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Morning links: Landing spots for Tatupu

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 1, 2011 at 7:48 am with 25 Comments »
August 1, 2011 7:48 am

ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas speculates that Tampa Bay could be interested in former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu.

The Bucs let veteran Barrett Rudd go in free agency, and have inexperienced options for his replacement, including UW rookie Mason Foster.

The Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles also are relying on less experienced guys to man the middle, and could be looking for a veteran alternative inside.

In my story today I have reaction from players on Tatupu’s release, including veteran Marcus Trufant. The Tacoma native had been considered by some team observers as a possible target for Seattle’s front office in terms of a pay reduction because of the amount of money he makes and his recent struggles on the field, but the team has not asked Trufant to restructure his contract.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes the gritty Tatupu deserved a proper send off, imaging a Viking burial on the shore of Lake Washington at the team’s headquarters for the veteran linebacker.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has a great read on Tatupu, someone he considered a friend. It’s a good example of why Tatupu was well-liked by fans and reporters who covered the team.

John Boyle of The Everett Herald notes that the Seahawks have only 16 players left from the team Pete Carroll and John Schneider inherited when they took over two years ago.

Clare Farnsworth of offers some notes from the first day of padded practice at training camp on Sunday.

You can also check out some pictures from camp here.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes the Seahawks anointing Tarvaris Jackson the starter before he takes a snap is a signal that the team does not have a long-term answer at quarterback and will draft one high next year.

Michael Wright of ESPN Chicago has comments from Chris Spencer on joining the Bears.

ESPN’s Mike Sando offers his thoughts on Tatupu’s release.

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  1. HawkfaninMT says:

    Still some moves to be made in my opinion.

    It sounds like the market is completely dry for Abrayu Franklin and I do not want to see him lining back up for the Niners at the vet minimum. I realize we have a bunch of depth now at DT but adding Franklin (IMO would have been better than Sims) would push the starters for a strating spot, apparently be relatively cheap, weaken a division rival, add more veteran leadership to a groupd that is being criticized for lacking… It makes too much sense to me for the Hawks NOT to sign him for goodness sake! Anyone know why this hasn’t happened yet?

    Secondly, another move I would like to see the front office make is to bring in Manny Lawson from the Niners. We apparently have an extra spot at OLB with the move to MLB from the Heater. I think that Lawson has pretty good movement from sideline-to-sideline, but lacked the pass rush skills the Niners were looking for. Again, it seems like he would be a relatively cheap signing that would add veteran leadership and knowledge of other NFCW opponents. makes too much sense to NOT sign him IMO.

    Is the roster filled out now with the signing of (Ugh) Kelly Jennings? I am not sure how many players we are allowed to have on the roster at the moment and how many we have, but if there is two spots I feel like the Hawks could do a heck of a lot worse than signing these guys.

  2. Ewalters7354 says:

    Hawkfan,I would also like to see Manny come here.I would also like us to trade Tru to the Giants with a draft pick for Osi.I love that guy!

  3. I’m certain Lofa will have no trouble getting a job. Even with the health issues, this makes no sense to me.

  4. Ewalters7354 says:

    I honestly don’t think our D would be better with Lofa.Leadership is one thing but actually being able to make plays is another.There were games last year where Lofa just couldn’t tackle or keep up with players.Just look at the Chicago game.Lofa was getting burned all over the field.I love Lofa and wish him the best,but I’m not mad at the FO

  5. chrisj122 says:

    P.C. & J.S. have made some of the really hard decisions that needed to be made, although I don’t totally agree with everything they have done I’m willing to give them the befenefit of the doubt and see how it all washes out before I become criticial. I hope it works out for the sake of my Seahawks or before to long it just might be Pete Carrols face on the banner at the top of the page.

  6. Ewalters7354 says:

    Osi just received permission to seek a trade.I hope we get him.He wants to play for us and I don’t care if he wants money.Ill take him.Cmon FO get it done!

  7. Ewalters7354 says:

    Except for a first round pick.That’s entirely too high.

  8. HawkfaninMT says:

    I wouldnt hold your breath Ewalters…

    Hawks are on a youth movement tour here! I think they will take an aging player if he offers something and doesnt cost them youth (draft picks). So if he is released, then I could see the Hawks in play. But if they wouldn’t give a first for Kolb I wouldnt expect them to give anything higher than a 5th for an aging DE.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Peer King thinks that anointing Tarvaris Jackson the starter before he takes a snap is what indicates Seattle doesn’t yet have their long range QB yet? I think we all knew that when he was signed to a two year deal only, but thanks Peter.

