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Archives: March 2013

March
29th

Report: Flynn trade to Raiders “imminent”

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that the Seattle Seahawks engaged in trade discussions involving backup QB Matt Flynn and a deal appears “imminent.” Werder says the trade partner with Seattle is unknown.

However, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that team appears to be Oakland. La Canfora also reports that the Seahawks will consider bringing in Tyler Thigpen to backup Russell Wilson if Flynn moves on.

The Seahawks have not confirmed that Flynn will be moved via trade. No word yet on the draft compensation Seattle would receive in return for Flynn. If Flynn is traded to Oakland, than current Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer likely will be released. Palmer is due to make $13 million in base salary in 2013.

Flynn was due to make $5.25 million in base salary in 2013. So trading Flynn would save Seattle $3.25 million in cap space, and more important $5.25 million in cash.

Although the deal is not done, Seattle teammates already are wishing Flynn well with his new team.

March
29th

Morning links: Bevell readies for Harvin’s arrival

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre (4) and wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) talking as they leave the field at the end of the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Percy Harvin immediately forged a bond with Brett Favre last season, despite their age difference of nearly 20 years.  (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien, File)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre (4) and wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) talking as they leave the field at the end of the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Percy Harvin immediately forged a bond with Brett Favre last season, despite their age difference of nearly 20 years. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien, File)

Albert Breer of the NFL Network talks with Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell about the newest addition to his offense, Percy Harvin.

Breer hits on similar themes I already addressed when I talked with Bevell a few weeks ago. However, this quote about Harvin’s reported, off-the-field issues was something new I had not heard or seen.

Breer: “The personality quirks were more difficult to sort out. But with each rock the Seahawks turned over in talking to former coaches and teammates, their comfort level increased. They’d found a player who was disruptive mainly when he felt that he was being disrespected or used incorrectly. Losing Brett Favre as his quarterback had also affected his mindset. Word was that he was fine the majority of the time. So it seemed to be a matter of managing the rest, something the Seahawks, armed with Carroll, feel confident they can do.”

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March
28th

Seahawks announce off-season program dates

The NFL released the off-season workout dates for all 32 teams this afternoon.

The Seattle Seahawks begin their offseason program on April 15.

Seattle will have organized team activities (OTA days) on May 20-21; May 23; May 28-29; May 31; and June 3-6.

The Seahawks will host a mandatory minicamp from June 11-13.

March
28th

Report: DT McDaniel agrees to terms with Hawks

New England Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) crosses the 1,000 yard mark for the season on this play as he is wrapped-up by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (78)during the second half of their NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday afternoon, Jan. 2, 2011. The Patriots defeasted the Dolphins 38-7.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
New England Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) crosses the 1,000 yard mark for the season on this play as he is wrapped-up by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (78)during the second half of their NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday afternoon, Jan. 2, 2011. The Patriots defeasted the Dolphins 38-7. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Miami free agent defensive tackle Tony McDaniel will sign a one-year deal to join the Seattle Seahawks.

The team has not confirmed this report.

McDaniel visited Seattle last week. At 6-foot-7 and 305 pounds, McDaniel appears to fill Seattle’s need for a run-stuffing defensive tackle, making it unlikely that defensive tackle Alan Branch returns to the team in free agency.

McDaniel, 28, finished with 11 tackles a half a sack in 11 games played in 2012.

March
28th

Morning links: Jags not interested in Flynn?

Seattle Seahawks' Matt Flynn during NFL football practice Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks’ Matt Flynn during NFL football practice Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports reports that according to a source, the Oakland Raiders have legitimate interest in trading for Matt Flynn, confirming an earlier report by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

However, Silver says that according to another source Jacksonville is not interested in acquiring Flynn, contrary to La Canfora’s report.

Silver also writes that Carson Palmer likely prefers taking less money to be a backup on a winning team than staying in Oakland as the starter. Silver reports that Palmer turned down an offer to take a $3 million pay cut from the $13 million he was due to earn with the Raiders in 2013.

