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.
Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that the Seahawks have 18.9 million in cap space, third-most in the league.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. give the Seahawks an A grade for their moves in free agency. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Williamson: “This is an up-and-coming football team. While I am not the biggest Flynn believer, he is a clear improvement at the most important position on the field — so I can’t argue with that acquisition, especially at the price. Seattle is betting on Flynn, but they aren’t betting the farm. Keeping Lynch in the fold should ensure that Flynn’s transition to his new team is smoother. Bringing back Bryant, the massive run-stuffer, was huge for this young defense, as was adding an exceptional complement to Bryant in Jones, who is one of the better pure interior pass-rushers in the NFL. There are some big names on Seattle’s key-losses list, but in reality, this group’s value doesn’t compare to its name recognition. The Seahawks are on the rise.”
Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic says that ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler was impressive in his pro day workout on Friday. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were on hand for the workout.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com writes that Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner put on a show at his pro day.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports discusses the new NFL rule, adding defenseless players on crack back blocks delivering a blow to the head or neck area. I think this adds yet another shade of gray to the game and will create more problems, instead of lessening injuries. Of course, as a receiver who had many pancakes on crack back blocks, I’m biased.