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Morning links: Mebane, Rice, Gallery on Hawks’ radar

Post by Eric Williams on July 27, 2011 at 7:50 am with 36 Comments »
July 27, 2011 7:50 am

Here’s the latest scuttlebutt on the Seattle Seahawks as we head into the second day of free agency, with the pace picking up considerably today.

As we’ve already reported, Matt Hasselbeck is headed to Tennessee.

With the Seahawks’ quarterback situation resolved, they now turn their attention to bringing back Brandon Mebane, which my story discusses here. Mebane was at the VMAC on Tuesday. Expect talks to heat up today.

Seattle also appears to be in a two-horse race for Minnesota free agent wide receiver Sidney Rice’s services with the Vikings, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network. The Seahawks have more cap room than Minnesota, so they appear to be in good position on that front.

According to Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, Cincinnati is in the running for offensive guard Robert Gallery’s services along with Seattle.

Adam Caplan of Fox Sports notes that the Seahawks have been sniffing around at right tackles, even though first round pick James Carpenter has been slated to start at right tackle for Seattle. Caplan lists Seattle as one of the possible suitors for Pittsburgh free agent right tackle Willie Colon.

Here’s my story on Hasselbeck moving on, including comments from former Seahawks’ center Rob Tobeck, who believes his former teammate should be in the conversation as one of the top players in Seahawks’ history.

John McGrath of The News Tribune believes Seattle should give Charlie Whitehurst a chance to earn the starting QB.

Art Thiel of describes new Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson as a placeholder at quarterback for the Seahawks, similar to how Jack Wilson served to hold down the spot at second base for Dustin Ackley once he was ready for the majors.

Steve Kelly of the Seattle Times says it was time for Hasselbeck to move on.

ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down Seattle’s thinking in bringing in Tarvaris Jackson.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald has reaction from Seattle players on Matt Hasseleck moving on.

Clare Farnsworth of reports that former Seahawks, defensive lineman Richard Harris, has died of a heart attack at the age of 63. Harris started 24 games for the Seahawks during the early days of the franchise from 1976 to 1977.

More Farnsworth: He talks to Seattle players on their first day back to work at the VMAC.

Morning links
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  1. HawkfaninMT says:

    I would like to get posters opinions on a comparison of signing Gallery to signing Mike Wahle or Ben Hamilton.

    All three players are right around 31 or 32 when the Seahawks entered their careers. Both Wahle and Hamilton had injury problems in the years leading up to the coming to Seattle, had experience in a similar (or same) system, and Hamilton was brought in to help coach up the other youngsters on the line.

    So why are some posters thinking Gallery will be any different than the past 2 OGs?

    I have been a proponent of signing Justin Blalock or Davin Joseph if Cable feels he can make the move from RG to LG. Both are young guys with little or no injury history. Had success last year with teams that had good to great run games. It seems as though both would come without the high bidding war that is taking place for Gallery. With the money saved getting Blalock the Hawks could concievably be in the running for Franklin, Jenkins or Cromartie to bolster the D also.

    PS Please sign Rice. He will open up the intermediate throws to BMW, the flats to Tate, and running lanes for Lynch. Get it done please!

  2. I would say the main difference is that their prior teams let Wahle and Hamilton walk because they showed they had very little left. This doesn’t seem to be the case here.

    However, Gallery will come in significantly more expensive than the other 2 so there is certainly more risk here. Wahle and Hamilton were signed for bottom basement prices.

  3. Mebane, Gallery, Rice. Great!

    Although I’d rather spend the big money on 26-year old Ray Edwards rather than 31-year old Gallery. Then, bring in a less-expensive, healthy, and younger OG/OT, perhaps Daryn Colledge.

  4. Soggybuc says:

    Good to hear Brandon was welcomed back to the facility. points to good things about getting something done.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    HawkfaninMT – I think the common thread between the three is that they each had / have questions regarding what Seattle can expect from each, albeit for different reasons. I’d agee that Hamilton was perceived to have little left, and that turned out to be quite true. Whale, prior to coming to Seattle had only missed 3 games in the previous 7 seasons so he was viewed as durable, but he was older and his shoulder that he tore up was the same one that gave him issues in ’06. As for Gallery, he has been regarded something of an underachiever and even considered “soft” in some circles. Last season was his best. That’s at lease how I see the three.

  6. Gallery is as good (numbers-wise) at run blocking as ATL’s LG Blaylock, but Blaylock is alot better at pass-pro. Still, Gallery knows Cable’s blocking system and might better protect TLC (TJax/Leinart/CW) during their preseason game vs SD coming up shortly. Gallery might get IR’d after the game, or CIN might out-bid SEA to get him anyway, so it’s good to hear SEA’s FO is also going after ATL’s RT T.Clabo (bidding against ATL & BUF).

    Interpret that as T.Clabo would play RT and Carpenter would move to LG. I’d love to watch Okung and Carpenter together on the left side after about 4 years together there. Clabo would slightly upgrade the RT position as far as run-blkg, but downgrade it at pass-pro (from Locklear).

    Rocky Bernard (6-3/308, 10 yr) is being released by NYGs for cap room. Rocky’s been there for 2 years now. Last season he had 2 sacks, 1 QB hit, 9 QB pressures, 4 batted passes, 16 tkls, 2 assts and no missed tkls in 324 snaps. I know we’re trying to get younger, but re-sign Mebane and put Rocky back at the 3-tech, unless there’s someone better. Balmer? ;-(

  7. SandpointHawk says:

    TLC~ I like it….. Watching the rumor wire I have to wonder why any player in their right mind would sign with the Redskins (besides the $)….

