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Commissioner Goodell: “Football is back”

Post by Eric Williams on July 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm with 58 Comments »
July 25, 2011 12:55 pm
New England Patriots football owner Robert Kraft owner, left, is hugged by Jeff Saturday of the Indianapolis Colt during a news conference at the NFL Players Association in Washington, Monday, July 25, 2011, After the NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps voted unanimously Monday to approve the terms of a deal with owners to the end the 4-month lockout. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The National Football League Players Association made it official this morning, announcing that the league and the players had agreed to a settlement agreement and a new CBA.

The news conference included NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith and league commissioner Roger Goodell standing together at the podium.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Goodell said. “Football is back and that’s the good news.”

Albert Breer of has the full report here. The deal is for 10 years, with no opt-out.

An emotional New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who recently lost his wife Myra to cancer, apologized to fans for the lockout.

Indianapolis colts center Jeff Saturday then stepped forward and thanked Kraft for taking the time to help negotiate the deal, even why his wife was battling the final stages of cancer, and said that Kraft was the man who saved football.

Saturday consoled a teary Kraft at the podium.

So what does this mean for the Seattle Seahawks moving forward? Here’s the latest timeline.

Today, 3 p.m. Pacific time: The league will release an official free agent list.

Tuesday, 7 a.m. Pacific time: Teams can sign undrafted rookie free agents and rookie draft picks. Seahawks facilities are open to players under contract. Teams can also begin to negotiate with their own free agents and unrestricted free agents from other teams. However, teams can’t sign unrestricted free agents until Friday.

Wednesday: The Seahawks could begin training camp, although they were initially scheduled to open camp this weekend.

Thursday, 1:01 p.m. Pacific time: The league waiver wire returns, and teams can’t release players and terminate contracts.

Friday, 3 p.m. Pacific time: Teams can sign unrestricted free agents.

Aug. 4: League year begins.

Leave a comment Comments → 58
  1. SandpointHawk says:

    Lets play some football…..

  2. orbeavhawk says:

    PLEASE – re-sign MATT !!!!!

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I second that orbeavhawk!

  4. Priority No#1 – Competition for Clipboard Charlie!

    I’m still undecided on Hass coming back, not sure if we would be better moving on – but wouldn’t be upset if he returned on a 2 year deal. Tavaris Jackson intrigues me but has only shown wasted potential so far. Not sold on Leinart at all. Vince Young maybe a good project for Pete Carroll but Schneider did say he didn’t want that sort of personaliity in his team right now when CB Smith was available in the draft – maybe the same thoughts with Young? Did I hear Marshawn Lynch’s cousin – Josh Johnson was a free agent? Another young, mobile QB who might intrigue Carroll???

    Priority No#2 – Find the last piece of our OLine.

    Sick of injury prone linemen so I would rule out Gallery unless he came cheap (which is unlikely). Clabo, Lutui and Joseph have the most upside to me, although not sure about Joseph’s durability. 2 other considerations would be Jamaal Brown and Khalif Barnes in my mind.

    Priority No#3 – DLine needs pass rush DT and backup DE.

    Mebane, Mebane, Mebane. Although I get the impression he wants to leave!?

    Cofield, MacDonald and Cullen Jenkins are the 3 that stand out to me. If we could engineer one of the big names like Ray Edwards, Charles Johnson or Auborio Franklin then great but maybe unrealistic.

    Priority #4 – Sign a player that can turn a game on it’s head.

    Reggie Bush maybe available in a trade (don’t think he’s eligable for FA is he?), Sidney Rice, Deylon Edwards has size and speed and seemed to curb the antics in New York, I know this may not be popular but I like Antonio Cromartie – may not be able to pay child support on top of his salary – but the CB is big enough to work in a press scheme and is a risk to make a play on the ball at any time!

    That’s it for me! Oh P.S. Have Leach – FB on speed dial too, Marshawn and him in the backfiled would bring the BEAST MODE every week!!!!!

