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Archives: May 2012


Morning links: OL Barbre suspended four games

Seattle Seahawks guard Allen Barbre (67) during an NFL football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

First reported by Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange, the Seattle Seahawks confirmed that offensive lineman Allen Barbre has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

Barbre is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He’s under contract through the 2012 season and is scheduled to make $700,000 in base salary.

Barbre was brought back to Seattle’s active roster midway through last season. The team likes his versatility, and Barbre was expected to compete for a roster spot as a depth guy at both offensive guard and tackle.

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Morning links: OTAs begin at VMAC

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, right, watches as Jermaine Kearse catch a ball during NFL football rookie mini camp, Friday, May 11, 2012, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Clare Farnsworth of provides an update on the beginning of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) at the VMAC this week.

OTAs began on Tuesday, but the practice will not be open to reporters not employed by the team until Thursday.

Farnsworth notes that this is the first time the offense and defense can go against each other in a practice setting.

“The first one, it’s still a rush,” Seattle linebacker Leroy Hill said. “It was good to put on the helmets and get out and go against an offense.”

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Morning links: Winslow trade reaction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Kellen Winslow (82) leaps over a Carolina Panthers player as Panthers' Jordan Senn (57) closes in during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011.(AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times writes that with the arrival of the intense Greg Schiano as the head coach at Tampa Bay, Kellen Winslow was no longer a good fit for the Bucs.

Shelton: In the end, Winslow simply didn’t fit anymore. Not here and not now, not as a player and not as a proclamation. The new coach, Greg Schiano, is urgent, demanding, and his immediate goal is to squeeze everything he can out of the next five minutes. Winslow is a take-his-time, do-it-his-way guy who requires special handling. You could not have imagined a worse match.”

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Hawks trade for TE Kellen Winslow Jr.

Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. (80) pushes away New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper on an 18-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, in Cleveland. The Saints spoiled the Browns' home opener, winning 19-14. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Seattle Seahawks confirmed this evening that the team has consummated a trade for Tampa Bay tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.

According to the team, Seattle gave up a conditional draft pick in 2013 to obtain Winslow.

UPDATE: ESPN’s Mike Sando reports Seattle gave up a seventh rounder that could be upgraded to a sixth rounder.

Winslow was asked by the Buccaneers not attend Organized Team Activities in Tampa Bay this week as the team worked to move him in a trade.

Winslow has three years remaining on his current contract and is due to make $3.3 million in base salary 2012.

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Wilson and the 6-feet-and-under club

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie. (AP file photo)

Just call Russell Wilson the incredible shrinking man.

At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis the Wisconsin product measured in at 5-foot-10 and 5/8 inches. So you think you would round up, right? But most folks are referring to Wilson as 5-10 instead of 5-11.

So by the end of this season Wilson will be 5-9 and headed toward Spud Webb territory.

I took a look back at some of the quarterbacks who have played the game at 6-foot or under, and came up with an eclectic mix of scramblers, game managers and guys that could get it done from the pocket.

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Morning links: Wilson plays bigger than size

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post examines whether or not Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and Detroit’s Kellen Moore are big enough to be successful quarterbacks in the NFL.

Here’s the takeaway quote from Seattle general manager John Schneider.

“He is the closest player I’ve done to Drew Brees and Jeff Garcia in terms of sliding, finding lanes and creating for himself,” Seattle general manager John Schneider said of Wilson. “He can slide and he has quick eye. From an accuracy, anticipation standpoint, he is the closest to Drew Brees.”

Pompei also shares his list of the top 10 short quarterbacks in NFL history.

I’ll take a closer look at some of the quarterbacks who have had successful careers in the NFL at 6-foot-tall in a blog post later today.

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No sophomore slump for Doug Baldwin

Receiver Doug Baldwin and free safety Earl Thomas were made available to reporters after the Seattle Seahawks conditioning workout this morning.

The Seahawks went through drills for about 45 minutes outside at the VMAC.

Seattle’s first OTAs begin next week, when the team will have a Tuesday through Thursday session.

Baldwin talked about avoiding a sophomore slump after leading the Seahawks in receptions last season, and says he sets the

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Morning links: Lisowski’s chance

In my story today, University of Montana defensive back Donny Lisowski wowed Seattle head coach Pete Carroll during the team’s rookie minicamp last week, earning a three-year contract and a spot on the team’s 90-man roster.

Now, Lisowski’s looking to do enough to make it to training camp, with the hop of landing on the team’s final roster for the regular season.

Also, we’ll get a chance to watch one of the final workouts of Phase II for the Seahawks this morning, as they transition into the OTAs’ portion of the offseason next week.

So I’ll have a report from practice this afternoon

Here’s what Carroll had to say about Lisowski:

“He was all over the place out here. He ran extremely fast when he showed up for a workout day, and then he went out here and made a bunch of plays. So I was really fired up about him. I think he’ll surprise you. I’m anxious to see what he can do on special teams and all kinds of stuff.”

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