  8. Danny O’Neill reporting the Olindo Mare signed somewhere else. Who do we have as kicker? OMare was clutch….

  9. Are they looking at anyother DT’s 3-tech’s?

  10. Mr Williams:
    Any further word on Antonio Cromartie?

  11. jacobhawkr says:

    Gallery agreed 3yrdeal in Seattle!

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Yes sir. That will make Bobby happy. Balance out the T Jach situation.

  13. If Mare is gone, then I’d go after PHI’s David Akers. PHI gave him a transition tag and he could be poisen pilled. Last season Akers had 23 touchbacks (Mare had 20). Akers avg KO distance was 66 yds (Mare’s was 65.3), and with the move to the 35 yd line for KOs the number of touchbacks could double. Akers total FG% was 84.2% (Mare’s was 82.8%).

  14. The only thing that would balance out the Tavaris Jackson situation for BobbyK is getting back the 2006 version of Steve Hutchinson. Has anyone heard from him? Is he ok?

  15. mikew177 says:

    Adam Schefter lets us know by way of twitter that LG Robert Gallery is joining the Seahawks on a 3-year deal. Financial terms still to be revealed,!/AdamSchefter/status/96276025083822080

  16. No Matt Leinart to Seattle. Its all about the T-Jack show now!

    According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Leinart has agreed to a deal to return to the Texans.

  17. Okung – Gallery – Unger – Moffitt – Carpenter

    THE NEW ERA HAS BEGUN!!! It is going to be great fun to watch this line develop!

  18. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby’s out of town on work. He’s having me send him texts with updates. Fortunately I have unlimited texting. lol

    This will make him so happy. He was pissed about Jackson. The word “hate” was peppered throughout multiple messages.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Stevo – Absolutely. I too can’t wait to watch them come together. Hell yes!!

  20. bird_spit says:

    Great to be back reading about football on S.Insider .. Excruciating last several months. Hoping for some Rice news. Sign this guy and let him show our donut eating youngster how to play at this level.

  21. And, we have already signed something like 18 UDFAs…some have little chance but this one guy sounds interesting…

  22. I think BobbyK might be absolutely wrong on Jackson here, but I need to watch him during preseason to have any real thoughts. Everyone diminishes Jackson because of that Eagles playoff game in 2008, but he was just a 3rd year QB with little starting experience. He showed some real flashes of brilliance earlier that year. He had a great running game but no good options at WR that year. His career passer rating is HIGHER than the “esteemed” Kevin Kolb.

    If he’s progressed in the mental part of the game, he will surprise and shock. Mike Vick progressed in the mental part of the game after a few years away and maybe Jackson can also.

  23. devisscher says:

    Hope VY comes into the picture with Leinart gone, or Troy Smith

  24. If today starts SEA’s training camp, how long before Gallery can get here to start practicing (and maybe helping Cable implement his scheme?) Is Mr Williams at the VMAC today? Anybody reporting anything from there?

  25. This is so much fun…after months of nothing there is news everywhere!

  26. SandpointHawk says:

    Duke ~ Thanks …I’ve been waiting for him to show up and drop an atomic bomb on the blog, I’ll have to wait a while longer. I’m sure he is building it or them already….

    Klm~So much for TLC

    Would have preferred a bit younger guard but then what do I know….

  27. Dukeshire says:

    pabuwal – I’m reserving judgement as well. As I recall, he played quite well leading into that playoff game and as you note, only in his third year at that time. I’ll judge on what I see here only.

    I’m so glad the ‘Hawks avoided the Leinart bullet, can’t even tell you. lol

  28. Hope TJax can hand off well to Beast-Force. Still remember that game @AZ in ’06 (the handoff between Matt and SA that sealed the loss.)

    Does anybody think Marion Barber has anything left?

  29. Marion Barber has zero left. The Seahawks already have the younger version of him on the team. No reason to have 2 of them.

    Duke – Jackson knows the offense so I am hoping we can get a good read on him by the third preseason game.

  30. Olindo Mare is gone to the Panthers.

  31. SandpointHawk says:

    Panthers are very active… I didn’t know Jerry Richardson had it in him…
    Any word on the ex-Seahawk free agents, Spencer, Lock , Jennings…etc ?

  32. Agree re T. Jackson – makes sense to keep an open mind. I’d thought he had gotten more of a chance as a starter (and failed) – but he really got shafted a bit when they brought in Favre.

    Maybe he can be better than I’ve been anticipating — and nice to see all the priority being given to the O-line. Starting to feel like that crucial area is going to finally turn around for us.

  33. nighthawk2 says:

    Rice is going to want a lot of money, and I’m not if favor of spending big bucks on receivers. He didn’t do squat with Tarvaris “I Suck So Bad They Pleaded With A 40 Year Old Guy To Get Off His Mississippi Tractor To Replace Me” Jackson throwing the ball to him. It was only after Favre got to Minnesota that Sydney Rice did anything.

    As far as signing Gallery compared to Wahle, Gallery has missed 14 games over the last 2 seasons (4 in 2010 and 10 in 2009). That’s nearly half of the 32 games the Raiders played. It’s a red flag. Frankly I think if Tom Cable weren’t here he wouldn’t be signed.

  34. Palerydr says:

    Wow I actually agree with Nighthawk on something. I really dislike this signing and Gallery is going to have very little patience from me. Interesting rumpour that they are looking for a RT like Tyson Clabo etc. doesn’t make alot of sense now that they signed Gallery. Also hearing from Clayton that the Hawks are talking to Antonio Comartie from the Jets and Johnathen Joeseph from the Bungals. Carolina is spending money due to that fact they have as much or more room under the cap than we do and have to get to the 99% level of spending.

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