Dave Boling of The News Tribune points out some bargains that the Seattle Seahawks benefited from having on the roster this season, including undrafted rookie free agent receiver Doug Baldwin ($375,000 in base salary this season), second-year safety Kam Chancellor ($450,000) and cornerback Brandon Browner ($375,000).
Now the Seahawks will have to make some tough decision in negotiations with key players at the end of their deals like running back Marshawn Lynch, defensive end Red Bryant and linebacker David Hawthorne.
Boling: “Through act or statement, Carroll and general manager John Schneider have laid out their blueprint: build through the draft, meet specific immediate needs with free-agents (young, if possible), and manufacture depth by finding/developing cheap talent through transactions or lower-round acquisitions.
They’ve done so well finding bargains, in fact, they should be in position to keep the core of cornerstone players. Lynch was an inspired pickup from Buffalo. He deserves consideration as at least a top-10 back, while his base of $1.14 million this season is somewhere in the neighborhood of 30th for backs.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams five-year, $43 million deal with the Panthers could be a sticking point in negotiations between Lynch and the Seahawks, because the Cal product has similar numbers on the field
ESPN’s Mike Sando gives us five things to look for in Monday’s contest between Seattle and St. Louis.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that despite the fact he has only one interception on the year, second-year safety Earl Thomas is playing better.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post discusses how Matt Hasselbeck immediately assumed a leadership role and helped Tennessee develop into an AFC playoff contender. And he also looks at defensive end prospects in next year’s draft.
Chuck Kosterman of Grantland discusses the interesting dichotomy that Tim Tebow presents.
T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times likes Jim Mora as a coach, but doesn’t like his chances in turning around UCLA’s football program.