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Hawks add OT Alex Barron, three others

Post by Eric Williams on May 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm with 42 Comments »
May 15, 2012 2:27 pm
Seattle Seahawks' Bruce Irvin, center, pass-rushes quarterback Russell Wilson, left, as Alex Barron blocks at right during an NFL football rookie minicamp, Friday, May 11, 2012, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

After playing well during the rookie minicamp over the weekend as a tryout player, the Seattle Seahawks rewarded veteran offensive tackle Alex Barron with a spot on the 90-man roster, the team announced this afternoon.

Along with Barron, the Seahawks agreed to terms with tight end Cooper Helfet, cornerback Donny Lisowski and tackle Andrew Mitchell.

To make room for those four, Seahawks released cornerback London Durham, linebacker Adrian Moten, tackle Jon Opperud and guard/center Brent Osborne.

Selected No. 19 overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2005 draft, Barron started 74 of 76 games played at right and left tackle.

He spent the 2010 season in Dallas, playing in 11 games with one start. Barron moved on to New Orleans in 2011, but landed on the season-ending injured reserve after suffering a torn meniscus during training camp. Barron was released by the Saints on Oct. 22.

Barron also had a tryout with San Francisco before joining Seattle’s minicamp last week.

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  1. bird_spit says:

    Somebody start the counter for the number of times that 90-man roster changes. Its going to be a long summer.

  2. Seahawks2620 says:

    The fact that he had a tryout with San fran last week, but didn’t stick says something. Whatever though, Pete must have seen a bit of something I suppose.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    He’s a camp body. Anything more they get is an absolute bonus.

  4. bbnate420 says:

    If Barron can remove his head from between his cheeks and keep the holding calls to a minimum then he might be a better option than Omiyale or whatever his name is.

  5. Yes, Barron is lucky to be on any camp roster at this point in his career. With Okung, Giacomini, McQuistan, and Carpenter arriving late-season, we’ve go plenty of tackles better than Barron. The more interesting competition in camp should be at guard, where Moffitt, Lutui, and McQuistan will battle it out to find two starters.

    Pretty strong O line depth, actually. When’s the last time we could say that?

  6. Name: Alex Barron
    College: Florida State
    Position: Revolving Door
    Interests: Holding, moonlight walks on the beach, and False Starts.

  7. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I’m not too happy about signing Alex Barron. I heard that he’s false start prone. I hope he doesn’t make the final roster.

    Another concern is James Carpenter. There was a rumor on ESPN that Carpenter would miss most of the season because of his injury. The fact that we’re adding more depth on our O-line seems to confirm this. Does anyone know Carpenter’s status? Will he return in time for camp?

  8. Dukeshire says:

    He for sure won’t return in time for camp. Best case scenario is they PUP him and he becomes available after the bye week. Worst case; he’s not ready after the bye and they IR him again, and he misses the whole season.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    I should amend that and say sometime just before they bye. Their bye week is so late this year (a good thing), they have a month between when he would come off the PUP list and the bye.

  10. Carpenter = huge man who tore an ACL mid-November. Why would anyone in their right mind think he’d be ready for the season? And why would this be such a shock to find out now? It’s not that he “only” had surgery to a damaged PCL and MCL like John Moffitt did (they got their knee injuries a few days apart). Moffitt will be ready to rock b/c he didn’t damage his ACL. That’s the key.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    No doubt about it. Having torn all three, the MCL / PCL tears were a significantly faster heal than the ACL. MCL tears, unless complete, rarely require surgery. The ACL is so much more of a stabilizing ligament than the PCL.

  12. RDPoulsbo says:

    Yeah, I tore my ACL about 6 years ago. It really does take a minimum 9 months, but more realistically closer to 12. They essentially have to create a new ACL with a piece of your kneecap and it needs all that time to take hold, not to mention the rehab just to get that knee to just plain move again. The last thing they need is to tear it like Peters did with his achilles.

    It sucks, but it wasn’t that long ago that tearing your ACL ruined your career.

