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Morning Links: Key dates coming up

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Feb. 8, 2014 at 10:18 am with 47 Comments »
February 8, 2014 10:18 am

Good morning.

As we move into the offseason, let’s take a look at what’s coming up.

Feb. 17
First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition players.

Feb. 19-25
NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

March 8-11
Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2013 Players Contract at 1 p.m. Pacific on  March 11. However, a contract cann be executed with a new club until 1 p.m. on March 11.

March 11
> Prior to 1 p.m., clubs must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts

> Prior to 1 p.m., clubs must submit Qualifying Offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation

> Prior to 1 p.m., clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts and who have fewer than three Accrued Seasons of free agency credit

> Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the 2014 Salary Cap prior to 1 p.m.

> All 2013 player contracts will expire at 1 p.m.

> 2014 Free agency period, League Year begins (1 p.m.)

> The first day of the 2014 League Year will end at 8:59:59 p.m., on March 11. Clubs will receive a Personnel Notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 1 p.m., and 8:59:59 p.m., on March 11

> Trading period begins (1 p.m.)

March 23-26
NFL annual meeting (Orlando, Fla.)

April 7
Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin offseason workouts

April 21
Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs

May 2
Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets

May 7
Deadline for Prior Club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents

May 8-10
2014 NFL Draft

May 19-21
NFL spring league meeting (Atlanta)


> Four Seahawks — Michael Bennett, Jermaine Kearse, Bobby Wagner and Cliff Avril were at ESPN yesterday. In one segment, they were asked to complete the sentence, “The 49ers are …” :

> Richard Sherman with his final installment for Monday Morning Quarterback.

> SI looks at the All-22 Film to breakdown the Seahawks’ domination of Denver.

> Michael Silver says the Seahawks will continue to thrive despite the salary cap challenges coming up.

> The NFLPA is likely looking at some leadership changes.

> A Seahawks’ season wrap-up from ESPN.

> And, here’s a former agent arguing the opposite of Silver, saying the cap could stunt the Seahawks’ attempt at ongoing success.

Leave a comment Comments → 47
  1. Sherm & Malcolm on Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday.

  2. That CBS Sports article about the cap is pretty well written and well reasoned. I would hope Clemons, Bryant and Miller are open to taking pay cuts of about 50%. They could save around $18m with those restructures and by releasing Rice. That would leave them with enough room to sign enough players to get to 53, the draft choices and a $9m/year contract for Bennett. They might even be able to get Thomas’ extension in there as well.

  3. Earl Thomas is going to be in the final year of a 5 year, $21.5 million contract.

    Richard Sherman is going to be in the final year of a 4 year contract that pays him a little over $2 million total.

    Both deserve raises and extentions this off-season before they get to training camp.

    I’d love to resign Bennett but if I had to choose between him and keeping the core three of the Legion together (Kam has already been extended), it’s not even close.

    Plus, Bennett is about 2 1/2 years older than Sherman. With Browner done and WTIII a free agent, we don’t have much to eventually replace Sherman. We do have Jordan Hill, imo, to help get some push up the middle next season. He showed enough in the preseason to me to think that he’ll make an impact in ’14 with a year of seasoning under his belt (most DTs not named Suh don’t come in as a rookie DT and become an impact player – not all, mind you, but MOST).

    In a perfect world, we keep all of them, but I want Wilson, ET, Kam, and Sherman spending their entire careers in Seattle.

  4. Looking to next year, franchising ET would be almost $7 million (based on this years numbers) while franchising Sherman would be almost $11 million. I’d much rather take care of Sherman now and ET later if we had to choose only one to extend this off-season. Not that it should matter in terms of fairness because the NFL truly is a business, but ET has already made millions and millions and millions more than Sherman has. It’s time for Sherman to become rich.

    Ideally, we should extend both this off-season, IMO. If others have to be let go, that’s the way it is… but Sherm and ET are two guys who need to be here for the long haul. Greatness costs money and those are two guys we must keep at the expense of others who cannot claim they are the best in the NFL at what they do. If that means that guys like Tate now and Wright, Smith, Maxwell, etc. later have to be allowed to leave… so be it. That’s what the draft is for to fill in for regular players. Superstars simply don’t fall from trees.

  5. True that Hill will (hopefully) be more available next season. Same for Scruggs and Tharold Simon. Throw in Christine Michael and there are 4 young players who didn’t play much and could help in 2014….. Almost like extra draft picks.

  6. Would really like to sign Bennett…… I know they are not exactly interchangeable, but if I had to would ask Red to restructure or be cut to make Bennett possible.

