Teams can begin adding franchise tags to their own players that are entering free agency that they want to keep in the fold. However, I would be surprised if the Seattle Seahawks franchised anyone during the two-week window.
Wide receiver Nate Burleson and kicker Olindo Mare I think would be the only likely candidates. But I don’t think the Seahawks will franchise Burleson at a price tag of $9,521,000 for receivers.
Burleson made $3.25 million last season, and was due to make the same this year, but took a player option in his contract that made him a free agent.
Mare would cost Seattle $2,814,000 as a kicker. He made 21 straight field goals last season and proved to be an effective kicker in the rain and wind at Qwest Field. But Mare turns 37 in June.
Mare made $1.5 million last season.
Another player Seattle could consider franchising is defensive lineman Cory Redding, who made $2 million last season. The tag for defensive tackles is $7 million
The deadline for applying the franchise tag is Feb. 25.
Both Burleson and Mare have said they would like to remain in Seattle, while Redding has indicated he’s open to testing the waters.
McDonald is a three-year veteran of the Canadian Football League, who had tryouts with the New Orleans Saints in 2007 and the Carolina Panthers last season.
Overton had a cup of coffee with the Seahawks in 2007. The Seahawks used long snappers Kevin Houser and Jeff Robinson last season, but neither is under contract for this year. The Seahawks have not confirmed the signings.
Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post says to expect more trades this season as teams try to get creative in order to add new talent.
The new Seahawks coaching staff took a tour of Qwest Field this week.
Charles Davis and Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network discuss the top receivers coming out in this year’s draft, which includes two sleepers n Jordan Shipley of Texas and Dexter McCluster out of Ole Miss.
Former Seahawks offensive coordinator Gil Haskell joins Mike Holmgren in Cleveland as his senior advisor and right-hand man.
It looks like the Rams are staying put. According to this report from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rams owners Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez have entered into a signed agreement to sell their 60 percent interest in the team to Shahid Khan. According to the report, Khan is the president of Flex-N-Gate Corp., an auto-parts manufacturer based in Urbana, Ill. Khan has lived in the Champaign-Urbana area for more than 40 years, and likely would work to keep the Rams in St. Louis.
If the sale goes through, it appears Jacksonville, Minnesota and Buffalo become the next targets Los Angeles will pursue to bring a team back out West.
This is good news for St. Louis Rams fans. Unlike Howard Schultz with the departed Sonics, at least the Rams ownership group was patient enough to wait for an ownership group willing to keep the Rams in St. Louis.