Brian McIntyre of Yahoo Sports notes that offseason workout programs for 21 teams, including the Seahawks, begin today.
NFL teams with eight new coaches were allowed to begin offseason work at the beginning of April.
“Phase One” of offseason work consists of weight room conditioning and any rehab work players need by the team’s training staff.
McIntyre: “These 21 teams are entering “Phase One” of the program, a two-week period that is limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. The only coaches allowed on-field contact with the players are full- and part-time strength and conditioning coaches, and head coaches and position coaches are not even allowed to observe the workouts, which are limited to “dead ball” activities. Quarterbacks can throw to uncovered receivers and no helmets are allowed to be worn.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides more information on Seattle’s offseason program here.
Doug Baldwin provides some footage of Seattle players working out in L.A. in his latest addition of The Fresh Files in the video below.
ESPN’s John Clayton talks with Seahawks center Max Unger, who says the Pistol is here to stay.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated had this to say about Seattle signing cornerback Antoine Winfield. King: “I think the Antoine Winfield signing by Seattle is another good one — in part because of the plans the Seahawks have for the 35-year-old Winfield. Though Winfield played 1,100 snaps last season, it’d be a fluke if he matched that this season. The Seahawks plan to use him in the nickel role, which means maybe 600 snaps a game. Not even sure he’ll hold up playing that much, but at least he has a chance to stay on the field if he’s not asked to play every snap. And he’ll do it for less than the $3 million he would have gotten guaranteed in Minnesota to stay. Clearly Winfield was motivated by the chance to play with a Super Bowl contender.”
Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer writes that the Panthers had their eye on Russell Wilson in last year’s draft, thinking he would be a good option to backup Cam Newton.
University of Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant will not attend the NFL Draft in New York because of his grandfather’s illness.
Bob Kaupang of Rants Sports argues why Sidney Rice should be considered a No. 1 receiver.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes that the NFL’s regular-season schedule will not be release tomorrow, as expected. The league’s vice president of communications Greg Aiello tells Florio it could be another week or two before the schedule is released.