Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune catches up with Seattle Seahawks tight end and Minnesota native John Carlson. (hat tip to Brian McIntyre)
Carlson says he has fully recovered from a concussion he suffered in the NFC playeroffs against Chicago. And he weighs in on his workout partner, Matt Hasselbeck’s future in Seattle.
“The lockout has been unfortunate for us because of Matt’s situation and the fact we also have a new offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, who came over from the Vikes,” Carlson said. “I really hope Matt comes back because he knows the Darrell Bevell West Coast system from all those years under Mike Holmgren.
“But the thing is I have absolutely no idea if Matt will be back or not. Like everything else, it’s just wait and see.”
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports provides a wrap-up of the second day of player-led workouts by the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Washington, including interviews with Mike Williams and Matt Hasselbeck.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald checks in with Deon Butler and how he’s recovering from a broken leg last season.
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes that because of the lockout dragging on, Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier is contemplating bringing a veteran quarterback in to help ease the transition for first-round pick Christian Ponder.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Report provides an overview of Friday’s court proceedings in St. Louis between NFL owners and players.
Ray Ratto of CBS Sports pens a column definitely worth reading this morning. Ratto throw cold water on those believing a settlement could be close at hand, saying the labor dispute is far from over and that the small-market owners ultimately will be the ones who decide when this thing gets settled.
“So while the 8th Circuit Court hears arguments Friday before re-re-affirming themselves, and the candle in the window of the not-secret secret meeting between representatives of the two sides slowly flickers, the truth is this:
“We have a long, long way to go with this, and the key will not be when the players collapse (that day has already passed, really), but when the owners turn on themselves and argue about what kind of course correction they’ll have to make among themselves when the time actually comes to discuss ratification of an agreement.
“In other words, this whole lot of no fun is going to stay a whole lot of no fun, and you shouldn’t be fooled by ‘Well, at least they’re talking’ shots in the dark. It’s the fifth inning, which is still not long enough for a starting pitcher from either side to get a win. Buy a beer and a brat. It’ll make the time go faster.”
Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders reviews the top five quarterbacks in Seahawks’ history.