  5. chuck_easton says:

    As much as I would love to have Matty back there seems to be too much out there that lends to the idea that he’s as good as gone. PLEASE let the media guys be wrong, but my spidy senses say there’s alot to this story.

    So, if he is gone why in the he double hockeysticks is there talk about Tavaris Jackson? I’d much rather have Orton or even Leinart before Jackson. Please no VY. We are trying to build up, not tear down.

    DL, DL oh and DL. Bodies since names don’t matter as long as they play DL and have had some success in the league. There’s this guy out there in FA named something like Demane or Bedane or Medane or something that just might fill the need.

    OL (now looks like just one would fill the need) Just as long as he can play LG and knows he’s coming in to be the ‘on field coach’ and can stay healthy.

    Kicker – Mare is solid. Bring him back.

    I am one that says we don’t need another CB but if we are talking luxury purchases then how bout Joseph?

    Same with WR. Not a big need but if some Porshe type guy out there with a last name that can also describe a food staple found in an Asian restaurant is available, why not?

    Team has 39 million to spend. Team needs about 38 bodies just to get to the 90 man roster. Go get em PC and Schneider!

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Hey Eric, You might need to get Dukeshire on board for awhile? He’s been on standy for about 4 1/2 months now.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Tomorrow is a huge day! We have to come out winners in this free agent frenzy!
    This could make or break our season.

  8. Finally some football this week, yeahyer.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Georgia – lol. I’m actually considering taking tomorrow off work as some sort of holiday.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Friday’s actually going to be the day. If teams can begin negotiating tomorrow at 7 but not sign UFA until Friday at 3 that lends itself to a potentially “explosive” afternoon. Flurry of activity!

    BTW, aside from an undrafted rookie they may sign, CW will be the only QB I’m camp for the first two days at least. Interesting.

  11. Heard on the radio that Mike Williams said he doesn’t think Hass will be back, hope he’s wrong, but I guess the speculation is they’re going younger.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    True, Friday will be a big day indeed! So it looks like their primary focus tomorrow would be to sign the undrafted rookies that they have targeted. Then start signing drafted rookies.
    And they have to start contacting and begin negotiating with UFAs too.
    I wonder what their game plan is for all this? Should be fun to see it unfold.

  13. chuck_easton says:

    There plan is for the entire staff to move into VMAC. Get those sleeping bags ready ladies and gentlemen, you will be working 24/7 for at least the next week.

  14. Duke,

    Here is some reading material for you tonight if you are taking tomorrow off.

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    osbrey- That’s a great list! Alot of young players out there with their fingers crossed for sure!
    Is there a limit on how many undrafted rookies that a team can sign?

  16. GA.Hawk,
    There is no limit.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    osbrey – Thanks! That’s a nice list.

    Just got home and turned on NFL Network and what do you know, actual football talk. Ahhhh, my world is beginning to make sense again. lol

  18. Dukeshire says:

    Seattle had 42 players under contract right now, I believe. They would have to sign 48 players by Wednesday to start camp with a full roster. lol Probably not going to happen…

  19. freedom_X says:

    Everything I’ve been hearing on the radio is indicating the Hasselbeck era is over. Mike Williams didn’t think Hasselbeck was going to get an offer to return. Whitehurst did an interview today on KJR where he stated the job was his (and this might be his last chance to establish himself as a starter in the NFL.) I believe Jordan Babineaux also felt Hasselbeck would not be coming back to Seattle, in an interview today.

    In the larger scope of things, it probably does make sense for the starting QB to change – everything else has from the front office all the way down – and if it weren’t for Hasselbeck’s playoff surge, it would be hard to make a case for him considering how badly he played in the 2nd half of the season. Hasselbeck also looks better as an option due to the uninspiring showing of Whitehurst.

    Iconic QB’s for a franchise rarely finish their careers in the place where they made their name. But I hoped it would have a better ending, if this is the end of the line for Hasselbeck in a Seattle uniform. We’ll see within 48 hours…

  20. Soggybuc says:

    With a rookie wage scale in place we should start seeing our draft picks signing like mad starting tomorrow as well UDFA’s. going to be a fun week indeed.

