Dave Boling of The News Tribune believes the Seattle Seahawks aggressive approach in free agency, led by general manager John Schneider, is helping the team win the talent acquisition competition with NFC West division rival San Francisco.
After securing Percy Harvin in a trade with Minnestoa, Seattle’s latest salvo is the Seahawks agreeing to terms with Detroit Lions free agent defensive end Cliff Avril.
Boling: “Fans are eagerly measuring how these two moves have affected the balance in the NFC West Division.
And that shows exactly how the Seattle-San Francisco rivalry has ripened. It’s not a thing that gets hyper-intensive on two Sundays in the fall, but demands a fan’s year-round attention.
Schneider upped the ante Wednesday with the Avril signing.
Your move, Niners.”
John Boyle of The Everett Herald provides a report from the University of Washington’s pro day, where cornerback Desmond Trufant had a strong workout in front of scouts from a nine NFL teams – Seattle, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Denver, New England, Kansas City, Oakland, Jacksonville and New Orleans. Seattle’s contingent included defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr., secondary coach Kris Richard and defensive passing game coordinator Rocky Seto.
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times believes the small amount the Seahawks are paying Russell Wilson in his rookie deal allows them to spend more money on free agency this year.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports former Seahawk Leon Washington is visiting the Patriots.
Robert Mays of Grantland writes about Steve Hutchinson and the overlooked value of guards in the NFL.
ESPN’s Jake Thomases has a nice feature on Anna Wilson, the younger sister of Russell Wilson, and one of the best high school girls basketball players in the nation.
Jeff Reynolds of NFLDraftScout.com says that Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams had a strong workout at his pro day, including a 40-yard time of 4.84 seconds at 6-3 and 326 pounds.