of the year.

Kerney only had five sacks in 2009, but he’s had an impressive, 11-year career, including two Pro Bowls and one appearance on the All-Pro team. With 82.5 sacks, Kerney is 45th on the all-time sacks list.

With an impressive week at the Senior Bowl, Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson (5-10, 190) has garnered more attention and raised his stature heading into Saturday’s game in Mobile, Ala.

Wilson has great speed and good quickness, along with good ball skills, making him one of the top cover corners in the draft. The question for Wilson will be how physical he can play from the corner position and how well he tackles on Saturday.

Wilson also has his own traveling billboard, an RV decked out in Boise State colors with his picture on the side, driven to every Broncos home game this season by his brothers. Check out the video here.

Seattle struggled defending the pass in 2009. Part of that had to do with Marcus Trufant not fully recovering from a lingering back injury that hampered his ability to cover at an elite level.

The Seahawks also struggled in consistently getting to the quarterback, so they might not think cornerback is a priority in the first couple rounds of the draft.

Another corner who has looked good this week is California’s Syd’Quan Thompson (5-9, 182) Unlike Wilson, who probably runs a 4.3-4.4 40-yard dash time, Thompson is a mid 4.5s guy who plays physical at the corner spot and might be more of a zone corner guy.

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network points to Ole Miss running back/returner Dexter McCluster as someone who is moving up the draft board.

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com lists Oregon running back LaGarratte Blunt as someone who has improved their stock this week. Blunt, who has work in the zone blocking scheme at Oregon, could be the one-cut bruising runner Seattle could use in short yardage situations.

Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger has the franchise and transition tag numbers for 2010.

The only two people for Seattle I think might be possible candidates are wide receiver Nate Burleson and kicker Olindo Mare.

The franchise tag for receivers is $9.52 million, which would be a considerable raise over Burleson’s salary of $3.25 million in 2009.

The franchise tag for kickers is $2.81 million. Mare made $1.5 million in 2009.

USC assistant Kris Richard becomes the sixth Trojans assistant to join Pete Carroll’s staff in Seattle. Richard, who was draft by Seattle in 2000 and played six years in the league, will become the assistant defensive backs coach.

Former Seahawks quarterback coach Bill Lazor has been hired as the University of Virginia’s offensive coordinator.

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  1. ElPerroGrandeIII says:

    Thank God he is retiring, and good riddance …

  2. “Thank God he is retiring, and good riddance … ”

    Why good riddance? he’s been a good player – always gave his all – and when healthy, was the best pass rusher we’d had in years .. . his body just gave out. I wish the guy well.

  3. IdahoHawk says:

    9.52 Million is alot to pay a guy that can’t stay healthy.

  4. $9.52 M for Burleson? Now that’s funny and especially considering that Ruskell is no longer here.

  5. Kerney can see the writing on the wall with our new coaching staff. If he calls it quits now, at least he can say he left football on his own terms.

  6. OCHawkFan says:

    Sweet. Now we just need Branch, W. Jones, J. Jones, and Deon Grant to retire!

  7. azhawkman says:

    I wouldn’t say “good riddance” to Kerney. He has done fairly well but I think the timing is right. I’d love to have Wilson, since I’m a Boise State fan, but I think if he climbs up to being a first round pick I don’t think it will be us drafting him. Not that we don’t need a top prospect CB but I just wouldn’t expect it. Besides his cover skills he is a dangerous return guy, which I think we need as well. Schneider was part of the FO that drafted two other BSU players in Daryn Colledge and Korey Hall so perhaps there’s a chance.

  8. wabubba67 says:

    The only sacks that he’ll get now will come in Lisa Gangel’s bedroom…wise choice Patrick!

  9. Of the veterans that are eligible for free agency or restricted free agency, I really cannot see any of them being a “must have” or “must keep.” A lot of this teams “ills” will go away if there is a very good to excellent O-line and D-line in place. Championship teams are always very solid in line play. Football being won “in the trenches” has not changed.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    ElPerroGrandeIII – That is a terrible take. In the short time he was here, he gave everything he had. it’s just now a matter that his body is failing him. He was likely to be cut or at the very least restructured.

    Syd’Quan has looked great, but his long stride speed is poor. He is incredibly agile and quick and a great hitter. And I’d be surprised if he ran worse than 4.4, but he has been run past this week, on simple go’s and deep posts. Anything underneath and he’s been in his guys shirt. Maybe zone but definitely slot too. Kyle Wilson has been a more complete CB during this week of practice.

