Seahawks Insider

Archives: July 2011

July
30th

Today’s practice closed to fans

The Seattle Seahawks just sent this release that this afternoon’s practice has been closed to fans.

The Seahawks have announced that today’s Bing Training Camp afternoon practice is closed to fans. We apologize for any inconvenience. Seahawks representatives are currently contacting each registered fan to alert them of the change. Fans will have the option to receive a full refund of the transportation fee or choose to attend another practice.

July
30th

Report: Tatupu asked to restructure contract

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is reporting that Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu is being held out of practice because the team wants to restructure his contract.

The team has not confirmed this report.

According to Brian McIntyre, Tatupu is owed five years and over $25 million remaining on his current contract, which includes a $4.35 million base salary and a cap number of $6.116 million.

Tatupu played all 16 games for the first time in three seasons in 2010. The USC product had offseason surgery on both knees in January.

Tatupu did not practice

Read more »

July
30th

Carroll annoints Tarvaris Jackson the starter

We talked to Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll this morning for the first time and he dropped this bomb on us – free agent pick-up Tarvaris Jackson will be the team’s starting quarterback for the team’s regular season opener at San Francisco.

So much for competition.

Carroll said because of the compressed time schedule and the fact that Jackson already know the passing game from is time with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in Minnesota, Jackson gives the team the best chance to hit the ground running.

Also, Jackson is most familiar with Seattle’s lucrative, free agent addition Sidney Rice from their time together in Minnesota.

Read more »

July
30th

Morning links: Hasselbeck joins Titans

Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had his introductory press conference in Tennessee on Friday. He took the opening couple minutes to thank the Seahawks’ organization and the fans for his first 10 seasons in Seattle, and said he looks forward to making a new start with the Titans, and says he’s there to win.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean has the details here from the press conference here.

Paul Silvi of KING 5 TV also traveled to Nashville and had an interesting sit down with Hasselbeck, with the veteran quarterback discussing his departure from Seattle.

Hasselbeck said it was pretty emotional driving to Sea-Tac Airport on Thursday– he actually passed by the VMAC on the way and saw his former teammates out on the field practicing.

Hasselbeck also confirmed what we reported earlier this week – that once free agency began the Seahawks told him they were moving on.

“It’s tough when the head coach and the GM call you and they say ‘Hey, thanks for everything, but we’re no longer interested,’” Hasselbeck said. “Yeah, it’s tough. But those guys were great about it. They called me first, so I didn’t have to hear about it on the television or something like that. So that meant a lot to me. So I just wished them well, and they did the same.”

Read more »

July
29th

A few minutes with Josh Pinkard

Looking for a role

At 6-foot-1, 218 pounds, Pinkard seeks to earn a spot on the 53-man roster in crowded group at defensive back. The USC product spent most of last year on the practice squad, but was on the 53-man roster for the New Orleans’ playoff game.

Pinkard, 25, looks to former Seahawks defensive back Jordan Babineaux as an example of the type of player he could develop into in the league – a special teams and versatile performer that can play both cornerback and safety.

“Jordan Babineaux is a great football player,” Pinkard said. “I was watching him as soon as I got in here, just his athletic ability and him being able to move around and play all the positions. … So I try to take that mentality and mold myself after him. Those are big shoes to fill, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

Read more »

July
29th

Official: Hawks re-sign DT Brandon Mebane

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider announced this afternoon that the team had re-signed defensive tackle Brandon Mebane.

Terms have not been disclosed. But Schneider confirmed what we had heard earlier – that there was a lot of back and forth in negotiations. But he’s pleased to have Mebane back in the fold.

“Being able to re-sign one of your own guys who was a hot commodity in free agency is huge for us,” Schneider said. “He wanted him to stay here, and we wanted him to stay here.”

I talked briefly with Mebane this afternoon, who confirmed Schneider’s

Read more »

July
29th

Ex-scout unimpressed with Hawks’ QB options

I talked with former NFL Scout Dave Razzano recently about the Seattle Seahawks quarterback situation. As always, Razzano offered some interesting opinions on Seattle’s recent moves.

Charlie Whitehurst and Tarvaris Jackson will compete for the starting job, with Seattle letting veteran Matt Hasselbeck move on and sign with Tennessee in free agency.

Razzano is a former NFL Scout who has over 22 years of professional scouting experience, working in the personnel department for NFC West teams San Francisco, Arizona and St. Louis.

In short, Razzano doesn’t like Seattle’s options, and believes they would have been better served drafting a young quarterback in this year’s daft.

Read more »