  21. OCHawkFan says:

    Was just listening to The Professor John Clayton on ESPN radio. He’s saying that Tavarus Jackson is all but signed by the Hawks. Should be an interesting QB competition in camp. You have to give the edge to Jackson given his familiarity with the offense The last couple QB’s to backup Favre havent been too bad, hopefully Jackson continues that trend.

  22. Soggybuc,

    Agents represent draft picks and they do not agree to contracts very fast at all.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Well if Hasselbeck is all but done here than go Charlie! I hope Tennessee signs Hasselbeck, it would only be a four hour drive for me to see him play.

    The more I think about it Hasselbeck has a win win situation. Tennessee or Minnesota. One has the best rb in the NFL, the other has the 2nd best rb in the NFL. They both have rookie qbs so Hasselbeck will have no threat for awhile from the backup qb. At this stage they both have better o-lines than the Seahawks and better recieving. What is for him not to like?
    Selfishly I want him to stay, however it’s a clear no brainer for him to leave. Especially if he gets a much better offer.

  24. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Does anyone know what the rookie wage scale is?

  25. The Hawks have only 12 “official UFA’s.”

    That means we have a lot of RFA’s and others.

  26. raymaines says:

    I don’t know what the rookie wage scale is, but just there is one leads me to think the rookies will be signed pretty quickly. I don’t think we’ll see any more hold outs.

  27. Dukeshire says:

    Georgia – This is the most detailed info on the rookie scale I can find;

    “3. Rookie wage scale 2.0: In 1993, owners thought they had a hard, unbreakable rookie wage system, but agents broke it by negotiating option bonuses, escalator clauses and one-time bonuses. The new rookie wage scale is supposed to cut top rookie contracts by more than 50 percent. First-round picks get four-year deals in which the club holds a fifth-year option. There are slotted four-year deals from Rounds 2 through 7. Here’s the discount. Cam Newton, the first pick in this year’s draft, would be eligible for a four-year, $22.03 million contract. If the Panthers keep him for a fifth year, his salary would be at the average of the top 10 salaries of other quarterbacks. One unique part about the new system is it should prevent long holdouts. At some point in August, unsigned draft choices lose their leverage if they aren’t signed. There is another clause that prevents draft picks from holding out after they sign. If he holds out during the deal, he is prohibited from renegotiating his contract. There is a limit to the amount of money given to rookies. The max total in 2011 is $874 million.”

  28. The12thMan says:

    I apologize if I am about to repeat opinions that have already been shared many times but I have not been keeping up with posts on this blog for a long time. I’m planning on changing that with the recent developments.

    It’s hard for me to say but I think the best move for this organization at this point is to let Hasselbeck walk. Let’s really see what we have in Whitehurst once and for all (or T. Jackson if he comes in and wins the starting job). This is the best time to let Hass walk and take this gamble because if CW or TJ flop then we likely get a pretty high draft pick in a draft that looks to have a lot of top tier QB talent. And of course if one of them shines then we can use our 1st round pick on a different position.

    That said if Hass does walk , as it is sounding like he will, it will definitely be emotionally painful to me. He has done so much for this franchise and was the leader of our team during the absolute most fun years of being a fan. Also he has always seemed to me to be a funny, likeable guy in all interviews and seemed to usually keep things light and fun for his teammates for practices, etc. I will never forget reading a story a long time ago about him getting hit by a linebacker (against the Chargers I think?), popping up right away, getting in the face of that linebacker and telling him he hits like a girl. Anyway I hope he will be remembered very fondly by the fans and I hope the organization does what it can to really honor him and show the value that he had to the Seattle Seahawks.

  29. Soggybuc says:

    i couldnt find any details on it either but thats the precise reasons agent hated the idea. it took away their power. greedy pricks have no to blame but themselves.

  30. Soggybuc says:

    *no one to blame*

  31. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks Dukeshire. Is there any way to retro that back two years for you know who?

