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Archives: March 2011


Scouts out in force for Locker

Just received a call from Don Ruiz, who is covering the UW pro day that features quarterback Jake Locker. It’s over, and he’ll have more details shortly.

Some 200 scouts and media were there to see Locker go through his paces. Among those spotted were Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and former UW caoch turned Browns assistant Keith Gilbertson.

Locker connected on 38 of 40 passes. The two that were incomplete were on deeper slant patterns.

Locker said it was his best performance in front of scouts, something Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian agreed with.

Locker: “I felt like it went well.

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Morning links: Locker’s pro day

Washington QB Jake Locker (AP Photo/Denis Poroy).

Washington quarterback Jake Locker will have his pro day today at the Dempsey indoor practice facility in front of what is expected to be a full house of NFL scouts and media.

The workout begins at about 10:15 this morning, and will include linebacker Mason Foster, defensive back Nate Williams and others. Check out the full list of players who will be participating here.

Locker will throw to receiver D’Andre Goodwin and fullbacks Austin Sylvester and Dorson Boyce in a scripted, 60-throw session overseen by Washington offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Boyce will serve as more of an H-back and work the middle of the field.

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Morning links: Cruising the mock drafts

In his latest mock draft, Rob Rang of has the Seahawks selecting Wisconsin offensive lineman Gabe Carimi as a potential replacement at right tackle.

Here’s what Rang has to say:

“Pete Carroll preached a ball-control, run-heavy offense when he was hired in Seattle. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, age, injury and inexperience up front grounded their running game. They averaged only 89 rushing yards a game last season, which was 31st in the NFL. Carimi, a four-year starter at left tackle, lacks the elite athleticism to remain there in the NFL, which could push him into the second portion of the round. The 2010 Outland Trophy winner has the bulk, strength and physicality in the running game to star on the right side.”

Chad Reuter of has the Seahawks selecting Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey.

Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly has Seattle taking Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod in the first round.

Russ Lande has Seattle taking Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith at No. 25.

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Hawks pick up one compensatory pick

The NFL announced 32 compensatory picks awarded to 23 teams this year, and the Seattle Seahawks received one compensatory pick in the seventh round, 241st overall, bringing the team’s total number of selections in this year’s draft to nine eight picks.

The Panthers received the highest compensatory pick, a third rounder.
The Seahawks lost receiver Nate Burleson, defensive lineman Cory Redding and linebacker Lance Laury in free agency, but picked up tight end Chris Baker and offensive linemen Ben Hamilton and Chester Pitts.

However, Burleson signed a five-year, $25 million deal with Detroit, so amount of contract also plays a role in determining compensatory picks.

The Seahawks were one of three teams (Oakland and New Orleans were the others) to receive a compensatory pick, even though they did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year.

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Morning links: A new name for Qwest Field?

Qwest Field (AP file photo)

According to Ross Boettcher of the Omaha World-Herald (hat tip to Brian McIntyre), Qwest Field will get a new name – CenturyLink Field. According to the report, Monroe, La.-based telecommunications company CenturyLink is expected to close its $22 billion merger deal with Qwest Communications on April 1.

According to the team, they have not been notified by CenturyLink what the company’s intentions are regarding the naming of the stadium. The Seahawks contract with Qwest runs through 2014.

Here’s an excerpt of the report:

“CenturyLink’s name and green sunburst logo will replace everything — from trash cans and hand dryers, to uniforms and the giant outdoor signage — that currently carries the name “Qwest” and its “Q” emblem.

CenturyLink will pay for the expansive branding makeover, bringing a new flavor to Omaha’s skyline and name recognition to the company — something its leaders covet, since the company is mostly unknown to many Nebraskans who soon will be its customers.

All Qwest properties — including Qwest Field in Seattle, home to the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks and Major League Soccer’s Seattle Saunders, and Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho — will transition to the CenturyLink name and brand, said Danny Pate, who will serve as vice president and general manager for Nebraska operations.”

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Morning links: Hawks fueling Kolb speculation?

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated says the Seattle Seahawks are not necessarily playing down their interest in Philadelphia reserve quarterback Kevin Kolb.

The Eagles reportedly already have received an offer of a first round pick for Kolb’s services, and speculation has it that team is Seattle.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was asked about his team’s interest in Kolb during the NFL owners meeting this week, and did not flatly deny that there was any truth to the speculation that Seattle was interested in Kolb, leading Banks to believe that the Seahawks are the leader in the clubhouse.

“It’s good that people think that,” Carroll told reporters, of the rumors linking No. 25 Seattle to Kolb. “Because every opportunity that’s available, we investigate. We want to (take) every opportunity, and that’s one that’s been out there. They’ve said he’s a guy they would possibly move. So those kind of discussions, it doesn’t matter where it’s coming from, we’re trying to be privy to all of it. We just want to know what’s going on.”

“Anybody who comes through Andy’s program has been through a great system, with great coaching and leadership and direction and all of that,” Carroll went on to say. “And that adds to the value of the player, rather than (getting) a guy who’s coming fresh out of college.”

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Morning links: Kickoff proposal under scrutiny

Seattle Seahawks running back Leon Washington looks for a hole (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia).

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated takes a closer look at the league’s new kickoff proposal that came under scrutiny by NFL coaches during the owners’ meeting in New Orleans.

Banks said a possible compromise that might arise is keeping touchbacks coming out to the 20-yard line, but moving kickoffs back up to the 35-yard line (the previous spot until 1994), disallowing any wedge blocks and not allowing any cover man to line up more than five yards past the kickoff line in the name of player safety.

The league feels fewer kickoff returns and more touchbacks would drop the injury rate

Initially, the proposal included moving touchbacks to the 25-yard-line in order to limit the number of kickoffs because the league is concerned with the number of heavy collisions that take place during the play. The committee also considered eliminated kickoffs all together, which rankled several coaches.

Committee chairman Rick McKay, Atlanta Falcons team president, expects a vote on the proposal to take place some time today.

With Seattle re-signing explosive returner Leon Washington over the offseason, the Seahawks are likely in favor of keeping the rule as it is.

The league offers the transcript of the competition committee discussing the new proposal here.

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Morning links: More Kolb talk

Adam Caplan of Fox Sports takes a look at teams that would be interested in going after Philadelphia quarterback Kevin Kolb, with the Seahawks at the top of the list.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated says that Eagles head coach Andy Reid already has one team willing to give up a first-round pick for Kolb, but he’s looking for a higher draft pick. Could the Seahawks already be weighing in on Kolb?

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer talks to Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, who confirms that Philadelphia would be willing to pull the trigger on a trade for Kolb.

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