So, some shuffling yesterday. Let’s run down the Seahawks’ free agents and where we’re at after the initial free agency burst:
WR Golden Tate: Reportedly took a visit to Detroit on Tuesday. He’s expressed multiple times that he would like to stay in Seattle. Listening to some radio banter, I heard some folks label him “irreplaceable.” Terms like that only apply to the Calvin Johnsons of the world. But, I’ll say this: If you are the Seahawks, do you think Tate’s best work is yet to come? If you don’t bring him back, will you need two players to do what he did, which was lead the team in receptions and yards, plus be a good punt returner? If the answer to both of those is yes, then you might have to pay a little more than you thought. If not, he may end up elsewhere.
DT Tony McDaniel: Reportedly talking to the Seahawks about a return. Effective on the interior, could help on the end, though the Seahawks may have some other in-house candidates for that. Seattle is very high on Benson Mayowa, which will enter into the free agent decisions, as will a healthy Greg Scruggs.
RT Breno Giacomini: Reportedly visiting the New York Jets. Waiting to possibly take his place is one of the B&B brothers, Michael Bowie or Alvin Bailey. The Seahawks are not afraid to move offensive linemen around.
CB Walter Thurmond: Is visiting old friend Gus Bradley in Jacksonville. Byron Maxwell is the clear starter opposite Richard Sherman, which would leave Thurmond as the nickel back here. Other teams are likely to give him a starting shot.
DT Clinton McDonald: Signed for four years and $12 million with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A rumored replacement consideration is Dallas’ Jason Hatcher who is reportedly visiting Seattle. Hatcher, 32, had 11 sacks last year when he made $2 million in the final season of his deal with the Cowboys.
LB O’Brien Schofield: Go shorty, it’s your birthday. Schofield turned eight total tackles last season into $8 million over two years from the New York Giants.
Other Seahawks free agents:
CB Brandon Browner: Don’t anticipate seeing him back.
TE Kellen Davis: Don’t anticipate seeing him back following the Anthony McCoy signing.
K Steven Hauschka: Three kickers were signed yesterday. Hauschka was about as good as you could hope for last season. With a thinned market and his good year, he should be an in-demand player, as much as kickers can be.
QB Tarvaris Jackson: Still anticipated to be the backup.
S Chris Maragos: No action Tuesday.
G Paul McQuistan: Spent the day defending himself in the comments of this blog.
FB Michael Robinson: With younger and cheaper options, I’d be surprised if he was back. He’s also an interesting case because he could have immediate post-playing options by going into television work now. Robinson spent a good chunk of the end of the year in the training room.
> According to Adam Schefter, Hatcher visited Seattle on Tuesday.
> Schefter also said that DE Jared Allen is talking to the Seahawks and Chicago Bears.
> Ian Rapoport said TE Jermichael Finley will visit the Seahawks, as will former New England Patriots WR Taylor Price.
> The San Francisco 49ers made several interesting moves yesterday. They brought in QB Blaine Gabbert via trade from Jacksonville for a sixth-round pick this year and a possible conditional pick in 2015. The 49ers also added safety Antoine Bethea, while losing safety Donte Whitner. Lastly, they traded what Schefter reported as a conditional seventh-round pick for Miami offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.
> The St. Louis Rams officially released cornerback Cortland Finnegan. Guard Roger Saffold signed with the Oakland Raiders in the stunner deal of the day. Schefter reported Saffold’s contract at five years and $42.5 million, with $21.5 million guaranteed. Other than that, quiet in St. Louis.
> The Cardinals signed left tackle Jared Veldheer, formerly of the Raiders, to a five-year, $37.5 million contract, with $17 million guaranteed, according to Rapoport. Veldheer should be an upgrade for the Cardinals at what was a woeful position for them. Arizona did lose linebacker Karlos Dansby, who signed with the Cleveland Browns.
Big names roaming:
> Dallas released DeMarcus Ware.
> Tampa Bay is looking to cut or trade CB Darrelle Revis.