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WR Ben Obomanu signs a 3-year extension

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm with 49 Comments »
January 14, 2011 2:12 pm
Seattle Seahawks receiver Ben Obomanu (AP photo).

Looks like Seattle has it’s receiver duo locked up for the next, couple years. And all the hard work has paid off for wide receiver Ben Obomanu. The Seahawks announced that the 27-year-old has signed a three-year extension today.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The fifth-year pro annually struggled to make the roster, but this season cracked the starting lineup and had his best season as a pro, finishing with 30 receptions for 494 yards and a team-high four touchdowns this season.

Obomanu’s 16.5 per catch average was among the league leaders with players with at least 30 catches.

Obomanu also played through pain this season, suffering a deep cut on his right hand that required several stitches but only forced him to miss one game. Obomanu also returned to the game against New Orleans last week after dislocating his shoulder.

Obomanu is the second Seattle player to sign a deal, with Mike Williams inking a three-year, $11.8 million deal at the end of the regular season.

Obomanu has a base salary of $1.1 million in 2010.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Well deserving!

  2. krisboose says:

    Always liked Obo…great news! Keep the good energies coming Hawks!

  3. I’m so glad this organization is resigning those young(er) players who has seen an increasingly important role this season. I’m so glad that Obomanu finally got his chance/break through, he’s been on this team, what? five years now? and he’s always stayed humble, hasn’t complained about lacking playtime, always fighting for his spot on this roster, those are the personalities I want this team to be build around, the Mike Williams’ and Ben Obomanu’s of the world, guys who have faced a little adversity are good to have, and hopefully they can teach the younger guys something about that. Carroll and Schneider are really coming through in every aspect of the game, drafting, free agency, roster moves and now, playoffs, this is a franchise on the right track.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    This is great news. Well deserved, indeed.

  5. chrisj122 says:

    It’s only the right thing to do, after all the guy almost lost a finger making a catch across the middle and held on to the ball for a big first down.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Washington next! Then Matt.

  7. chrisj122 says:

    sounds like Lovie Smith is taking a little swipe at Pete Carroll in this article.

  8. SandpointHawk says:

    Where is the like button.. this guy comes ready to play football every week…..
    Go Seahawks !!!!!

  9. I love this move. Not only is he a solid player/team guy – – but, coming after he played through a separated shoulder, it sends a real message. Give your all to this team – and the team will take care of you.

    And I love that they did it now, before season’s end, b/c it gives the team a good feeling, and the players’ even more inentive.

    We may be at the start of a good run here . . . and Seattle sports damn well deserves it after the crap we’ve been through lately.

  10. Great!

    Next re-sign Mebane, Washington, Spencer, and Hasselbeck.

  11. SeahawkFan12 says:

    NICE! Love this signing! I agree with Stevos…not necessarily in that order but those 4 would be great re-signs.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    That’s right pdway!

    I feel like I have been stuck on a chicken farm knee deep in crap for the last few years with Seattle sports!

  13. Excellent move – now we need a 100 yard game out of “Big Play Ben” this weekend.

  14. You mean knee deep in Seahawk Sh*$, don’t you?! C’mon man, calling us chickens is just fowl!

  15. The Hawks have a higher opinion of Obo than I do.

  16. bird_spit says:

    Obo, one of my favorite hawks for his continuous hussle on special teams, and that freakin end around play his rookie year. He definitely had a break out year in 2010, that fans knew to expect if the hawks would just stick with him.

    Congrats Hawks for making a great move.

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Just so many chicken farms around Georgia that ” it’s always on my mind”.

  18. You may not like him, but you gotta agree it’s fun to say his name….

    Whoa, can you imagine if Ben and Lofa got married? ObomanuTutupuOsisopo

  19. Soggybuc says:

    If we can get butler back healthy next year I like what we have going in to 2011.
    Tate needs to take lesson from Obo about hard work and success in the NFL.

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:


    I think you live in Minnesota, what is your scouting report on the Bears?

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Lol. I know what you’re getting at, but that reads pretty funny. It’s a bit like asking someone on Oklahoma what their take on the Saints is. ;)

  22. BobbyK could live in Cancun, and he’d still have a scouting report on the Bears.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Speaking of scouting reports, how about the Seahawks? Gotta be the most difficult team to evaluate at this point in the NFL.

    They are kind of like bondo or epoxy. You mix it all together and you wait for something to happen. You wait and wait and then all of a sudden it goes from soft to hard!

  24. “You wait and wait and then all of a sudden it goes from soft to hard!”

    Are we talking about the Seahawks or the Seagals?!

  25. GeorgiaHawk says:
  26. Hey, GH…you bring a cool element to this blog. Wish there were more like you!

  27. This kid in Tacoma got sent home for wearing a Stealer’s jersey on Seahawks day at school: Apparently, the principal watched that Superbowl! lol

  28. GriffinNW says:


  29. The only Bears game that I watched for a full 4 quarters this past season was the Seahawks game. One school of thought is that the Bears pass protection magically got better after our game, but another is that the Bears actually got a run game going (which made defenses respect it and not allow as many up field rushes towards Jay Crybaby) after our game too.

    Bears fans are thankful we are still playing and are the worst team left in this field of eight. Personally, I’m happy we’re playing, IMO, the crappiest team reamaining in the field of eight. lol

    A day and a half away!!!

    Good to see Obo resigned.

  30. Yolohawk says:

    I live in Yolo county NoCA. Not only am I dealing with the Raydur-nation but the 9er fans on a daily basis.
    Today one of the neighbors on my street let me know that she is born and raised a Bears fan and she proceeded to try to get (from me) a little “shakey” voice and build her confidence. Nothing doing!
    We just brought down the champs, and why would a Bear fan think it couldn’t happen to them.
    She got my phone # to talk trash during the game and yes,,,, there is beer on the line.
    I’m not expecting a call on Sunday unless it’s to tell me to come pick up my beer.

