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Morning links: Schneider ready to deal

Post by Eric Williams on July 19, 2011 at 8:58 am with 30 Comments »
July 19, 2011 8:59 am
In the team's draft room, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider consults with head coach Pete Carroll as the team's braintrust including senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan contemplates trade scenarios in the second round. (ROD MAR/SEATTLE SEAHAWKS)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune weighs in on Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider getting an itchy trigger finger as the NFL season appears on the brink of starting up in the next, few weeks.

Schneider and Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, responsible for making 284 roster transactions last season, have had to wait patiently for the last, four months since April’s draft in order to implement the rest of their plan to revamp this year’s roster.

But the duo should get an opportunity to become active again on Monday, the tentatively scheduled date for teams to begin signing undrafted rookie free agents and their own free agents.

Boling: “We can only imagine what degree of torment the NFL work stoppage has been for Seahawks GM John Schneider, who spent his first year with the team averaging nearly a deal a day.

“After some 280 transactions, Schneider was forced to go cold turkey when the NFL collective bargaining agreement expired in March.

“It will be interesting to discover if he developed coping mechanisms: brokering deals for neighborhood Little League teams, trying to squeeze extra bread sticks out of the pizza delivery guy. Maybe he’s been pulling night shifts as a phone solicitor.”

Clare Farnsworth of provides a meaty feature on one of the best players in franchise history in strong safety Kenny Easley, a no-brainer for the 35th anniversary team.

ESPN’s John Clayton says that New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora could be interested in joining Seattle via trade.

Take a look at Seahawks Stadium’s new paint job, with the CenturyLink logo here.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer makes a case for the Eagles to keep Kevin Kolb.

According to Pro Football Weekly, the Seahawks may not be willing to bring back defensive end Raheem Brock and safety Jordan Babineaux unless it’s at the right price.

According to this study, the Seattle Seahawks are the 77th hardest team major sports team to support out of 122 major sports franchises. The Seattle Mariners were 27th. The Washington Nationals were the hardest team to support according to the study, and the Los Angeles Lakers were the easiest.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic offers this season preview Cardinals in anticipation of the opening of training camp.

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  1. I think we would be a little lower on that study after that earthquake last year. Also, how much money did C-Link spend for Quest, it seems like they could of antied up a little more for a decent logo, that shit looks ghetto. Still looking for an XL Easley jersey if anybody has any ideas, I’m tryin’ to stay awy from those Chinese websites and I will take a used one if its in pretty good condition. For some reason, if our OL can stay injury free for the most part, I think we can have something special this year with our ground game. I’m thinkin’ earth, wind, and fire like the giants had with Jacobs, Bradshaw, and Ward. Lynch poundin the D down, Washington go nuts on the outside, and J-Force tacking advantage of a beat down, tired D, should be spectacular to watch, especially if we bring in some vets to shore it up a little more. Like everyone else, I’m also excited about the youngsters in the secondary too, but I got this crazy feeling about the Hawks run game, maybe it’s just because I’ve been so deprived these last couple of years. I hope there’s a couple of aftershocks rockin this year at Quest, I mean the Clink(gay).

  2. Thanks TruBlu….absolutely agree…the Logo is ghastly. Looks like they used a Stencil they picked up from K-mart. I just complained to on the CenturyLink website…if a few more of us do that, it should get some attention.

    Click on Feedback.

  3. fuqutribune says:

    List of important things to write to a company to cry about….#1,000,000 The way something looks on a roof. Settle down, Paul Allen’s, just have your chopper pilot fly low when you get by the stadium so that you don’t have to see it.

  4. I just got off the phone with Greg at CenturyLink (employee number 088517).

    If you call their customer service number and keep clicking zero then ask for Greg, and give the service rep his employee number, they’ll put you though to him.

    CenturyLink customer service: 1.877.290.5458

  5. SandpointHawk says:

    Lord please give us some football so we can forget about corporate logos and uniform combinations. This lock out seems to be making everything a bit weird….

  6. CL Field is part of the Seattle skyline which is important to anyone who cares about Seattle.

    Every home game telecast shows the stadium, so we’re going to see this logo all of the time. Our stadium is one of the most impressive and beautiful stadiums in the NFL, and I want to keep it that way.

  7. Greg at CenturyLink is really questioning his career choice now. Dad was right Greg, you should have gone to college. Or joined the military. Or knocked over a liquor store and gone to prison. At least you wouldn’t be answering to fanatics about the font of some letters on a building.

  8. Soggybuc says:

    Audible thats positively evil posting poor gregs #, i’ll be calling him shortly.

    Interesting point by Clayton on how the new rookie scale may actually make first round picks more valuable since they will no longer be such a huge financial gamble if your pick busts.

