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Archives: March 2012

March
25th

Morning links: T-Jack still in the hunt as starter?

Seattle Seahawks' Tarvaris Jackson in action against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

While head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have both said it will be an open competition between Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn for the starting quarterback job, most league observers believe Flynn ultimately will win out because of the financial commitment the Seahawks have made.

But the Seahawks are doing a good job of getting the word out to the national media that the quarterback competition is legit.

In fact, according to his sources, Dan Pompei of the National Football Post says it would not be a surprise if Jackson won the starting job because of his solid play in the second half of the season.

Pompei: The Seahawks were the right place for Matt Flynn for a couple reasons. He isn’t being counted on to play like he did in the regular season finale for the Packers. In fact, he might not even be counted on to start. My Seahawks sources wouldn’t be surprised if Tarvaris Jackson beat him out, given that Jackson played pretty well the second half of the season. And the Seahawks still are looking at QBs in the draft. The other factor is Seahawks general manager John Schneider had special insight into Flynn. He was part of the Packers crew that drafted him, and he also is one of Mike McCarthy’s best friends in the business. After visiting with Flynn, Schneider told associates he was impressed with how Flynn had matured and how his leadership and confidence had grown since they were last together two years ago.”

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March
24th

Morning links: QB Wilson a diamond in the rough?

North Squad quarterback Russell Wilson (16) of Wisconsin, is sacked by South Squad linebacker Nigel Bradham (13) of Florida State, in the first half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com pens his annual Diamonds in the Rough, a top five list of players at each position that could be good values in the later rounds, which is a must-read heading into this year’s draft.

You’ll find some familiar names on Rang’s list, and some players you probably never heard of.

But one name jumped out for me – Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson. Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, also a Wisconsin product, attended Wilson’s pro day.

And despite the fact the Seahawks signed Matt Flynn, I think they still could look to select a developmental quarterback in the later rounds. Southern Mississippi quarterback Austin Davis is another name to keep in mind.

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March
23rd

Hawks agree to terms with RB Lumpkin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Kregg Lumpkin (28) is brought down behind the line of scrimmage in a game against the New Orleans Saints. The Buccaneers defeated the Saints 26-20 in an NFL game, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Margaret Bowles)

First reported by Brian McIntyre, the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with Tampa Bay free agent running back Kregg Lumpkin.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lumpkin, 27, visited with Seattle on Thursday. The Seahawks had a scheduled visit with Michael Bush, but he never made it in and eventually signed with Chicago.

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March
23rd

Morning links: Mike Williams on the mend

Seattle Seahawks receiver Mike Williams. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks with receiver Mike Williams about his disappointing 2011 season, which ended with a broken left ankle against Chicago in December.

Farnsworth reports that Williams is rehabbing the injury after having surgery to place a plate and four screws in the fractured leg. Williams said he’s pushing to return to the kind of performance he had in 2010, when he led Seattle in receiving.

“Last season was just kind of a lost season for me,” Williams said. “It was a missed opportunity. This offseason is an opportunity for me to get back to what I want to do.

“I can only move forward, because they didn’t get a lot out of me last year. Injuries or whatever, the bottom line is they didn’t get a lot out of me. So I’ve got to make this season a better one.”

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March
22nd

Hawks interested in Stanford TE Fleener?

Tight end Coby Fleener walks off the field after his workout during Stanford's pro day. (Matt Maiocco/CSNBayarea.com)

With quarterback Andrew Luck performing well – as expected – at Stanford’s pro day this afternoon, Seattle Seahawks representatives on hand could only watch with envy.

But they also could have been taking a closer look at one of the players on the receiving end of the many pinpoint passes Luck threw on Thursday – speedy tight end Coby Fleener, who also reportedly put on a show.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayarea.com provided the visual evidence shown in the photo above of a person in a Seahawks coat walking off the field with Fleener, who looks very similar to Seattle tight ends coach Pat McPherson.

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March
22nd

Chicago locks up RB Michael Bush

According to Michael Wright of ESPN Chicago, the Bears have agreed to terms with Oakland Raiders free agent Michael Bush to a four-year, $14 million deal.

Bush will share the running load with Matt Forte, who the Bears designated the $7.7 million franchise to while continuing to negotiate a long-term deal.

The Seahawks had tried to arrange a visit with Bush after his visit with Cincinnati, doesn’t appear to be interested in committing more money to the position after signing Marshawn Lynch to a multi-year deal. The Seahawks still have Leon Washington under contract as well — he’s due to make $2 million in base salary in 2012.

The Seahawks do have Tampa Bay free agent running back Kregg Lumpkin scheduled to visit today.

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March
22nd

Morning links: Will Saints’ scandal change NFL?

Jon Saraceno of USA Today offers an interesting opinion on the New Orleans Saints scandal, which included some of the stiffest penalties handed done in league history.

Saraceno believes that although the suspensions, fines and taking away of draft picks will have far-reaching implications on careers and the lives of some players, overall he believes the NFL will remain a violent game.

Saraceno: Long-term ramifications? The careers and legacies of coaches, administrators and perhaps 20 players are at stake. Will the game lose its violent edge? It’s unlikely. In recent years, even as the NFL has escalated fines and suspended players for vicious hits, the highlight reels are not lacking. The game promises to be as malevolent as ever.

“Short-term fallout? Almost assuredly, the Saints’ 2012 season is in jeopardy without Payton, one of the league’s brightest offensive minds, with one Lombardi Trophy in tow and a potential Hall of Fame candidate. Indeed, Caesars had the odds of the Saints winning the Super Bowl this season at 8-1 before Bountygate and raised them to 10-1 right after. After the NFL announcement Wednesday, they fell to 15-1. Payton, along with quarterback Drew Brees, dramatically helped lift the city’s spirits during its recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina.”

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March
21st

Hawks to sign Omiyale: Giants DE Tollefson to visit

Two weeks after visiting Seattle just before the beginning of free agency, the Seahawks announced that Chicago Bears free agent Frank Omiyale has agreed to contract terms to join the team.

Contract terms were not disclosed. Omiyale is familiar with offensive line coach Tom Cable’s zone blocking scheme, having played for him while in Atlanta in 2006.

Omiyale, 29, is a versatile performer who could play both guard and tackle, and could serve as a backup for Russell Okung as he returns from a torn pectoral muscle suffered against Philadelphia in December. He started 31 games at left

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