  31. vichawkfan says:

    Bears were 4-1 (realistic 3-2 because of the Calvin TD botch call) when we faced them week 6. Buzz all around them at the time. My only concern this weekend is can Seattle maintain the intensity after such a massive win.
    Eric, any read on the team this week and if so, similar to last week or more relaxed?

  32. IdahoHawk says:

    The bottom line. IF THE HAWKS CAN RUN THE BALL. HAWKS WIN. If you look back at all the games this season at halftime where close. Offense doesn’t to crap deffense gets tired and and next thing you know blow out seattle losses. TIME OF PES.

  33. Dukeshire says:

    Wow. I have a lot of respect for that 13 year old Steelers fan. Take the jersey off and put the uniform on or face discipline. Home he went. Granted, I really respect the school’s stance (lol) but if I was that kids father, I would be so proud.

  34. I hate to disappoint all of you hoping for an NFC championship game in Qwest, but it’s just not going to happen.

    Yes, it’s going to be Seahawks at Falcons next Sunday. That’s my prediction. But I will be rooting for the Packers.

  35. I would agree with you Duke, except it’s obvious the poor kid is misguided and totally confused.

  36. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I hope it wasn’t a toothlessraper jersey!?

  37. I like what Don Banks of has to say (except he gave Forsett’s stats to Lynch):

    “The Seahawks have to be considered dangerous at this point. They’re playing with house money, and they have the relaxed and confident demeanor of a team that knows it’s all gravy at this point. Having nothing to lose is a cliché that just might fit in the case of Seattle. The Seahawks are already through the looking glass, so why not continue their wild ride?

    And Seattle does have some reason to believe things might continue to go its way this week at the Bears. The Seahawks won 23-20 at Chicago in Week 6, and it was Seattle’s most complete victory of the season before last week’s upset of New Orleans. Seattle sacked Jay Cutler six times and stoned the Bears on third down (0 of 12). Receiver Mike Williams torched Chicago’s secondary with 10 receptions for 123 yards, and Marshawn Lynch made his Seahawks’ debut with a 6.7 average rush. All in all, it was a pretty good day.”

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  38. Man, pretty much all great comments, you guys on this blog rock. Being another transplant, born and raised in the Pac Northwest and now dwelling the Tucson, I love that finally I can watch some games on TV baby, and oh yeah, I’m stoked as hell there is Seahawks game this Sunday.

    See, We gave Pete and chance and bam, GO HAWKS AND CRUSH the bears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Oh yeah, Thanks Eric for all the awesome work this season. You keep all us Seahawk fans up on things we’d have no idea about unless you reported them. Honestly Man, thanks, it’s easy in this day to forget how connected we’ve all become through technology and how impossible it would be for me to follow the Hawks in Arizona without such noble men as yourself.

    GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

  40. GB almost beat the Falcons this year when they played in the ATL.
    I expect ATL to be a little flat after taking a week off and lose this time..
    (the Bears too)

  41. Good point moc,

    What is the record after a bye week for playoff teams?

    I remember someone saying that teams do come out flat and lose more often than you would expect after the bye week?

    Anyone got some numbers to back that up?

  42. Just watched ‘inside the nfl’ and JB tried to coin a nickname for Lynch.
    The Earthquake. (becuz of the tremor the 12th man caused during his run)

    Do you think earthquake would stick? I don’t think it would.
    Is the run just nicknamed ‘the run’ ?
    I like ‘the tremor’..


    Since the league went to 12 playoff teams in 1990, — gave the top two seeds in each conference first-round byes — the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds are 60-20 (.750) in their first playoff game. However since 2005, the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds are just 10-10 (.500) in the divisional playoff round.

  44. seahawklovertoo says:

    Playcalling will be huge ( as always);if we can’t make first downs relatively easy,then I’d like to see some long bombs down the field just to keep the Bear D honest and guessing.
    Obo was awesome this year playing through injuries and all… Yesterday I checked the names we got on the IR and there are some good players that would be contributing right now if healthy ( minus Leroy and the two RBs)
    GO ‘HAWKS !

  45. montanahawk says:

    I’m not sure what name one could tack on to Beast Mode regarding his tremor-like ramble to the end zone but the song behind it could be: ” I feel the earth move under my feet, I feel the sky come tumbling down…” However, Carol King’s slow vocal version that made that song popular doesn’t seem that fitting of a choice unless someone were to revamp it.

  46. I really wish we were playing today!

    I know the Falcons beat the Packers on a late FG in the regular season, but I almost think the Packers are the better team at this point in the season. I’m actually more afraid of them than the Falcons (and it’s not because I think the Falcons are bad). If we can pull off the Bears game, we’ll definitely have to beat a quality team next weekend regardless.

    Either way, I’m enjoying the ride! Draft pick position cannot compensate the excitement of a late play-off run!

  47. Dukeshire says:

    I totally agree. I think the Packers are the best team left in the NFC. They would be a much more difficult match-up for the ‘Hawks than the Falcons would be, IMO. But, first things first…

    And yes, I too wish we were playing today. I’ll be very happy tomorrow at this time, I’ve had two fitful nights sleep back to back, lol.

  48. montanahawk says:

    Thanks mocarob. Not bad. Definitely more up beat.
    Not sure it would fit Marshawn tho’. Too bad The Black Eyed Peas or Taio Cruz don’t get ahold of that one.

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