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Seahawks expected to sign DB Blackmon

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm with 53 Comments »
February 12, 2013 7:12 pm
Seattle Seahawks' Cameron Morrah, left, tries to tackle New York Giants' Will Blackmon,right, in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks’ Cameron Morrah, left, tries to tackle New York Giants’ Will Blackmon,right, in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

First reported by Mike Garafolo of USA Today, I can confirm that the Seattle Seahawks are expected to sign defensive back/return man Will Blackmon.

At 6-foot and 210 pounds, Blackmon last played in the NFL for the New York Giants in 2011, appearing in six games and finishing with five tackles.

The 28-year-old cornerback spent 2012 with the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena Football League.

A fourth round selection by Green Bay in the 2006 draft, Seattle general manager John Schneider was with the Packers when they selected Blackmon, so he has some familiarity with the Boston College product’s skill set.

Blackmon has experience playing inside on the slot receiver in nickel situations.

Blackmon also returned kicks and punts while in the NFL. He averaged 20.7 yards a kick return, with a long of 45 yards on 81 returns. And Blackmon also averaged 9.5 yards per punt return on 76 attempts, including three for touchdowns.

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  1. Singularitarian says:

    Liftin up them rocks

  2. bird_spit says:

    I suspect LWs time is over. His upside is no longer. I’d look for Leon to land nicely but not in Seattle. 2.5 million due to Leon in ’13. He is huge on kick offs, but has lost a step. He is not the #3 RB. Of course, I could be wrong, and 2.5 million would be okay money for one of the leagues best return guys. I’d expect competition to be judged with that contract price. Any team would pick him up if he is cut, but they will play chicken with his million dollar roster bonus.

  3. Leon is well worth his contract in 2013.

  4. This looks like more of a move to replace Trufant and provide a little more depth at the DB position. Not to mention it’s a small insurance policy againt LW being injured, and could provide some competition for him.

    That said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see LW let go because we really only had two backs carrying the load this year and they might be looking for a little more out of that roster spot.

  5. I agree w/bobby re Leon. He may have lost a step, but he’s still productive, smart and reliable. Good guy to have back there for a playoff team. Keep him around for ’13.

  6. Singularitarian says:

    Carroll and Co don’t seem to think that 31 year old “reliable” veterans are the way to go at just about any position. If they feel he’s the best option, by all means keep him. But if not, This is not the team that keeps underperforming old veterans on the roster for a safety valve. Maybe New England

  7. Singularitarian says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Josh Portis would make sense as a backup to Wilson? maybe bring in a cheaper end veteren and let them duke it out for backup. I thimk he has the right skill set to fit in Scheme wise for an absent Wilson. Always kind of liked the kid.

  8. CDHawkFan says:

    Does ‘lost a step’ mean his 40 time is not the same as when he was 22, or does it mean he is not as productive as he used to be? I would agree that he is probably not as fast, but I have not seen him lose anything especially with the rule changes on kickoffs. He kept us in the game at AZ and without his punt return against the Pats, Wilson doesn’t get to throw the 50 yard bomb. I am sure there are other examples. No love for Leon from a lot of folks, I don’t get it. Maybe it’s because he hasn’t done much as a back-up RB, which to me is not a big deal.

  9. SandpointHawk says:

    Washington had a Pro Bowl Season, returned his eighth kickoff for a score, tying the NFL career record. He also averaged a career-best 29.0 yards returning kickoffs, which ranked second in the league, and 8.7 yards on punt returns.

    Cut the bum he’s overpaid and way too old…

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Thank you, Sandpoint. Some have been inexplicably running Washington out of town, so to speak, for 3 seasons now. He’s an elite returner, still. Of course the fact is that they will have to replace him soon simply due to his age, but he’s as productive as he’s ever been.

  11. montanamike2 says:

    I think Blackmon will take Trufants place and unless we find a gem, Washington stays put. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Red take a paycut,
    Plantar injuries can linger for years. Once again JS begins his magic.
    We need a veteran nickel and one more need already filled before the draft.

  12. montanamike2 says:
  13. DanielleMND says:

    I don’t think Blackmon takes anyone’s place until he earns it. For now, this is a depth/competition signing, nothing more.

  14. montanamike2 says:

    Right, possible replacement.

  15. edstang45 says:

    I agree DanielleMND,…but how did report about bringing in Blackmon turn into Washingtons demise?? Washington has been a cornerstone to SpecialTeams, Has he lost a step, maybe but where is the ball after he touches it, up around the 30 or 40, still in his hands. Leon is still special. I see Blackmon if anything comes in to compete, and see where he is. More depth if nothing else for cheap…..

  16. I agree with Danielle and Ed as well. This is a tire kicking session and nothing more. Leon is still relevant to this team and has value.

  17. Hammajamma says:

    The only reason LW would be in jeopardy is if they find a productive 3rd RB they can’t let go. If other position players put pressure on backfield roster spots, their might be some creative shuffling. He may be a niche player, but I don’t see any reason to pronounce a Pro Bowl kick returner dead just yet.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    edstang45 – This seems to happen any time (recently) Seattle signs a player with kick returning experience.