  7. freedom_X says:

    I’m in the minority in that I don’t consider Red Bryant expendable and don’t want to see him cut. Reduced pay yes, but I consider him essential for the run defense, and I don’t see anyone on the roster who can even potentially fill his spot except for a gimpy, untested Jesse Williams. If they had more young candidates I’d change my tune.

    I think he’s a lot closer in importance to Michael Bennett than most other people think. But run-stuffing is undervalued in the eyes of fans. A lot of people here thought Bryant was getting too much money even when he 1st signed his contract. But a healthy Bryant is one piece of the puzzle that has made the Seattle D dominant the last two years.

    Even with him there have been still a few lapses in the run defense, so I’d be really worried if he were gone. I hope that the contract was structured like the other big money contracts Seattle handed out 3-4 years ago – the players already expecting that they are going to be redone unless they blew away expectations (which were high to begin with.)

  8. I like Red and would prefer to keep him. But its simply easier to find a 300lb two gap DE to play 1st and 2nd down than it is to replace the inside and outside pass rush you get from Michael Bennett.

  9. pabuwal says:

    The team is right at the salary cap with just 45 players signed and a ton of players on cheap rookie contracts.

    The math doesn’t work unless role players are let go (Rice), reduced (Miller, Bryant, Clemons) or not resigned (Tate, Thurmond).

  10. kurtisballard says:

    I’m certain I’m in the minority, but is there anyone else apprehensive about giving Richard Sherman a big contract? He definitely deserves it compared to other CBs in the league, but I’m wondering if he improves the defense enough to command 20+ % of its budget.

  11. Decker is a good WR and he had 1 catch for 6 yards in the Super Bowl. There is a reason that CBs have a higher tag than most other positions and that’s because they are more important. Not wanting to pay Sherman sounds about like not wanting to pay Hutch because he was just a guard. I like guys like Red but if some have to go to pay a lockdown CB then that’s what you do Imo.

  12. This team can do without guys like Rice, Miller, Clem, Red, etc. moving forward. I don’t want to be without them but Clem is getting up there and the franchise cornerstones need to be retained first and foremost. Besides, we’ve got six picks coming up in May and many of them will stick on minimal contracts.

  13. I like Kearse and Baldwin more than I like Tate – ONLY because they can be had cheaper than Tate and be almost as effective.

    Of course we are hoping that Harvin can stay healthy – if not then you need Tate – or someone like him around.

  14. Its funny the number of folks saying Tate doesnt deserve 6-8 million a year. They site his stats and his “disappearing” in some games this year and last. Whats funny is that some are the same people who insisted until this year (after he got hurt) that Rice was worth his 7-8 million a year; they insisted his production was artificially limited by Carrol’s conservative offense, that his games with 0-2 catches didnt matter because he was always/often double covered and so drew the safety deep, opening up plays for other players, etc, etc.

    Well, Tate is now playing better and drawing more notice from Safeties than Rice ever did. He’s also gotten open deep, which Rice couldnt do this year, and rarely did last year. Rice avg less than 2 catches per game this year before his injury–14 catches in 8 games. At that point he’d been paid around 3.5-4 million dollars for those 8 games. He caught 50 passes for 748 yards and 7 TD’s last year, 32 for 484 and 2 TD’s in 2011.

    Tate caught 64 passes for 898 yards and 5 TD’s this year, 14 catches more than Rice has managed in any year since 2009. Last year he caught 45 passes for 688 yards and 7 TD’s despite missing a game due to injury.

    By the time Rice had his 14 catches in game 8 this year, Tate had 32.

    He’s limited more by Carrol’s conservatism on offense than by anything else. He draws the safeties deep, opening up plays for the less dynamic Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse.

    He also returns punts like a boss, boss. Thats worth something extra.

    I certainly hope Tate doesnt command Sidney Rice money, or more–but lets face it people: Rice was drastically, even criminally overpaid his entire tenure here, even disregarding the stats and simply looking at how much/little he impacted the game. And Tate is a better player this year and last than Rice ever was for us. Plus, Tate is young and getting better, and has proven to be not only tough, but durable. Rice and Harvin have proven they are not durable. Rice cant even claim to be tough–he’s glass.

  15. Here is the official NFL Films Super Bowl 48 Highlight film!

  16. I dont think we can do without Miller. Certainly the very idea depends utterly on replacing Giacomini with a major upgrade at RT, and getting Fat Carp and Sweezebag replaced with upgrades at G.

    I dont see anyone being willing to outbid us for Miller. The only way he leaves is if he wont take a pay cut and he gets butthurt and takes less money than we’re offering to leave. I dont see him doing that.

  17. Bobbyk–I totally agree that Sherm deserves to be paid first since he’s been playing at a 7-12 million dollar level for three years and made peanuts, while ET has been well–if under–paid.

