Dwight Jaynes of CSNNW.com, a veteran reporter in the Portland area for decades, writes that according to people he’s talked to Paul Allen might be willing to part ways with both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks as a package deal, and has had preliminary discussions about potentially selling both teams.
Here’s the paragraph you’ll want to read.
Jaynes:There is a persistent rumor that all of Allen’s sports properties are available, in one giant buy or individually. I was told by two separate sources that the total asking price for the Trail Blazers, the Rose Garden and his NFL Seahawks would be $2 billion — which is too high, particularly now with the values of NFL teams in something of a turmoil due to pending lawsuits from concussed former players.”
Allen denied the report that the Trail Blazers were for sale via twitter.
Dwight & Canzano get played by unnamed sources & show true colors lobbying for a sale of @pdxtrailblazers. The team is not for sale period!— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) May 13, 2012
It’s an interesting report. I’ll make some calls this morning to see if it has any teeth to it. There’s been some thought around the league that Allen might be willing to sell because of his recent health issues, but I’ve heard nothing substantive to confirm that thought.
And really, if Allen hadn’t stepped up when he did the Seahawks likely would not be here. And if there was a good time to step away, right now might be it, with the franchise enjoying a record number of sellouts and fan interest. And it also could be fueling Allen’s desire to win a Super Bowl.
KJR’s Ian Furness talks with Jaynes about his report in this audio link. Fast forward to the 22-minute mark. Jaynes says he stands by his report during the interview.
Here’s my story from today on Alex Barron. He gives Seattle 15 offensive linemen on the 90-man roster.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com details linebacker Kory Toomer’s winding road to the NFL.
Brian McIntyre of NFL.com reports that former Seattle fullback Owen Schmitt has signed with Oakland.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is on the hot seat in Seattle.
More Sando: He gives former Seahawks linebacker George Koonce a forum to talk about how he’s transitioned out of the NFL and dealt with life after football.
Elliott Harrison of NFL.com runs down all the QB competition around the league. Here’s what he has to say about Tarvaris Jackson vs. Matt Flynn. Harrison: “You don’t guarantee a guy $10 million and sit him for a player of Tarvaris Jackson’s ilk.”
Clifton Brown of the Sporting News gives Flynn the advantage as well.
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports writes that Pete Carroll giving Russell Wilson a shot at the starting QB job demonstrates his lack of commitment to the position.