  32. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The12thMan- I here you on Hasselbeck. Hate to lose him, but it just may be the best thing to happen for everyone involved.
    Getting old can sometimes suck, but getting old in the NFL can be more often not brutal!

  33. GeorgiaHawk says:

    more often than not brutal!

  34. I would move into the VMAC and do anything they needed for the next 2 weeks. give me meals – 10 bucks and hour and a coach for an hour or two a day and we are good to go!!

  35. ESPN reports that teams may start signing UDFA’s TONIGHT!

  36. Soggybuc says:

    Hope some gives herzliech (sp?) a shot, helluva tough kid right there.

  37. williambryan says:

    I watched some Tarvaris Jackson highlights on youtube and am very impressed. BobbyK could probably speak to this more but, I remember when the favre saga started in minnesota that the vikings players were divided in that a lot of them wanted Jackson to be the starter. I would be fine with Jackson coming here.

  38. SEA/MIN/TEN ’10 Stats (ProFootballFocus)
    Overall Offense: SEA 19th, MIN 27th, TEN 30th
    Pass Offense: SEA 20th, MIN 30th, TEN 22nd
    Pass-blkg: SEA 1st, MIN 15th, TEN 23rd
    Run Offense: SEA 13th, MIN 2nd, TEN 14th
    Run-Blkg: SEA 27th, MIN 28th, TEN 32nd
    Offensive Penalties: SEA 11th, MIN 31st, TEN 27th

  39. a couple of signings.
    Ricardo Lockette
    Jesse Hoffman
    Brent Osborne
    Jeron Johnson

  40. Scott Tolzien
    Hass going to 9ers??

  41. Dukeshire says:

    osbrey – Not exactly. Teams can agree to terms tonight but not actually sign them until tomorrow.

    Dollars to donuts Seattle has several already lined up.

  42. Steve Young also said maybe Hasselbeck to the 9ers today.

  43. OCHawkFan says:

    Not a bad haul of UDFA’s.

    Lockette looks like an athlete, ran a 4.37 40…

    Jeron Johnson is supposed to be among the better UDFAs available..

    Was hoping to get some beef for the DL. But maybe that’ll come later.

  44. Ricky Thenarse (S, Nebraska) to the Seahawks.

  45. RicardoLockette
    It feels great to be apart of the Seattle Seahawks!!!! 12th Man here I come!

  46. Dont see any more signings lately.
    cuts around the league. Todd Heap, Derek Mason. Correll Buckhalter.

  47. Looks like USC’s Michael Morgan has agreed to UDFA terms with the Seattle Seahawks

  48. chuck_easton says:


    Where’s your info on the UDFA signings go ing from? Haven’t seen any reports of signings in Seattle

  49. williambryan says:

    chuck, and anyone for that matter, I was curious where this info is coming from and so far I have found that twitter is humming with “news” who knows how accurate it will all turn out but if you go to twitter and search “seahawks” all kinds of signings and other news comes up

  50. mocarob, that Hasselbeck-to-49ers rumor is downright scary. I wouldn’t pay much heed if it wasn’t reported by Sando. I’m willing to see Matt walk away if it means we get a bunch of other good FA signings instead, but I’m not willing to see hm go to SF or AZ.

  51. Twitter.
    Stacy Andrews will be released.

  52. Seahawks sign DT Ladi Ajiboye South Carolina.

    See Signed UDFA’s

  53. Dukeshire says:

    Again, just for the sake of accuracy; no one’s been signed yet, they’ve only agreed to terms. Teams can’t actually sign players until 7 am this morning.

  54. The Denver Post reports that QB Kyle Orton is on the trading block.

  55. The Seahawks just signed DE Pierre Allen, S Jesse Hoffman East. Wash. and Doug Baldwin WR Stanford.

  56. reports Seahawks to sign FB Ryan Travis West Liberty

  57. The Seattle Times Forum reports Hawks to sign U-Conn G Zack Hurd.

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