  19. Good front offices unload their vets before they start the decline. I’m sure the hawks will be looking for a LW’s replacement in the draft. You know Carroll would love to have a 3rd RB that has breakaway speed and can catch out of the back field. I would like to see a shifty back that would really be a change up from Lynch and Turbin’s more physical style. Now if they don’t find that type a back LW will be back for sure. That’s what is great about Schneider, he always seems to have multiple options.

  20. I believe this front office keeps their cards close to thier chest. They play chess with our division espceially. Both bring in players to decoy what they are doing or thinking. Washington isn’t going anywhere. Trufant maybe. I’m excited to see just what happens this off season. Now were matching up for a Super Bowl Run.

  21. banosser says:

    That SB run had better include signing a vet DT and/or DE..

  22. Blackmon looks more like a S prospect at this stage of his career than a real CB prospect, but that’s okay since we need to find our team’s 3rd S after Johnson and Guy were underwhelming last year. Nickel CB should be crowded with competition in training camp, and that will be a great position to watch, with Lane and Thurmond competing against some new talent trying to take their jobs. Pete can’t have enough good DBs on this team and he knows it.

  23. Stevos–Guy was a rookie, and he was suspended 4 games. The staff still thinks highly of him, and much more is expected of him next year. Johnson just hasnt had enough playing time to get comfortable. But of course, if JS and Carrol see a way to improve at the S position, you can bet they will. They arent sentimental.

    I agree, Blackmon is a competition/depth signing. I thought he looked pretty good when I saw him onfield for the Giants I think…He’s got the size JS and PS want at DB, and he’s fast. Whether its nickel back or S, he’s worth bringing in for a look.

    I cant wait for FA to start, to see which DE’s and DT’s Seattle brings in for a look-see…

  24. yankinta says:

    I love this move. Trufant was our weak link and Winston Guy didn’t do any better against the Falcons…..We need a slot cb in a bad way…..

    Trufant will be waived.

    Leon Washington will be asked to take a pay cut or be let go. With the new kickoff rules, the value of a kick returner has been minimized.

    Next to do/watch: look for 3-Technique DT. Let’s see if they Bears will Franchise Henry Melton. I really hope not.

  25. Can you waive a player when they aren’t under contract for the following season?

  26. Trufant will still get the opportunity to compete in training camp. If he wants to come back; if Pete and company tell him he’s not likely to make the team, he may prefer to try to make another club. I was very surprised that NE wasnt interested in him last year, but only Denver wanted him.

    And as far as I know, as Bobbyk mentioned, Tru isnt under contract, so he cant be waived. He doesnt go through the waiver process anyway, since he’s a veteran. He’s simply a FA if he’s cut, even if he had a contract with the team that cuts him.

  27. yankinta says:

    Yes, of couse!!! Waving a player that isn’t under contract means,,, Really, please go away,, You cost us games last season and we could have had the 2nd Seed in the play with 1st round bye and Ultimately win the SuperBowl.

  28. alisonlopez7 says:

    Start working with Google. $85 an hour! Seriously I don’t know why more people haven’t tried this, I work two shifts, 2 hours in the day and 2 in the evening…And what’s awesome is I’m working from home so I get more time with my kids. Here’s where I went,.

  29. So if Trufant was sooo bad. Why did Pete ALWAYS use him when he was healthy. If they were in a hurry to get rid of him then he would NOT have been the guy in that position. IF anything the guys who didn’t get time in front of him are the ones who should be worried.

  30. Too the google thing

  31. Interesting. My guess is that this is an either / and / or kind of move. He either replaces Trufant and / or Washington or Blackmon hits the street again. Its a very low risk smart move. Typical of JS and PC.

  32. To the dude who chirped in about Winston Guy….. I thought he did an excellent job against Tony Gonzalez but, predictably, Gonzalez won most (all?) of these match-ups. This isn’t too much of a shock – neither KJ Wright or Kam Chancellor could cover Gonzalez either. Guy was arguably the best of the who tried to cover Gonzalez (Wright was easily the worst of the three). Before and during the game I was saying that there is no way the Seahawks cover Gonzalez with one guy, you need to chip him at the line with OLB and over the top with the coverage.

  33. yankinta says:

    Ummm blocis, I have a copy of that game. You should watch it again. ATL TE wasn’t the only guy that took advantage of Winston Guy. Their WRs lined up at the slot a lot, I’d say 30% to 40% too. They weren’t able to do damage on the outside against our top CBs. Plus, ATL like to line up their WR in the slot to get better matchups too. It was in the scouting report before the game.

    If you’re saying Winston Guy did an okay job, then I’d say we were watching a different game or your standards for an Elite Defense is very low.

  34. Guy was a rookie covering a HOF’er. What do you expect? Plus he sat out 4 games due to a suspension–which means he couldnt practice either.

    He should improve greatly by Game One next year. And dont worry, JS and PC will have plenty of competition for him. But remember, Carrol is still VERY high on this kids potential.

    Even Chancellor didnt get much time onfield his rookie year, and didnt always look stellar when he did. He turned out all right.

