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Morning links: No franchise tag for Hawks

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 24, 2011 at 7:42 am with 5 Comments »
February 24, 2011 7:42 am
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey talks to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday.

We’re off and running here at the NFL Scouting combine here in Indianapolis.

I’ve been told the Seattle Seahawks will not be using the franchise tag for the first time in four years. Today is the deadline to apply the franchise tag for the league

Last season, Seattle franchised kicker Olindo Mare at a $2.8 million price tag. This season, only Mare made any sense in terms of the team franchising him, which would have been a projected $3.1 million.

Currently 12 teams have used the franchise tag so far this year.

Mare was solid again last season, but will turn 38 years old in June, and the Seahawks may be looking to get younger at that position.

My story today focuses on the importance of the combine workout for Washington quarterback Jake Locker, along with highlighting other local prospects here in Indianapolis.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune says it’s important for Seahawks’ brass to trust their eyes and not fall in love with a player’s numbers at the combine.

Doug Farrar of offers five defensive players at the combine Seattle might be interested in.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports writes that Auburn quarterback Cam Newton’s latest comments should send off alarm bells for NFL general managers.

More Judge: He provides the biggest QB busts in the history of league, and wonders if Newton will add his name to this list. is running a live combine blog with up-to-the-minute updates of what is happening here.

Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for, is doing the same thing here.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I’m not terribly surprised that the ‘Hawks aren’t using the FT this season. As much as I’d like to see Mebane back for example, $7 mil is just too much for ’11.

    Kudos to Rang. Very nice combine update blog. I’ll be checking in regularly.

  2. SeahawkFan12 says:

    I’m not at all surprised by Newton’s comments. This is what I’ve been saying in regards to any comparison I’ve made to him and JaMarcus Russell. If I’m a GM, I’m concerned. If I’m John Schneider, I’m glad he’ll be gone by the time I draft Pouncey at 25.

  3. Sure hope possibly losing Mare doesn’t come back to bite us…. I can see the Mebane amount being a stretch….. Key is, we can’t ‘afford’ to lose these guys from our uniform right now….. Can’t rebuild if ya can’t keep the ones that are performing….

  4. Draft coverage just gets better every year. Thanks Eric, and kudos to Rob Rang.

    Great to see the offensive linemen featured first at the combine on NFL net today. Now that’s putting first things first! :-)

    With all the combine hype we’ll be getting over the next days and weeks, I thought this article by Gil Brandt, one of the true old pros, was refreshing. He says that at the combine, the personal interviews are very important, the physicals with doctors are important, and the rest, is, well, overrated. He provides a chart of “minimum measurables” he looked for players to meet at the combine, and after that little box was checked he went back to watching film to evaluate the players.

    (and we should ask Al Davis how well drafting the biggest fastest workout warriors every year has worked out for him. :-)

  5. Hopefully they can/will re-sign Mare even without the FT

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