Palmer’s likely departure is one reason that Oakland might have interest in Flynn.

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March
27th

Report: Alan Branch fires agent

Seattle Seahawks' Alan Branch (99) reacts after recovering a Carolina Panthers fumble as Carolina Panthers' Jonathan Stewart (28) walks off during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The Seahawks won 16-12. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Seattle Seahawks’ Alan Branch (99) reacts after recovering a Carolina Panthers fumble as Carolina Panthers’ Jonathan Stewart (28) walks off during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The Seahawks won 16-12. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Seattle Seahawks free agent defensive tackle Alan Branch has fired his agent, CAA.

Per the report, CAA waived its five-day waiting period, allowing Branch’s new agent Blake Baratz to immediately begin negotiating with NFL teams.

Branch, 28, did not miss a game last season for the Seahawks, finishing with 29 tackles and a sack during the regular season. The University of Michigan product was considered one of the more productive defensive tackles available entering free agency. However, a soft market appears to have resulted in a decrease in the 28-year-old’s value. Florio expects the Jaguars, where former Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley begins his first year as Jacksonville’s head coach, to show interest in Branch.

The Seahawks still could use a run-stuffing defensive tackle, but for now Michael Bennett is projected to fill that role for Seattle.

“You have to analyze your draft board, see where you’re at, see which players you think will be available and how much emphasis you need to put on different positions in free agency,” said Seahawks general manager John Schneider said, when asked about the possibility of Branch returning to Seattle. “Regarding Alan specifically, he did a great job here. We’ve been in contact with his people. Our coaching staff has been talking to him and we’ll see where that negotiation goes.”

March
27th

Morning links: Wilson ready to take next step

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) pushes past St. Louis Rams' Eugene Sims for a 15-yard run in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 20-13. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) pushes past St. Louis Rams’ Eugene Sims for a 15-yard run in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 20-13. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

In my story today, I talked with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson about his plans to improve this offseason after a record-setting performance in his rookie year.

Wilson is spearheading a minicamp for Seattle’s offensive skill position players in Los Angeles before the team’s offseason program begins April 15. And he’s already watched every game from 2012 at least five times in order to self evaluate his performance last season.

“It’s basically getting into the groove of things and getting that swagger back,” Wilson said. “I think that’s going to be really important. Just having the reps, and letting those guys know what I can do well, and bringing that to the table. And also having that bonding experience when you’re together with the guys, it’s going to be pretty great for us.

“That’s part of having a championship-caliber offseason — getting your mind ready to play. It’s about when we get back, we’re sharp. And we’re ready to play. Our mind is ready to get going. That’s how we can separate ourselves.”

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March
26th

John Schneider on KJR: Michael Bennett has torn rotator cuff, but will not have surgery

KJR-AM’s Mitch Levy had a lengthy interview with Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider this morning, touching on a wide range of topics.

Levy asked Schneider about Adam Schefter of ESPN’s report that recent addition defensive end Michael Bennett had a torn rotator cuff that he played with for the duration of the 2012 season while in Tampa.

Levy wondered if Bennett’s injury helped drive down his market value in free agency.

“It is true,” Schneider said. “Now, in terms of his market value, I can’t answer that. But I do know that he played every game.”

“With a torn rotator cuff?” asked Levy

“That’s my understanding,” Schneider said. “And it’s not a situation. Our medical staff felt comfortable with it, especially on a one-year deal. A lot of these guys have gone out – Dwight Freeney and Osi (Umenyiora) – a number of these guys are still on the market.

“And so when you saw this come out, it’s interesting that it came out on the same day that Elvis Dumervil signed his contract. So I’m not sure in the agent world that was a little bit of mudslinging that was going on, or whatever. But it just happened to come out that day, which was like a week and half after we signed Michael.”

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