  35. primetimeguide says:

    I can’t believe that some are already cutting Leon! Remember, people, Pete doesn’t give ANY jobs away! He will bring in bodies he thinks might be able to help, or upgrade depth, but they must show him on the practice field that they can help more than the guy already there. And unless we draft the second coming of Devin Hester, or Leon, then hold your horses! Leon is dependable, doesn’t turn the ball over, and read this: he is a legitimate threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball on returns, be it kick offs, or punts. I skimmed alot of the comments, but I didn’t see anyone mention his TD KO return against the Fins last year…which could have been the winning score except our D couldn’t keep them from scoring at the end. He sees the holes on returns and makes the right cuts at the right time. If you notice, most teams don’t want to put the ball in his hands, so his chances are reduced to the respect other coaches are showing him. Speed alone a return man doesn’t make. Thanks SandPointHawk for throwing the stats in their faces!

  36. Leon is one of the key guys on the team. He’s breaking the all time return record as a Seahawk.

  37. Yank – I also have the game on PVR and I have watched it many times. I can remember one play in particular where Guy was in perfect position, they both have their hands on the ball, but the future HOF TE predictably wins the battle and makes the 1st down.

  38. I have written off Leon as a useful RB, but not as KR / PR unless we (surprisingly) sign Percy Harvin

  39. Remember Blocis – must trade for THEN sign Harvin. I think that lowers the chances

  40. tealskin says:

    Can criticize the Hawks for not covering Gonzalez very well, but he’s been getting open for what, 17 years? Big problem, no pressure on Ryan. Big, big problem as we all know. And even when Gonzalez isn’t open he catches the damn ball. Give the guy credit, he’s great.

  41. yankinta says:

    Wow,, I’m surprised how many people on this blog want to lay down for future Hall of Famers….. SAD.

    Gotta compete against the best to be the best. Or don’t show up to play at all if you’re gonna just lay down for Future HOF!!!


  42. yankinta says:

    49ers didn’t use any excuses about playing against Future HOF TE!!!! They just shut him down!!!

    Sad to be a Seahawks Fan on this blog!!

  43. After the season leon just had,the Hawks need to resign him. Blackmon is a replacement for Trufant. Tru lost a few steps & is a liability in his DB position. He was always trailing the play.

  44. yankita–No one is saying Seattle’s Defense–especially Guy–played well vs Atlanta and Gonzalez. They need to–and will–Improve. Guy was a rookie who had missed 4 weeks of practice. The guy still has a high ceiling, and its ridiculous to assume he will never be good because he got beaten by Gonzalez, Julio Jones, and Roddy White as a rookie. Those guys are all pretty good.

    No one is suggesting any players “lay down” for anyone. Dont be ridiculous.

    The worst part of that game was the idiotic gameplan that called for Browner to play off-man or off-zone vs the outside WR–even when his man was Harry Douglas or whatever, the SLOT wr, who is little compared to Browner. That same gameplan resulted in losses vs Detroit and Miami, I dont know why Bradley was such a fool as to think it would work vs Atlanta. No wonder Browner was freaking pissed!

    Carrol and Schneider will bring in as much competition for the nickel back spot and the D-backs overall as they possibly can. They try to improve every position group every year. So if they can find someone they like more than Guy, they will get them. If not, we have all training camp and preseason for the young guys like Johnson, Maragos, Guy, and Lane, not to mention vets like Thurmond and Blackmon, to compete and show whose the best player at those spots.

    My money is on Lane or Guy winning the nickel slot, unless Thurmond stays healthy. But who knows? All I know is the kid will get another shot, and giving up on him now or labeling him a failure is absolutely asinine.

  45. Nobody is laying down for future HOFers….. just recognizing that they are assumed to be a future HOFer because they can play some pretty good ball.

    I think everybody is hoping for better coverage out of the back seven this year.

  46. yankinta says:

    STTBM, I didn’t give up on Winston Guy. I gave up on Trufant. Maybe you should go back read my post before using the word asinine. lol.

    All I’m saying it I love this move cuz we need Nickel CB help in a big way. And don’t use being a Rookie as an excuse. Richard Sherman played well as a Rookie, he never got burned like that in a 48 min game. Playing Effective CB as a Rookie is a very common in the NFL, go look at GreenBay’s CB’s….

  47. CDHawkFan says:

    Guys, the Hawks go into camp with like 90 players then have to get down to 53. Players signed now typically don’t make the 53. A few of you have this guy starting over our starters, I think there is a better chance this guy is cut through camp.

    I mean if he is good to start in the NFL in your eyes then why was he playing in the Arena League last year? The last year in the NFL he only played in 6 games and had 5 tackles, but you are now excited for him to start for us? Why? Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but as a fan you should do a bit of homework so you don’t look like a …

  48. yankinta says:

    Ummm dude, CDHawkFan, you don’t get it. We’re excited to look at any Nickel CB that isn’t named Marcus Trufant. It’s all about the competition and we want the best CBs to compete for that. Doesn’t mean we’re sold on anyone, until we see what they can do on the gameday. Just like I’m not sold on Winston Guy but willing to have him compete with others…

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