  11. variable575 says:

    that ties up our first rnd picks— safety/CB and DE in no particular order.

  12. Kerney and Grant Wistrom were very similar: both were TEMPORARILY great but were signed to long term contracts and cost a lot of cap money beyond their ability to play at a high level. Good value early, but part of the problem later.

  13. blahbl4hblah says:

    You’re all idiots. Fair weather fans. Do you even have any idea what makes a good team? You think Kerney retiring will make this team better? Better think again. And with yet another whole new coaching staff this year, and i’m sure a lot of player changes, we’re looking at a 3 win season, at best.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    What a well reasoned, thoughtful argument.

  15. Kerney did good work for us. It would be prudent for him to hang it up at this point, but that does not mean I will forget his hard play. Kerney never took plays off or loafed. Regardless of talent or contribution; you need guys on your team that give their all-definitely a class act-and good taste in women.

  16. Patrick Kerney in 2007 was maybe the best DE the Seahawks have ever had. He never quit for a single down in his career.

    Few jobs on this planet wreck a man’s body faster than the career he chose.

    Thanks Patrick, you earned a healthy retirement!

  17. Kerney was great in ’07, but not Jacob Green great. Green held his own in the running game too, and that was on a 3-4 defense (where it’s a heckofalot harder). I think Green would have been an almost HOFer if he could have played in a 4-3 (and not at the end when we drafted Tez… but in his prime).

  18. Dukeshire says:

    seahawklovertoo – What the hell are you talking about?

  19. “Kerney and Grant Wistrom were very similar: both were TEMPORARILY great but were signed to long term contracts”

    Wistrom played hard and seemed like a good team leader – but to my mind he was nowhere near as good as Kerney at his best.

    “Patrick Kerney in 2007 was maybe the best DE the Seahawks have ever had. He never quit for a single down in his career”

    Agree with that – bodies just break down in this game.

  20. williambryan says:

    Kerney in 07 was the best year a seattle DE has ever had. However, how can you say he never took plays off. It was brutal watching him last year just get swallowed up and run his guy back making no visible attempt to get around the tackle. And has everyone forgot about the game when he was still a falcon, and he took himself out of the game because he had no chance against big walt? Granted, no one but Ware has ever gotten the best of Jones, but not everyone has taken them selves off the field either.

    I like Kerney but I think he’s done. I would like to be wrong but I doubt it.

    I think this off season will be really interesting for us who have been fans since a t least the start of the Holmgren era. We have known really only one way of doing things and we could pretty much know what this team would do personnel wise and even what we would do on 3rd and long (Draw to Weaver, Strong before him.) Now, anything could happen.

  21. Patrick Kerney
    2007 Overall Rk 6th of 121, Pass-Rush Rk 15th of 121, Cover Rk 26th of 121, Run 25th of 121
    WK 1 v TB: S DLE Snaps 54/ Pen 0, QB Sk 1, QB Ht 2, QB Pr 0, Tkls 2, Asst 0, MT 1
    WK 2 @AZ: S DLE Snaps 67/ Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 3, QB Pr 0, Tkls 2, Asst 0, MT 1
    WK 3 DNP
    WK 4 DNP
    WK 5 @PIT: S DLE Snaps 67/ Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 1, QB Pr 0, Tkls 3, Asst 1, MT 0
    WK 6 v NO: S DLE Snaps 70/ Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 0, Tkls 3, Asst 1, MT 0
    WK 7 v STL: S DLE Snaps 70/ Pen 0, QB Sk 1, QB Ht 1, QB Pr 1, Tkls 3, Asst 0, MT 0
    WK 8 BYE
    WK 9 DNP
    WK 10 DNP
    WK 11 v CHI: S DLE Snaps 69/ Pen 0, QB Sk 3, QB Ht 1, QB Pr 1, Tkls 3, Asst 0, MT 0
    WK 12 @ STL: S DLE Snaps 78/ Pen 0, QB Sk 3, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 1, Tkls 3, Asst 0, MT 0
    WK 13 @ PHI: S DLE Snaps 73/ Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 3, QB Pr 1, Tkls 1, Asst 1, MT 1
    WK 14 DNP
    WK 15 DNP
    WK 16 DNP
    WK 17 DNP
    WC v DC: S DLE Snaps 82/ Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 4, QB Pr 4, Tkls 5, Asst 2, MT 0
    DP @ GB: S DLE Snaps 60/ Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 0, Tkls 0, Asst 0, MT 0