    Also agree that CB is perhaps the hardest position to play besides qb, and in todays NFL nearly as important. That said, I think I would keep ET over Sherm if I had to choose. Eventually, Sherm will lose speed and thus effectiveness as he’s not the fastest guy anyhow. ET has world-class speed and as long as we dont beat him up a-la-Bob Sanders in the run game, he should be able to play at a high level longer.

    Also, ET has been here a year longer, and so is inline to get an extension first. But who knows? Betcha JS and PC have a plan to keep nearly everyone, and get them extensions before their contract runs out. Tate didnt get his sooner because he was a punk his rookie year, and a project. But he’ll get his offer this offseason, and he can leave if he chooses; but it wont be because Seattle wasnt willing to give him a nice extension, it will be for big money and the chance to be a star.

  18. A little revisionist IMO STTBM – But the one thing we can agree on – ALL of our receivers are hampered by our philosophies on offense. We have all commented that Rice, Tate, Baldwin, Miller . . . . . we open down field and RW didn’t throw them the ball. Partially IMO because PC doesn’t want them to go down field if it’s not perfectly open.

  19. Thank You Rodman!

    I’m watching it now. Awesome!

    It’s really getting real when you see the NFL films film.

    The Seahawks made history against the greatest offense ever!

  20. rramstad says:

    As an aside, anyone else really loving how short this offseason will feel? It’s fantastic to have been playing an additional three weeks as opposed to last year… really wild to think that we’re only three months away from the draft.

  21. Watching the Sound FX again – found a few things interesting

    1. On Percy’s first run – the DE didn’t even see him go by with the ball
    2. After his TD – Lynch asking “can we score more?”
    3. On Malcom’s INT – he made a great play for the ball and the WR just stood there
    4. After the 4-2 play that Manning short hoped “Where the hell did he come from?”
    5. RW – quote “keep it in attack mode” after the Smith Fumble recovery
    6. Kearse TD – the more I see it the more I think it is the best single play of the game
    7. Pete – they got no running game – let them run, we will just come up and tackle them
    8. love how RW – talks to Tate about getting the first!!!

  22. 9. Earl took out a number of our guys going for big hits
    10. Avril was around Manning sooo often
    11. The love from Champ for Smith and the Defense
    12. They waited for the TV to be back for the Gatorade AND RW – “he won’t expect me”
    13. RW to the Twins – “thanks for the opportunity”
    14. The Genuine hug between Carroll and Paul Allen

  23. Denver was totally out-coached.

    Avril, Bennett and Clemons were fantastic in harassing Manning the whole game.

  24. NFLN is going to have the real Super Bowl on tomorrow night (Hawks hosting 49ers).

    That Sherman tip to Smith ranks every bit up there with “The Catch.” It’s one of the great finishes of any game in the history of the NFL and it’s “ours.”

    “The Tip.” I like it. Someone else had the idea for the name, but of all the names – it’s the one I like best.

  25. Rbuzy – you are totally correct – Quinn changed our looks for our LB and DB’s and changed the way our rushers attacked the pocket to total success!!

    Clearly we also know how to attack the defense as well – they always seemed to be guessing

  26. montanamike2 says:

    I’d give Tate 6-7 mil a year, we might be undervaluing him, but i know a lot of GB or Rams fans not to mention many other teams that hate him but would love to have him on their team. Dudes a playmaker and a good returner too, just because we have Harvin playing doesn’t mean we don’t need to stretch the field and also act as an insurance policy for Harvin. Many games that Tate disappeared in were because he had that much attention on him. He want’s to stay and i want him here to play dynamic duo with Harvin.

  27. pabuwal says:

    Once you start dismantling this DL to pay guys like Tate, then you start blowing either of those one score NO and SF playoff games.

  28. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Very true Pabs.. I like Tate but not at that price. Figure he’s gone along with Rice. I like Rice and would try to bring him back on the cheap but not sure if thats posiible.. Harvin, Kearse, Baldwin, maybe a cheap Rice/ or a draft pick and Lockette is a solid group of WR’s without Tate. The only thing we would miss from Tate is his PR skills not his WR skills. Kearse might just explode next year.

    Big Red and Z.Miller will have to restructure if they want to stay. Clemons too or he may be gone.

    The OLine will have a young look too. Breno and McQuistan should be gone. Also What is up with Unger?? He was average at best all season and his snaps were low and soft. He may be a goner as well if he doesnt figure out his issues..Figure we draft some guys at this spot.

    Okung ,Carp, Unger/Lem,Sweezy,Bowie/Bailey should be an ok line, as long as Unger gets fixed and Carp stays motivated.

