John McGrath of The Tacoma News Tribune believes the Seattle made a calculated risk in handling over a high-dollar contract to Marshawn Lynch. And now the team’s worst nightmare has been realized with the talented running back experiencing another brush with the law.
McGrath: Whether Lynch is charged with a DUI doesn’t matter. The reckless driving that almost caused two accidents on a highway last weekend will prevent Lynch from participating in the season opener, and given his already substantial police record, it’s likely he’ll be forced to sit out a minimum of three games.
And if the DUI charge is tagged on? The penalty will be doubled.
In hindsight, it was absurd for the Seahawks to guarantee $18 million to a 26-year-old athlete with a checkered history. But hindsight shouldn’t be used cavalierly. Lynch arrived in Seattle and personified the identity of a team that didn’t have one. The Seahawks saw him as the ultimate franchise player, and can you blame them?
Thing is, Lynch also saw himself as the ultimate franchise player. After signing a contract that made him lucky for life, he inhabited a poster that depicted him as larger than life.
Life was good, so good he assumed he was entitled to make his own rules. My way or the highway? No, not exactly. For Lynch, it was more like “my way on the highway, so get out of the way, you useless fool, because my destination is more important than yours.”
Monte Poole of the San Jose Mercury News writes that Lynch will have to once again enter the image repair shop after his latest arrest.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated writes that Lynch’s arrest could cast a shadow over the Seahawks, and doom them to stumble out of the gate.
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com writes that the ink just dried on Lynch’s $32 million contract and the Seahawks already have been burned.
Clare Farnworth of Seahawks.com reviews the quarterback position with less than two weeks before the beginning of training camp. Farnsworth offers these final thoughts: Regardless of who wins the starting job, the position is stronger than it was last season – when there was no offseason for first-year coordinator Darrell Bevell to install his offense and Jackson was named the starter before ever practicing because he also played under Bevell with the Minnesota Vikings. Incumbent backup Charlie Whitehurst has re-signed with the San Diego Chargers, the team that traded him to the Seahawks in 2010. He will be replaced by the second-place finisher in the QB competition. Do not read anything into the amount of money the team paid to sign Flynn in free agency or the fact that Wilson is a rookie. As Jackson has said, “He’s not like a regular rookie.” Coach Pete Carroll will go with the quarterback who wins the on-going competition, and gives the Seahawks their best chance to win.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports predicts a 7-9 record for Seattle in his season preview, and talks to a scout who believes that the Seahawks have three back-up quarterbacks in Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell wilson.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle puts together a nice breakdown of Seattle’s wide receiver position.
Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders places Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin atop his list of the top 25 hidden talents in the NFL. Fellow receivers Ricardo Lockette and Kris Durham make the list. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Danny Tuccitto and Rivers McCown of Football Outsiders rank the Seattle Seahawks No. 12 in the league in terms of the team’s talent under 25 years old. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
KJR’s Ian Furness and Hugh Millen talks about the characteristics that make up a split end, flanker and a slot receiver and how they fit into Seattle’s receiver rotation in this audio link.
Former Seahawks quarterback Jeff Kemp writes a touching, heartfelt piece on his center while he played in Seattle, Grant Feasel, passing away this week.
No Seahawk makes Sports Illustrated’s list of the top 50 highest paid athletes in the United States this year, but there are some interesting names. Boxer Floyd Mayweather tops the list at $85 million, followed by golfers Phil Michelson and Tiger Woods.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is the highest paid football player at No. 7, with an $18 million salary and $13 million in endorsements for a total of $31 million in 2012.
English Soccer club Chelsea FC practices at Seahawks headquarters in anticipation of the team’s upcoming exhibition against the Seattle Sounders this week. Check out Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright testing his soccer skills here and here.
ESPN’s John Clayton takes a league-wide look at player contracts that end in 2013 and 2014. Seattle has nine players up in the next two years, which is in the lower half of the league. Players that Seattle would like to get done sooner rather than later include Kam Chancellor, Max Unger, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated writes that despite the popular opinion that running backs are a disposable position, the league’s best backs are getting paid.