    2008 Overall Rk 23rd of 144, Pass-Rush Rk 26th of 144, Cover Rk 9th of 144, Run 89th of 144
    WK 1 @BUF: S DLE Snaps 46 / 61 Pen 0, QB Sk 1, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 2, Tkls 2, Asst 1, MT 0
    WK 2 v SF: S DLE Snaps 66 / 76 Pen 0, QB Sk 2, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 4, Tkls 2, Asst 1, MT 0
    WK 3 v STL: S DLE Snaps 46 / 58 Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 1, Tkls 2, Asst 1, MT 0
    WK 4 BYE
    WK 5 @NYG: S DLE Snaps 50 / 66 Pen 0, QB Sk 1, QB Ht 1, QB Pr 0, Tkls 2, Asst 1, MT 0
    WK 6 v GB: S DLE Snaps 65 / 73 Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 1, QB Pr 2, Tkls 2, Asst 1, MT 0
    WK 7 @TB: S DLE Snaps 57 / 76 Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 4, Tkls 2, Asst 1, MT 0
    WK 8 @SF: S DLE Snaps 53 / 79 Pen 0, QB Sk 1, QB Ht 2, QB Pr 5, Tkls 2, Asst 1, MT 0
    WK 9 DNP
    WK 10 DNP
    WK 11 DNP
    WK 12 DNP
    WK 13 DNP
    WK 14 DNP
    WK 15 DNP
    WK 16 DNP
    WK 17 DNP

    2009 Overall Rk 125th of 133, Pass-Rush Rk 119th of 133, Cover Rk 7th of 133, Run 118th of 133
    WK 1 v STL: S DRE Snaps 43 / 65 Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 0, Tkls 2, Asst 1, MT 0
    WK 2 @SF: S DRE Snaps 51 / 64 Pen 0, QB Sk 1, QB Ht 2, QB Pr 0, Tkls 2, Asst 0, MT 0
    WK 3 v CHI: S DRE Snaps 51 / 62 Pen 1, QB Sk 1, QB Ht 1, QB Pr 1, Tkls 2, Asst 1, MT 0
    WK 4 @IND: S DRE Snaps 46 / 68 Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 0, Tkls 2, Asst 0, MT 0
    WK 5 DNP
    WK 6 v AZ: S DRE Snaps 29 / 79 Pen 1, QB Sk 2, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 0, Tkls 0, Asst 0, MT 0
    WK 7 BYE
    WK 8 @DAL: P DLE Snaps 30 / 73 Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 0, Tkls 0, Asst 0, MT 0
    WK 9 v DET: S DLE Snaps 55 / 71 Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 4, Tkls 2, Asst 0, MT 0
    WK 10 @AZ: S DLE Snaps 48 / 72 Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 1, QB Pr 0, Tkls 0, Asst 0, MT 0
    WK 11 @MIN: S DLE Snaps 48 / 80 Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 1, QB Pr 0, Tkls 3, Asst 0, MT 0
    WK 12 @STL: S DLE Snaps 61 / 84 Pen 1, QB Sk 1, QB Ht 3, QB Pr 5, Tkls 3, Asst 0, MT 0
    WK 13 v SF: S DLE Snaps 51 / 62 Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 4, Tkls 0, Asst 0, MT 0
    WK 14 @HOU: S DLE Snaps 50 / 69 Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 1, Tkls 1, Asst 1, MT 0
    WK 15 v TB: S DLE Snaps 54 / 65 Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 0, Tkls 3, Asst 1, MT 0
    WK 16 @ GB: S DLE Snaps 51 / 69 Pen 1, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 2, QB Pr 3, Tkls 2, Asst 2, MT 0
    WK 17 v TEN: S DLE Snaps 55 / 68 Pen 0, QB Sk 0, QB Ht 0, QB Pr 1, Tkls 1, Asst 0, MT 1

    Kerney has been getting better in coverage, worse in everything else.

  22. SharkHawk says:

    Grant Wistrom was never “great” or even “temporarily great”. He was a flameout coming out of the draft and NEVER reached his potential. He happened to come from a team that beat us pretty badly, so Whitsitt thought he was a must have. He did nothing for the Hawks.

    Comparing him with Kerney is foolish. Kerney was every bit the defensive player of the year a couple of years ago for the Hawks and probably the best defender in the league that year. He was absolutely unstoppable. Wistrom was ALWAYS stoppable. He had how many sacks as a Seahawk? My guess is less total than Kerney had in his first year as a hawk. Bad comparison. Just because they are undersized (meaning speed) DE’s that signed big contracts does not make them comparable. Kerney was great, Wistrom was lazy and he sucked.

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