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Archives: June 2010


Hawks sign S Ellison

Seattle Seahawks safety Kevin Ellison, right, talks with teammate Josh Pinkard (AP/Ted S. Warren)

It appears safety Kevin Ellison passed a physical after all.

The Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon that they have signed the USC product

The former San Diego Charger was claimed off waivers by Seattle a week ago and then waived two days later.

Once Ellison cleared waivers, the Seahawks signed him to adjust contractual issues, according to the team’s release.

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Morning links: Still no workout scheduled for OG Pitts

Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 AM in Minnesota reports that Houston Texans free agent offensive guard Chester Pitts has not scheduled a workout for interested NFL teams.

Pitts, who is recovering from microfracture knee surgery, had indicated he planned to work out for teams that had expressed interest on July 15. However, according to the report he still is not ready to hold the workout.

Pitts visited the Seattle, San Francisco and Detroit. Philadelphia and Minnesota also reportedly are interested. Pitts indicated earlier that the Seahawks were the frontrunners. Pitts played with current Seattle offensive line coach Alex Gibbs in Houston. He started all 114 games for the Texans before injuring his knee on Sept. 20.

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Morning links: Q & A with Carroll

Jim Moore of had a 45-minute sit down with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, attempting to peel off some of the layers of Seattle’s newest head coach. It’s an interesting read, offering yet another perspective on Carroll as a person.

As always, Moore does a nice job of unearthing some nuggets of information with his sometimes offbeat but poignant questions.

Here’s an excerpt, with Moore asking Carroll about his sleep patterns:

How much sleep do you get on an average night?

“Sleep is overrated generally. I don’t sleep that well and don’t sleep that long. I value it, but it’s just not for me, though I know it’s a good thing to be rested and not sleep-deprived.

“I operate better at night than I do in the morning. My mind works better the later I go. I almost have to wait sometimes to do stuff. Creative things happen better for me later at night. I probably get about five hours a night.

“I stay up late because something might happen. If I stay up a little longer, a movie might come on or whatever, something good might happen, a phone call, I just don’t want to shut it down. It’s the same mentality as a sophomore in college. I’m afraid I might miss something, and I’m still that way.”

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Morning links: RB Washington looking to contribute

Seattle Seahawks RB Leon Washington (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Dennis Dillon of the Sporting News profiles Seattle Seahawks running back Leon Washington.

As we have reported earlier, Washington’s leg is fully healed and he should be ready to practice during team drills once training camp begins at the end of July.

Washington says that he doesn’t necessarily need to be used as a feature back, just as long as he gets his touches.

The Seahawks likely will use Washington as a third-down back early this season, then gradually integrate him into the running game with Julius Jones, Justin Forsett and Quinton Ganther. Washington believes he can be a big contributor if he’s utilized right.

“I don’t see myself carrying the ball 30 times a game,” Washington told Dillon. “but give me 12 to 15 carries and eight or nine catches, and I can have the same production as a lead back.”

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What now?

To Eric’s thorough roster update logged yesterday, I’m adding a few thoughts on how the Hawks are positioned to enter training camp. The full piece will be my Sunday column in the print edition. The many dozens of transactions have kept players on their toes and well aware of the threat of being replaced if production lags. It was an important message that was broadcast clearly.

What have the players learned about the staff thus far? Read more »


Roster Analysis

The offseason is now complete, with general manager John Schneider completing over 60 different roster transactions since taking over in January. Over half of the players currently on the team’s roster were not here a year ago. So some major transformations have taken place since head coach Pete Carroll and Schneider took over.

That said, here’s a closer look at how the 80-man roster is shaping up with about five weeks before training camp begins. Also, I updated my roster, which you can check out here.

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Report: Hawks release Ellison

According to Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, the Seattle Seahawks have released safety Kevin Ellison due to a failed physical just days after the team announced his signing.

With Ellison gone, Seattle’s situation at safety remains the same, with Earl Thomas, Lawyer Milloy, Jordan Babineaux, Kam Chancellor and Jamar Adams all competing for time.


Hawks sign DL Lewis, release DT Moen

Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon that they released defensive tackle Barrett Moen and replaced him on the roster with defensive tackle Jonathan Lewis.

Lewis was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth-round of the 2006 draft. Lewis also spent time previously in Seattle, along with Oakland, Detroit, Jacksonville and Cleveland.