  13. TomlPDX says:

    Let him sit and heal.

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    So Barron manhandled Irvin? took him to the cleaners! Out to the woodshed!

    Wonder what will happen when Irvin faces a good tackle?

    Your #1 should do better than that! Let’s hope that it is Barron finally living up to his potential!

  15. chuck_easton says:

    From what I saw Barron did to Irvin exactly what he’s good at. He held him.

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If Barron has learned to hold, ( at the right times ), without being caught than he will be a valuable addition to our team!

  17. Strategicdust says:

    Another advantage to these tryouts is building that “who to call” list if injuries start to decimate a position. Having these guys in camp, even if they don’t make the roster, gives them an overview of the offense/defense and builds the comfort factor by knowing the team. I think it’s a smart way to help a team.

  18. Barron is the stereotypical guy that everyone in the NFL knows he sucks except for some of the fans of the team that takes a chance on him (until they cut him, too) because he was a former 1st round pick. I believe that’s the kool aid you’re drinking, right Georgia:)

  19. It’s definitely a smart way to help a team – that’s why everyone does it.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    Georgia – I appreciate your enthusiasm, but Barron’s not making this roster (catastrophic injuries aside).

  21. Kingpear says:

    Camp depth, and PC has a soft spot for reclamation projects.

    BMW is a prime example. I doubt he’ll be high on the depth chart this year. He might not even make the roster.

  22. rgbuckl says:

    Does anyone know why we haven’t gotten any reports on how the OTA are going now that the veterans are there? We were getting several over the weekend, but haven’t heard anything in two days…

    Are they not allowed to say how it’s going?

  23. Dukeshire says:

    The next OTA begging next week, May 22, then “nothing” until June 12 for a mandatory mini camp.

  24. Dukeshire says:


  25. We’ll probably be “begging” for more OTA news!

  26. RDPoulsbo says:

    Barron is a 6 year veteran who has to go through rookie tryouts to find a contract. That should tell you all you need to know about him. Just take a look at the photos of him in minicamp, half of them show him committing some kind of penalty. This won’t last long. If he’s going to hold all the time, he’s going to keep the coaching staff from properly evaluating guys.

  27. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby – Now that you mention it, you’re right, that was more of a Fruedian slip than a typo. Lol

  28. Dukeshire says:

    RD – I was going to comment how funny I found your “… commiting some kind of penalty…” was. Until, that is, I read your “evaluation” sentence. I never considered that, you are 100% right. Not only is he here only and until the roster is dropped from 80, he won’t make it that long if he doesn’t understand his role here. I would love if there was a way to track every one of his snaps from here on, that come against veterans vs. rookies and former PS players. I bet it would be nearly 10-1 in favor of rooks. In other words, he starts facing Clem, we’ll have a problem.

  29. LouieLouie says:

    Hey Gentlemen. It does look like Carp is going to be out for at least a big part of the season. Barron is a veteran with a lot of starting experience. If he can pull his head out of that warm, damp place he seems to keep it, maybe he can be a serviceable replacement or back up until Carp is ready to come back.

    The Hawks did sign one other “has been” vet a couple of years ago, and Big Mike Williams finally figured out how to pull his head out of a very similar dark, damp place. Big Mike has been a great story of the Pete Carroll era. Maybe Barron can be another one.

  30. Soggybuc says:

    Just want to comment on what someone mentioned that barron manhandled Irvin.
    Camps like this are a bit tough on pass rushers. after your initial burst they half to shut it down a bit because even blowing a kiss the Qb’s way is a no no.
    Camps like this are best for DB/WR,TE as their forte is running cutting and making plays on the ball, all of which can be done with minimal contact.

  31. NWPoseidon says:

    Hey RD are you from Poulsbo? Sorry off topic, just saw my home town in your name.

  32. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “(catastrophic injuries aside)”

    Dukeshire- You mean like last year? Lol.

    I’m not drinking the Barron kool aid, at least not yet, it’s just that after the way he handled Irvin I have cooled off from drinking the Irvin Kool aid. At least for now.