    I actually think Phily makes a lot of sense for Lofa. That’s where I put my money.

  10. Don’t be surprised if they bring Osi in. A solid pass rush would definitely help these young corners develop confidence. Hell, people called Trufant an elite shut down corner when Kerney was sacking people.

    I think HE should be the person without a job, not Lofa.

    Shaun Ellis is stop-gap at age 34, wouldn’t cost too much less than Osi, and would last 1-2 years.

    Osi is 28 (i think), would be a good player to have for 6-8 years. I say trade him, although it would be hard to trade next years 1st (and likely top 10) draft pick to the G-men for a pick.

    I’d be all about a 2nd and a 5th

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Great to here the news on Washington! Sucks that he will get less touches on kickoffs!

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:
  13. chuck_easton says:

    Next years 1st is out of the question for almost anyone. We need that pick to get our franchise QB.

    The draft next year will have several QBs that are legitimate 1st round talent as opposed to this year where teams were drafting out of desperation and taking QBs in the 1st that had no business going that high.

  14. Ewalters7354 says:

    Radeon,amen bro.

    Osi is not aging by any means.His game has not fell off at all The guy had 12 sacks and 10 forces fumbles for heaven’s s sake.I have a man crush on Osi like BobbyK has on Sidney Rice lol…but a first round pick will not happen.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – Did I miss that about fewer KR for Washington? Where did you see that?

  16. Audible says:

    Osi will be 30 in November. I wouldn’t trade anything higher than a 5th rounder at this point because we need those high picks next year, and especially if we’re looking for a QB.

  17. SandpointHawk says:

    Ositadimma “Osi” Umenyiora (born November 16, 1981), he will turn 30 this season, signed in 2003 and missed the 2008 season with injury….

    I would like to run Dilfers games through The Dilfer Dimension….

    And since Duke dislikes Peter King, he might have missed this Gem…

    From Neil Hornsby…The best Deals in Free Agency…#3 with a bullet…

    “Josh Wilson, Washington Redskins (3 years, $13.5 million). How did the Redskins pull this one off? They’ve upgraded on Carlos Rogers (because like Rogers, Wilson can also play outside and move into the slot in sub packages) and done so without shedding a lot of money. Wilson’s excellent play last year got lost playing with names like Lewis, Reed, Ngata and Suggs, but he was superb once he cracked the starting lineup. He allowed just 46.9 percent of passes to be completed, intercepted three balls and had nine pass breakups.”

  18. Dukeshire says:

    Love reading that about Pistol. …he’s still a dick.

  19. Nice things being said about Pistol. Only game I watched was against Atlanta. End of game he was burned by Roddy White on a 33 yard TD pass in the end zone for the go ahead.

    Highlights a few weeks later Pistol made an OT game winning INT for a TD against Houston.

    What was the outcome of the conditional 5th round pick we received from Balt for Wilson. K.J. Wright in the 4th?

  20. ChrisHolmes says:

    @Dukeshire I think what Peter King’s comment means is (at least when I read it this morning) is that by anointing T-Jack the starter, it means they don’t think Whitehurst is the long-term answer… It’s not a comment about TJ and his 2-year deal.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Roddy pushed him to the turf about 12 yards down field. PI!!

  22. The Josh Wilson trade still grates on me. He was a playmaker and the Seahawks don’t have many of those.

    While I’m a huge fan of Hasselbeck’s and wanted to see him retire as a Seahawk, I don’t hold it against PC and JS that they let him go. He’s nearing the end of his career and got an amazing offer from the Titans. But I don’t feel the same way about Lofa. I’d like to know what kind of paycut they wanted him to take. If he resurrects his career and makes the Pro Bowl with another team, it’s going to feel awful.

  23. They asked him to take a $2 million cut…

    I think his refusal was mainly a business decision (and not just hurt feelings) because he knows his days are numbered.

    Otherwise, I think he may have renegotiated for a one-year contract to prove that he was healthy enough to regain his old form.

  24. Of all the teams…I hope Lofa doesn’t sign with the Raiders.

  25. A64Sled72 says:

    Any place that has a team that plays half of it’s game in frigid temps is a bad place for a guy with bad knees to be. If LT lands in Tampa, maybe the heat will help him to play a few more years. Philly, Denver, Cleveland, I’ve heard those in less than a day. Between the weather each of those teams face, and the division opponents they run against twice a season, I don’t see Lofa making a full year for any of those three. when he decides to retire at some point, I say bring him in as an assistant coach. Between what he has in his head and his heart, it would be money well spent on a guy who played every down like it was his last.

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