Our own Dave Boling of The News Tribune chronicles the rapid-fire moves the Seattle Seahawks continue to make as head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider look to remake the franchise.
The devaluation of the prior regime’s talent continues – as if anybody needed further proof the team had subpar talent.
Shipped out are a first-round pick (Lawrence Jackson), a second-round pick (Josh Wilson) and now the highest-priced free agent (Houshmandzadeh).
Fans may fairly question whether this is churn just to make waves or is actually paddling in a planned direction.
It seems as if perhaps they’re operating on a theme rather than a specific plan: They want their guys. Guys who not only fit their vision of the Seahawks of the future, but who also share that vision. The catch phrase is that they want guys who “buy in.”
Here’s my story from a busy Saturday. Only 30 players remain from last year’s roster.
Brian McIntyre, who did an awesome job keeping up with the roster moves around the league on Saturday, will be doing the same thing with the practice squads around the league today at Mac’s Football Blog.
ESPN’s Mike Sando details the Seattle players eligible for the practice squad. Jamar Adams and Amon Gordon are surprises here.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports reports that according to persons close to the team the Seahawks will not pursue free agent quarterback Matt Leinart. I tend to agree with this assessment. They’ve invested a lot of money in Whitehurst, and so far Pete Carroll has been pleased with his play.
Also consider this: The Arizona Cardinals reportedly pursued Whitehurst hard in the offseason, and now we understand why. Whitehurst could have been the starter in Arizona instead of Derek Anderson had things worked out for the Cardinals.
More Judge: He chronicles the winners and losers on final cut day. Seattle’s Mike Williams, Derek Anderson, Sage Rosenfels and Patrick Crayton are winners. Matt Lienart,, Vincent Jackson, the Denver Broncos, Paul Allen and the Seattle Seahawks are some of the losers.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated says Houshmandzadeh made a poor decision in heading to Seattle in free agency last year.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com offers his thoughts on the Seahawks 53-man roster here.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com reports on offensive line coach Alex Gibbs’ decision to step down.
Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that there are strong indications that Houshmandzadeh wants to play for Minnesota, but that his representative will weigh offers from other teams before making their decision.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the Chargers still control receiver Vincent Jackson, and that he will have to sit out at least the first six games of the season. I think the ship has sailed in terms of Jackson coming to Seattle this season.