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Morning links: Jones eyes strong finish

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:28 am with 15 Comments »
November 21, 2012 7:28 am
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jason Jones attempts to block Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb's pass during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 20-16.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The focus of my story today is Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jason Jones. The 26-year-old pass rusher is one of 10 Seattle players expected to be unrestricted free agent ins 2013.

Others include fellow defensive tackle Alan Branch, receiver Braylon Edwards, kicker Steven Hauschka, linebacker Leroy Hill, tight end Evan Moore, offensive lineman Frank Omiyale, tight end Cameron Morrah and cornerback Marcus Trufant.

Projected restricted free agents for Seattle in 2013 include defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, long snapper Clint Gresham and safety Chris Maragos.

Jones signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Seahawks during the offseason because he wanted to re-establish his market value after playing out of position and dealing with injuries while with Tennessee.

Jones has played in eight games, totaling 2.5 sacks and two pass deflections this season. He missed two games because of an ankle issue.

“I think overall I’ve played pretty well,” Jones said. “You can always play better. I’m mad I sat out those two games with the ankle, so I just want to finish out these last six games strong.”

The Seahawks may be better off getting a deal done with Jones or Branch instead of franchising them next season. Based on a leaguewide salary cap of $121 million next year, Brian McIntyre, an NFL cap specialist who works for Yahoo Sports, projects the franchise tag number for defensive tackles in 2013 to be a little more than $8 million.

McIntyre said that the Seahawks currently have $13.5 million in salary cap space that they can roll over to 2013. So general manager John Schneider and Carroll could look to re-sign players they don’t want hitting next year’s free-agent market before this season comes to a close, similar to deals the Seahawks made to reward receivers Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu at the end of the 2010 season.

The Seahawks are ranked No. 10 in the AP Pro32. Most panelists ask a similar question – can the Seahawks win on the road?

ESPN’s panel of NFL experts ranks Seattle No. 12 overall.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports pushes the Seahawks up to No. 9 in his power rankings.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times says that Golden Tate finally is having the breakthrough season he’s been waiting for.

Clare Farnsworth of delves in Seattle’s expanded use of the zone read option in the past month.

More Farnsworth: Former NBA player Chris Herron talked about his addiction to drugs and alcohol that derailed his promising career with Seattle players on Tuesday.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated takes a look at important games down the stretch that will likely factor into which teams makes the playoffs. He points to Seattle’s game at Chicago and the team’s Week 16 game at home against San Francisco as important games for the Seahawks.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Well, the good news is that of all those FA, only Jones (and Hauschka after him) would seem to be a necessity to resign. Jones has played really well, IMO. I’m pleasantly surprised how strong of an interior player he is.

  2. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I know it’s selfish, but I wish the Seahawks would leave today for Miami so they can acclimate to the time zone difference and the weather. I mean, I know it’s about to be Thanksgiving and all, and players want to spend time with their families, but when it comes down to it, I’m sure that the players would rather make the playoffs than to have Thanksgiving off. It sucks that when you consider the Miami game, and the upcoming Buffalo game, Seattle will probably travel farther those two games then teams like Pittsburgh travel all year.

  3. gonefishin69690 says:

    @displaced, I think the time with family would do the players more good than harm, and PC has been taking them out on Friday. I really don’t think it’s gonna be an issue. Especially for Wilson.

  4. Ewalters7354 says:

    Jason Jones has indeed played well.He’s been a force in there.The pass rush seemed to disappear when he was hurt(from an interior standpoint) and showed just how valuable he is to this defense.

  5. The rush-D also suffered without Jones. I think part of that is that Scruggs immediately got hurt, and Mebane seems to be suffering from something or other–perhaps that balky calf. But there is no doubt Seattle’s D plays a whole lot better with Jones in the lineup.

    Branch doesnt seem worth his pay. I dont expect Seattle to offer him another contract at that level. We need to draft a stud DT, a big fast WR, and a fast OLB and a RT next year…too bad all those guys need to come in the first three rounds and we dont have that many high picks lol!

  6. Dukeshire says:

    I would actually prefer the ‘Hawks get into the routine they’ve been using all season.

  7. PugetHawk says:

    Jones isn’t worth $8 million a year but he is worth $20mil over 4 years. The other free agents can be replaced through the draft.

    I wonder if Hill comes back to be a bench player? I expect his position to be addressed early in the draft right after receiver, depending on best player available.

    Hauschka is a mystery to me. I honestly don’t know anything about kickers and I am okay with that.

  8. STTBM, Although I agree that those are our greatest positions of need going into the off-season. I would hold on the assumption that WR is our glaring number 1 need. Tate has clearly taken a step in the right direction, Rice has been healthy and Baldwin is just finding his feet this year. A strong finish by these 3 and we may have a potent 3 WR set as we are. That way you can afford to let a few players slip and still get the impact players we need.

    To me, RT is our glaring hole – I haven’t rated Giacomini at all this year (he’s just a servicable talent) and the draft seems very top heavy on the OL this year. Where-as there are WR’s all through the top 3 rounds to be had. Luckily we have a recent record of getting top-level performances early from our later round picks that may just help us again?

  9. My bad STTBM – looks like you didn’t say WR is the biggest need of ours. Mis-read the post before replying! To early in the morning here in UK.

  10. OakleyD–I havent made up my mind what the top priority position is, and I always believe in taking the best player in the first, especially at a position of immediate need. So it will depend on how the mock drafts, college and pro season shakes out.

    My brother in law is from the UK, where you at over there?

    PugetHawk–Jones is worth at least 5 mill a year for sure. We paid Branch that, and he’s always hurt and poop on a stick compared to Jones. I say keep Jones whatever the cost, and let Branch walk unless we can get him cheap. He definitely didnt live up to his contract.

  11. Giac has played much better the last three games, and Moffitt seems to be better at LG than at RG. Depending on how those guys play–and Carp–that will affect whether a RT is a bigger priority than WR or DT. So will how the college guys finish the year. We’ll see.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    My 2 cents, if I may: I think the top three positions, in no particular order are WR, TE, and Corner (especially as often as they are in nickel). But like STTBM notes, it’s a little early yet, to specify anything.

    And if i can ask, what do mock drafts have to do with what needs Seattle has? (I may have misunderstood what you meant.)

  13. Dukeshire: no problem. What I meant was since I dont watch much College Football, and since lots of players hurt/help their draft stock late in the season/in bowl games and in the offseason with workouts and the combine, I generally have few firm ideas on who the Hawks should take or which players will fit our needs. I use the Mocks to identify possible players, then I research them on the Net–hacks, avg joes like me, YouTube, and pro scouting sites as well as stats and newspaper articles all help me form my very much amateur-class opinions.

    Sometimes I like a guy from their Sophomore or Junior seasons, like Adrian Peterson, Sam Bradford, Julio Jones, Michael Floyd, Crabtree, etc. But many of my impetus to research guys that I havent seen play come from Mocks etc. So until those start solidifying a little bit, Im still forming opinions.

  14. And it will depend on the quantity/quality of this draft at certain positions. If there are only a few DT’s with upside, and Seattle by the end of the year seems to need one nearly as bad as a WR, but the draft has lots of big fast WR’s, then I will likely pick a DT in the first and a WR in the second or third.

    Same goes for RT: depends on the quality/quantity of RT prospects, WR and DT prospects, fast LB prospects, and how Seattle’s players at those positions–like Breno–acquit themselves over the course of a whole season. Ten games in is a little early to form concrete opinions.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    Okay, that makes sense. Right on…

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