  33. I saw no reports Barron or anybody else manhandled Irwin. Had that been the case his 1st round draft controversy would have exploded.

    What is a concern about the Barron signing would be that they feel the options already in camp may be closer to his ability than what we were lead to believe they were.

    What kind of blocking scheme was AB in vs. the zone scheme Cable runs?

  34. I don’t care if we sign Alex Barron or the Red Baron, my hope and faith lies within Tom Cable, not the individual player. I trust him, and unlike BobbyK, I don’t pretend to know more than our coaching staff.

    Btw, while on the topic of my least favorite contributor –

    DisplacedSeahawksFan: Does anyone know Carpenter’s status? Will he return in time for camp?

    Bobbyk: Carpenter = huge man who tore an ACL mid-November. Why would anyone in their right mind think he’d be ready for the season? And why would this be such a shock to find out now? It’s not that he “only” had surgery to a damaged PCL and MCL like John Moffitt did…

    I’ll say it again, bobby. It is apparent you have no life or personal relationships outside of this blog. Don’t get too cocky. You easily spend more time ranting on here than anyone else and while it’s tiresome for us to read, it’s also pathetic and alarming.

    BobbyK reminds me an awful lot of TJack. I’m sure he’s a decent guy in real life but…

  35. Dukeshire says:

    Georgia – more like 2008.

  36. RDPoulsbo says:

    Yes, Poulsbo is my hometown. I’m on the East Coast now, but I get back at least 3 or 4 times a year. Eventually, I’ll make it back there.

  37. jawpeace says:

    Nothing to do with OL but look at the picture and gaze at the high release point of Russel Wilson. I have read about his high release point but that picture really captures it. If he gets a ball batted down it is not because he is short its because the defender made a freaking awesome play!

  38. Good morning fellow Seahawks fans. Just wondering if any of you will be going to the Carolina game this upcoming season. I’m going to be there with my brother, and would love to pre-game hydrate with some Seahawks fans. I have a positive feeling about how this year is going to be for us. GO HAWKS!

  39. raymaines says:

    In a different thread, the author (I think Eric) said RW’s batted passes seemed to have more to do with game speed than vertical height. I’m pretty excited about this guy.

  40. Carson–Dude, you are also seriously annoying. However, I support everyone’s right to be as annoying as they want–whether its you, BobbyK, JazzBadAzz, myself, or whoever. But enough with the amateur psychology and personal attacks on BobbyK. Stick to arguing opinions without getting personal. You are quickly replacing Nightawk3 as resident King Troll, IMO. Acting dickish just isnt cool.

    My own two cents are that Barron is a longshot to make the team, but there’s certainly no harm at all in giving him a chance. Its worked out well for supposed has-beens,never-were’s, and unkowns like BMW, Leon Washington, Baldwin, Browner, Sherman, Chancellor, Bryant, Lem Jean-Pierre, and Breno Giacomin, to name a few.

    It didnt work in the case of LenWhale White, Reggie Williams, a couple injury-prone LB’s, Gallery, etc but you cant win em all. I think Carrol and Schneider have done an excellent job turning over every rock looking for talent–and I for one am glad they take looks at guys without preconceived notions. They give guys a chance regardless of the past, and it has paid off more often than not.

    And who cares if the Whiners passed on Barron? They have a line in better shape than ours, so are less needy. Add to that the fact that Harbaugh has missed on plenty of guys–most notably by drafting another reciever who did jack instead of Baldwin–and it means nothing at all. Never mind the fact that Cable runs a different blocking scheme than the Niners and so guys that fit with us may not fit in San Fran, and visa versa.

    Barron has more talent than Omiyale thats for sure. Perhaps he can learn to block without false starting and holding on every play lol!

    RDPoulsbo–I lived in Poulsbo for two years and left right after our Stupor Bowl disaster year. Nice place if you can afford it, but Western WA is too crowded for me. I hope you make it back someday–Good luck!

  41. mocarob says:

    Wait, I thought Barron was useless & a moron?

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