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Archives: March 2012


Morning links: Hawthorne returning to Hawks?

ESPN’s John Clayton is reporting that he expects Seattle Seahawks free agent linebacker David Hawthorne to re-sign with the team.

Hawthorne visited New Orleans, but the Saints signed Atlanta free agent linebacker Curtis Lofton. And Hawthorne was on his way to Detroit before the team re-signed Stephen Tulloch, so it makes sense that he would remain in Seattle.

An his regular afternoon appearance with ESPN 710 Seattle’s Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore, Clayton said negotiations are intensifying and a deal could be reached soon.

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Report: Hawks nearly doubled Miami’s offer to Flynn

With the Seattle Seahawks signing of free agent quarterback Matt Flynn now nearly two weeks in the rear view mirror, more details surrounding the courting of the Green Bay reserve quarterback are starting to emerge.

One of the reasons given for Flynn signing in Seattle was the Dolphins offering him what was perceived as a low-ball offer.

Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network confirms those suspicions in an article on Miami general manager Jeff Ireland. Darlington reports that according to a source, the Dolphins offered Flynn a contract worth $4 million a year, while the Seahawks sweetened the pot considerably, nearly doubling that offer with a three-year, $26 million maximum deal.

Darlington: Ireland wouldn’t disclose details of those negotiations, but a Dolphins source said the team only was willing to offer Flynn nearly $4 million per year because they weren’t convinced he was a franchise quarterback. Seattle ended up paying him more than double at nearly $8 million per year on a three-year deal.”

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Morning links: Hawks make switch to Q13 Fox

It’s not everyday you see a 300-pound offensive lineman telling you what the weather is like in Bellingham.

But that was the scene this week, as Seattle Seahawks offensive guard John Moffitt joined the set of KCPQ Ch. 13 to publicize the fact that the team has moved all of its preseason games to that station in a new, five-year agreement.

All preseason games will also be re-broadcast on its sister station JOEtv. Q13 FOX and JOEtv have been named the official TV partners of the Seahawks. Read more about the agreement here, and check out Moffitt doing his best weatherman imitation in the video below.

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Carroll, Schneider attend Tannehill’s pro day

Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill throws at his pro day. (Dave McDermand/Bryan-College Station Eagle)

If you’re wondering if the Seattle Seahawks remain interested in drafting a quarterback after signing Matt Flynn, take note – the team was well represented at Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s pro day.

According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were at he school’s indoor facility in College Station, Texas along with representatives from 21 other teams to watch Tannehill throw for the first time since suffering a broken foot during a workout in January.

It’s an interesting development considering the Seahawks just locked up Flynn to a three-year, $26 million deal as the team’s potential franchise quarterback of the future.

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Morning links: Hoping Flynn’s not Charlie Whitehurst

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Clark Judge of CBS Sports talked with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll at the NFL Owners meetings in Palm Beach, Florida this week. Judge asked Carroll about the prospects of new quarterback Matt Flynn guiding his team back to the playoffs this year.

But Carroll remained committed to the idea of open competition at the quarterback position, saying Tarvaris Jackson remains the starter right now.

Judge says the Seahawks better hope that Flynn is not another Charlie Whitehurst.
Here’s what Carroll said when asked about the difference between Whitehurst and Flynn.

“I think the familiarity and continuity are much different,” Carroll said. “And the background knowledge from the inside out is maybe what makes us more enthused because John (Seahawks GM John Schneider) knew (Flynn) so well. We knew Charlie from the outside and from his workouts, but John did have insights (on Flynn). We just have more familiarity and a better sense of it.”

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Morning links: No compensatory picks for Hawks

The NFL released the list of teams awarded compensatory picks on Monday afternoon, and the Seahawks were not one of 15 teams awarded 32 picks.

According to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than acquired in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

Usually, the number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.

So Seattle likely did not receive a compensatory pick this year because of the free agent signings of Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, Tavaris Jackson and Robert Gallery.

The Seahawks received a seventh round compensatory pick last year.

Officially, Seattle has six picks in this year’s draft – one in the first (12th overall), second (43), third (75), fourth (106), sixth (181) and seventh (from Oakland) (225). Check out the seven-round draft order here.

The Seahawks gave up their fifth round pick to Buffalo in the Marshawn Lynch trade and a seventh rounder to Detroit in a 2010 trade for Tyler Polumbus, but got back a seventh rounder from Oakland in the Aaron Curry trade.

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Monday Morning QB live chat replay

There’s plenty to talk about, heading into the third week of free agency and the draft on the horizon. We’ll get started at noon.