  9. JoSCh, FU,

    You’re both right. Who cares?! Hey, while we’re at it, let’s paint the stadium Lime Green to match our jerseys.

  10. BobbyAyala says:

    Seriously, if you care about the roof of a stadium, you need to step back and reprioritize.

  11. chuck_easton says:

    The name on the outside of the building isn’t even an issue once the games start. Except for the occasional pre-game and half time blimp shot the cameras are all INSIDE the stadium. Now if they try to paint that on the 50 yard line we will have issues.

    This is just like that tacky (IMHO) O’ Boy Oberto/ Seahawks backdrop all the press conferences are held in front of. Does it look bad? Sure. Does it take away from me listening to what the Coach or Player is saying? Not in the least.

  12. Can’t wait until we get actual football news. I am tired of all the conjecture and guesses. Its time for some real news not made up crap or back room deals

    feed us some good – REAL NEWS!!!

  13. How can the Mariners be 50 spots above the hawks? Absolutely stupid!!

  14. xcman, in that study higher is better.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    Audible – lol. Are you president of your neighborhood association? I would love to have a transcript of your initial conversation win Greg. Classic. I believe I too will give Greg a call, see what kind of headway he’s making on the re-stencilling project. (Love the passion, BTW)

  16. OOOPPS got it :)

    Also, just caught something on ESPN2 that there is a settlement in the Brady suit

  17. Nope saw it again, it is just that Jackson, and Mankins are demanding 10 million as part of the suit or no franchise tag on them

  18. Dukeshire says:

    That’s going to be interesting, to see how that plays out. I’d love Mankins to become an unrestricted FA. Seattle needs a guard and he would be a perfect fit for what they seem to be building up front. Of course, he’ll have a lot of suitors, including Miami.

  19. Assistant Vice President of our Block-watch committee — ya know, the nosy old fella who sits on his front porch complaining about the riff-raff in the neighborhood.

  20. freedom_X says:

    Let’s see if Mankins and Jackson have the guts to hold out, hold up a deal, and take the heat for damaging the 2011 season. Not to mention costing their fellow players tens, perhaps hundreds, of millions of dollars in lost income.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Here’s some really awful news.

    freedom_X – The Brady case has been settled. How would they hold up a deal for everyone else? There are only 10 named plaintiffs in that suit.

    Audible – Lol, save a seat for me. Quickly becoming one of those as well.

  22. freedom_X says:

    I wasn’t aware that it had been settled. All of the plaintiffs have agreed to drop the suit, or got the compensation they wanted in return? This is the last link I read on this:

    If the very latest news is that all lawsuits are settled, then great!

  23. Dukeshire says:

    That’s very interesting. The ticker on ESPN2 (watching World Series of Poker) stated (on a loop) several times, an agreement had been reached in the Brady case followed by the Jackson “demand” he become a UFA or compensated $10 million. Clearly, based on the link you provided, that is not the case.

    I’ll just slow down a bit until things are confirmed. Thanks…

  24. Soggybuc says:

    Yea it is a bit confusing atm. i do believe that all 10 named plaintiffs have to agree to settle the suit. hopefully the teams will agree to let them hit the FA market which seems to be the gist of their non agreement.
    AJ Smith should just let it go and let him leave if thats what he wants, same with Mankins.

  25. Let’s get Matt & Mebane done, & then worry about the rest. I’ve become convinced the salary & picks required for Kolb is too high a price.

  26. Tarcat88 says:

    Matt & Mebane should be 1a & 1b. Do not trade any early draft picks for anybody.

  27. “There won’t be much time for posturing on contracts, either. Close the deal in five minutes or move on to the next prospect. Like speed dating.”

    Schneider and Carroll are going to be out of their freakin minds the minute free agency is open for business!

    And not only that… but welcome back everyone to REAL FOOTBALL NEWS from The Big EW and Dave Boling. Oh yeah. Its about time.

  28. freedom_X says:

    General opinion is that Seattle will be eager to resign Mebane, but I don’t think that Carroll and Schneider aren’t that interested in bringing him back. Perhaps because they don’t think he’s a good fit for Carroll’s system.

    Basically, I’m getting the Josh Wilson vibe here. A player most people thought was a valuable one, but not Carroll.

    The Cole injury might change the dynamics a bit, but only if Seattle’s Mebane’s 1st choice. If Seattle isn’t Mebane’s preference, then it’s still up to the highest bidder. Even if Seattle raises their offer, I don’t know that they’ll be willing to be the top bidder for Mebane even considering Cole’s surgery.

  29. I wouldn’t mind seeing Mebane move back to NT (or nose guard).

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