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Archives: Aug. 2010

Aug.
31st

Schneider on Wilson trade: A deal the Hawks couldn’t pass up

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider addressed reporters here at the VMAC this afternoon on the roster moves they made today.

Carroll began by stating this is one of the busiest times of the year in terms of roster movement with teams around the league working to upgrade the talent on their rosters as they trim down to the final 53 players.

Schneider agreed.

“This is the most difficult weekend in the year for everybody involved,” Schneider said. “For the coaches, for the players – all of these guys – and for the personnel staffs to have to go through the evaluations and address players that have worked their tails off the whole season.”

With Wilson gone, the Seahawks have a extra roster spot, and used that to sign defensive end James Wyche. At 6-foot-5, 279 pounds, Wyche appears to be a 5-tech guy for Seattle.

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Aug.
31st

Polumbus speaks, says very little

If you’re looking for an example on the closed-lipped society that is the Seattle Seahawks offensive line, check out the video above.

We asked to talk to the team’s latest addition, offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus and he obliged, not fully understanding that Alex Gibbs is this team’s offensive line coach, and the motto in Seahawks’ land as far as offensive linemen go is less is more in terms of talking to reporters.

Offensive guard Ben Hamilton reminded Polumbus of this as he left the field. And then rookie Russell Okung took matters into his own hands, playfully tugging Polumbus toward the locker room midway through our interview.

Polumbus was allowed to come back and finish his talk with reporters minutes later. But he obviously had been well schooled, and did not have much to say.

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Aug.
31st

Confirmed: Hawks send CB Wilson to Ravens

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Seattle Seahawks have sent cornerback Josh Wilson to the Baltimore Ravens for a conditional fifth-round pick.

UPDATE: The Seahawks just confirmed the move, stating the team traded Wilson to Baltimore for a conditional 2011 choice. It’s being reported the pick is a fourth or fifth rounder.

The Seahawks have not confirmed this move yet, but there has been speculation that a defensive back from Seattle could be headed to Baltimore. Most of that speculation had involved Kelly Jennings.

This move certainly comes as a surprise. But Seattle must feel comfortable with

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Aug.
31st

N.Y. Jets claim DE Ricky Foley

Looks like former CFL star Ricky Foley, released by the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, found a soft landing in the Big Apple. Foley’s agent, Paul Sheehy announced that Foley has been picked up by the New York Jets.

A focus of the NFL Network’s “On the Fringe” segment, Foley now finds himself a part of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

Foley had worked out for New York Jets in April. He’ll likely play outside backer in the Jets’ 3-4 scheme. New York also had injury issues, with outside linebacker Calvin Pace suffering a foot injury

Aug.
31st

Report: Hawks trade for OT Polumbus

The Seattle Seahawks missed him on the waiver wire, but made a deal to bring offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus into the fold. (Hat tip to Brian McIntyre of Scout.com).

According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, the Seahawks traded for Polumbus but it is unknown what the Seahawks gave up in return.

Polumbus was recently released by the Denver Broncos, where he played for offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates in 2008.

The Seahawks tried to claim Polumbus off waivers, but the Lions were higher on the list because of a worse record in 2009.

At

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Aug.
31st

Morning links: Leroy Hill accepts pay reduction

First reported by ESPN’s Mike Sando, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has reportedly restructured his contract with the team, taking a significant pay cut in this year’s salary from $6 million to $2.125 million, and voiding the remaining years of his deal.

This means that the six-year pro is essentially playing for a contract again, just a year after locking up a six-year, $36 million deal that appeared to set him up for life.

Hill did receive a $2 million signing bonus and $5 million base salary in 2009, but will not receive the final four years and $20 million due in the original contract.

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Aug.
31st

Quick hitter on Leroy

Just saw the item on Leroy Hill and the reported restructuring of his contract to stay with the Hawks. This one is from Mike Sando on ESPN.com. I’m sure Eric will check in with greater detail and specifics later. But this for right now: When linebackers learn the game, one of the first things they’re taught is “leverage.” You play the game inside-out, you force your opponent in the direction you want him to go to reduce his options. In a business sense, Hill did not learn this lesson. His off-field issues, his missing of camp and OTAs, etc.,

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Aug.
31st

Not just a snap

Somebody had asked about the long-snapping for the Hawks and I tried to go back through the tape and chart each one, but I apparently DVR-ed it on the wrong cable box and the Minnesota game was not there. Sorry. In a general sense, my impression as I watched the game was the same as I’ve had during the rest of the preseason, Clint Gresham is not consistent enough. Read more »