  29. montanamike2 says:

    Unger had a pect injury he played through this season, he’ll bounce back next year hopefully. Tate isn’t necessary to get more rings but i’d still like to keep him, ultimately Harvin should loosen a few bucks to help the guys who actually got him to the big game. Maybe 6-7 mil a year is too much but i want to keep him on the roster, i do agree that keeping the defense intact is a higher priority.

  30. montanamike2 says:

    I’m glad we have Kam locked up for a while, much like Lynch he actually improved after his payday.

  31. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Brian (Butt hurt) Burke says the Seahawks are not in the conversation as best defense ever.

  32. montanamike2 says:

    I told you that we’d have to win 3 SB’s in a row before we get any real respect.

  33. Southendzone says:

    A few people seem to be down on Breno, to me he looks like one of our better lineman. Definitely don’t see a need to cut him loose.

    Does anyone subscribe to PFF stats? I remember earlier they were saying that our guard combo was the worse in the league, I bet Breno’s grades on their own aren’t too bad and wouldn’t be shocked if they were better than Okung last season.

  34. pabuwal says:

    Going back to Clemons, he was such a beast in these playoffs. I’m wondering if it was because he was finally 1 year removed from the ACL surgery. He was just as valuable as the beloved Bennett.

    I don’t think the Seahawks can ask him for a paycut. They can’t just give away pass rushers. They might be better off just cutting other players like Miller and even Bryant outright.

    The deep pass rush is why the Seahawks ended 2013 with a Super Bowl ring and not 2012 style disappointment.

  35. Southendzone says:

    Pabuwal you’re totally right. Sacrificing any of the valuable defensive players to keep a WR isn’t the way to do it. Keep the D strong, and yes, Clemons was looking good late in the season. Probably for the exact reason you mention, getting past his injury.

  36. I am also a Breno fan loved it that he carried Lynch,s jersey in the parade.He is a true dirt bag and has really reduced his dumb penalties I see far more coming from Okung. Max Unger must be still playing hurt and I think I read Okung,s toe may need surgery. Love Baily and Bowie cant wait to see what camp competition brings out in them and who ever we add.

  37. If any other CB is on Crabtree, regardless our pass rush, we don’t beat SF and we are talking about giving above average players like Tate millions so there ‘s eventually not enough for Sherman?

  38. Does anyone else think Browner resolves his problems and we get him back on the cheap with a huge chip on his shoulders. With the apparent league softening on marijuana use maybe we see him again, if he can win a starting job.

  39. pabuwal says:

    I have to go back and check but it did appear the pass rush affected Kapernick’s last throw. Regardless, Sherman’s extension isn’t coming this off season. Either he gets it next off season or they franchise tag him.

  40. piperfeltcher says:

    We will have to rework Okungs contract this offseason as he is also in his last year and do to make 11 million so should be able to structure his contract to save some money. Thomas will get a long term contract but as he made $5 million this year should be able to structure it to only cost a couple million more the 1st couple of years. Rice is gone and so is Clemons as there are replacements already on the roster. Hard to let Miller go as he is a key piece of the run game which is why he played almost every snap this season but should be able to restructure. I would expect we return almost the whole team for next year.

  41. piperfeltcher says:

    If we cut Clemons I would guess tat Irvin goes back to DE and rotates with Avril on the right side. I thought Breno definatly played better down the stretch but also think Cable could ooach up Bailey and save some money there.

  42. Southendzone says:

    Also if you read any of a number of columns about the Seahawk defensive performance in SB48 (Doug Farrar, Greg Cosell, others I can’t remember), they all point out that on key plays there were receivers wide open that could have made a play, but Manning had too much pressure to find them and deliver the ball.

    That includes plays where Sherman’s guy got open, so think twice before showing Clemons the door, he’s a big part of that line.

  43. montanamike2 says:

    The truth is we don’t know what moves are in store, this FO is so unpredictable.

  44. yellaman says:

    Let me put my 2 cents in this conversation. First off, JS stated not all of the hawks can be the highest players at their position. So players are going to have to give the hawks a price cut. Also, Rice, Miller, Bryant, Clemons, Mcquistan, Mrob, Thurmond, are most likely going to be cut or have their salaries drastically reduced. Tate and Bennett need to be resigned. I would like to see ET receive an extension this off season and wait till next season for Sherm. This team can’t keep everyone but I trust PC & JS to keep finding late round talent and FA who can step in to keep us competitive to win championships.

  45. chuck_easton says:


    McQuistain, MRob, and Thurmond are all FA’s. They aren’t on the roster anymore and they have no 2014 salary to cut.

  46. yellaman says:

    I knew that chuck, just wanted people to know that some players wont be back

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