Day 2 of the NFL Scouting Combine begins today. We should have more player interviews, along with the expectation that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will speak to reporters this afternoon.
In my story today, former Seattle Seahawks salary cap specialist and contract negotiator John Idzik is learning the ropes the hard way as the new general manager of the New York Jets, dealing with the relentless New York media.
Idzik already is on the defensive, having to quiet the storm created by speculation that the Jets want to trade injured
quarterback cornerback Darrelle Revis. Idzik leaned on a word bandied about the VMAC on a daily basis by Pete Carroll – competition.
The most interesting part of the conversation is Idzik said he wants to bring competition to quarterback position, both from on the roster and through the draft or free agency.
So does that mean Idzik would be interested in a move to bring Matt Flynn to New York? We’ll have to wait and see on that – team executives aren’t allowed to comment on players under contract with other teams because it would be considered tampering by the league.
“I like the idea of any quarterback who comes in competing,” Idzik said. “And I don’t think it’s limited to who we have. That’s going to be a constant process. So who can we bring in, or who can we draft? Or who are the incumbents that are coming along well that spice up that competition? Again, that’s an ongoing thing.”
Here’s my story breaking down the bullet points from Seahawks general manager John Schneider’s press conference on Thursday, including the possibility of trading Matt Flynn.
I talked with KJR’s Ian Furness and Jason Puckett from the combine on Thursday. You can listen to the conversation here.
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes the Seahawks Way is starting to rub off on the rest of the league.
Check out the full video of Schneider talking at the combine on Thursday right here.
Clare Farnsworth at Seahawks.com writes that new Arizona head coach Bruce Arians had a familiar Super Bowl ring on from Super Bowl XL, Pittsburgh’s win over the Seattle Seahawks. Arians served as the wide receivers coach for the Steelers in 2006.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman goes into further detail about feeling disrespected by Darrelle Revis on NFL AM.
Pat Kirwan writing for CBS Sports says the University of Washington product Desmond Trufant has a chance to be drafted in the first round if he answers questions about his long speed at the combine.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com writes that Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray gained 24 pounds, measuring in at 6-6 and 232 pounds. Bray plans to participate in all drills, including throwing drills, at the combine.
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports has an interesting story on Tennessee tight end Jared Cook, who could be a possible target for Seattle in free agency. The Titans are expected to franchise Cook. However, the tight end’s representation has broached the possibility that Cook should be classified as a receiver instead of a tight end because he lined up as a receiver about 80 percent of the time for the Titans. The difference in franchise tags for a tight end ($6 million) and receiver ($10.5 million) is significant.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated writes that there’s talent available in free agency, but that doesn’t necessarily mean players will be receiving megadeals. King: “The flat cap is dictating many decisions. NFL teams have been told to expect a cap of around $121 to $122 million over the next two years, with marginal increases after that, beginning in 2015. And so smart teams snug to the cap — Baltimore, Seattle, Atlanta, the Giants — will lead the way by not jumping out in the early days of the market for any player other than a reasonably priced one. “More than anything this year, I believe you will see teams saying, ‘patience is a virtue,’” one general manager said over the weekend. That means that the secondary market, which usually occurs about two weeks after free agency begins in mid-March, will be a busier time than the early days of free agency.”