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Archives: July 2010

July
31st

Safety Earl Thomas signs 5-year, $21 M deal

The Seahawks announced that the team had come to an agreement on a contract with 21-year-old rookie safety Earl Thomas.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is reporting it’s a five-year deal worth $21.1 million, with $12.32 guaranteed.

Last year’s 14th overall pick, New Orleans cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, signed a five-year $19 million deal with $11 million in guarantees, so Thomas got a nice bump up from last year’s slot.

“Thank u jesus the deal is finally done bout to go sign the paperwork now….owww let’s do it,”

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July
31st

Carroll: Okung, Thomas need to get in camp ASAP


Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll gets the crowd going at practice today (AP Photo/John Froschauer).

The second practice this afternoon was a bit subdued compared to the intensity of the early practice.

Several veterans sat out this morning as a preventative measure, including offensive tackle Ray Willis, wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch, as did quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

Linebacker Lofa Tatupu also was limited in play this afternoon. And rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond also is on a one-a-day schedule in terms of full practice regimen.

With Tatupu out, Hawthorne moved to middle backer and Will Herring came in to play weak-side backer.

Also, Carroll said he’s been monitoring the negotiations between the team and first-round draft picks Russell Okung and Earl Thomas, and would like them in as soon as possible.

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July
31st

Pads pop on opening day of training camp

The talk after practice was level of hitting for a first practice, as the team donned shoulder pads to open things up, which is unusual. Usually coaches go jerseys and shorts and kind of ease players into the contact.

“We practiced pretty hard this offseason,” Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “The OTAs and those practices were pretty intense, no pads. This is the first chance to get some kind of pads on. Up front it’s pretty much live anyway. The difference really is for the runners, the tight ends and the receivers. And Alex Gibbs was probably the happiest person to finally see those guys hit and get tackled.”

As expected, play was intense but a little sloppy. There were several dropped balls by receivers, and the running backs put the ball on the ground a couple times. We saw some fumbled handoffs and Charlie Whitehurst stumbled and fell during his back peddle on a passing play during team drills

But overall the effort was good and guys appeared excited to finally be out on the field, with the public watching practice and 60s Oldies blaring from the speakers on the berm.

Head coach Pete Carroll came out early to get fans excited for training camp.

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July
31st

Pitts, Schmitt, Pinkard on PUP list

Practice is going on right now at the VMAC, as you can see in the picture above. But I jogged inside to to blog a few notes.

Offensive lineman Chester Pitts (knee), Cornerback Josh Pinkard (unspecified) and fullback Owen Schmitt (elbow) have been placed on the active PUP list, which means they still count against the 80-man roster and can be activated at any time.

Also, T.J. Houshamandzadeh, Deion Branch, Quinton Ganther, Leon Washington, Walter Thurmond, Kevin Ellison and Leroy Hill are all suited up today.

Washington is fielding punts along with Golden Tate. Ellison is wearing No. 30.

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July
31st

WR Sean Morey retires

I was just told that WR Sean Morey has retired this morning, so the Seahawks now have 11 receivers on the roster. Morey, 34, was expected to contribute mostly on special teams, but had had issues with concussions in the past.

July
31st

Morning links: Okung, Thomas still unsigned


Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Good morning. Training camp is finally here, and will be updating the blog regularly with what is happening at the two practices today, beginning at 9 a.m.

Still no word on the Seattle Seahawks’ first-round draft selections Russell Okung and Earl Thomas signing on the dotted line this morning. However, 17 of the 32 first-round deals are done, including Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams at No. 4, Kansas City safety Eric Berry at No. 5 and Philadelphia defensive end Brandon Graham at No.
13.

From what I’ve been told, both agents are working diligently to get them both in camp by today, so we’ll see what happens. We all know it took linebacker Aaron Curry, the fourth overall selection in last year’s draft, eight days before he reported to training camp last season, but I don’t expect the same thing here.

My story today offers a look at the main storylines heading into training camp.

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July
30th

Seahawks Insider chat transcipt

There’s a lot to talk about, so we’ll get started at 9:30.

July
29th

Hawk bites: Score early and often

Offensively, the Seattle Seahawks struggled in a lot of different areas last season . But one thing they consistently failed to do in 2009 was score early in games, putting their defense in bad situations and limiting the types of plays offensive coordinator Greg Knapp could call because of the Seahawks repeatedly falling behind.

Seattle was outscored in the first quarter by a combined total of 100 to 37 in 2009, finishing fifth-worst in the league in this category.

Teams like Philadelphia, Green Bay, San Diego, New England and Dallas finished in the top five in the league in first

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