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Morning Links: Give a fellow fan a hand

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on March 21, 2014 at 10:46 am with 53 Comments »
March 21, 2014 12:01 pm

Good morning.

While the Seahawks wait on Jared Allen, let’s see what else is going on out there.


> Kari Plog on our news side wrote about a Seahawks super fan who died just two days after the Super Bowl parade, which he took his family to. Adam Norton of Eatonville was 38. He leaves behind his wife and three sons, who are having a fundraiser next Saturday in Eatonvile. I encourage you to read the whole story. Norton was obsessed with the Seahawks. From Plog:

Adam Norton’s funeral was heavy on the blue and green and light on “gloom and doom,” Tracey said.

“I wanted it to be a party,” she said. “I wanted it to be what Adam was.”

It was a party fit for a superfan.

More than 300 people showed up in Seahawks gear to speak — and scream — about a man who was involved in his community.

Adam coached youth soccer, baseball and football and organized a Relay For Life team with his wife. He was known for helping friends fix things around their houses.

“Adam would help anyone at any time whether he knew them or not,” Tracey said. “He loved our community and being involved with everything.”

During the memorial service, Tracey’s brother Matt Lewis shared memories and old posts from Adam’s Facebook. Each one ended with “GO HAWKS!” and the audience chanted the words together as Lewis rattled them off. Many others spoke, and Hunter put his game-day guitar practice to use by playing the song “Faithfully” by Journey.

A “tailgate” reception followed, with Seahawks flags, balloons and foods fit for a pre-game party.

Today, the family faces many unknowns. Their income has drastically dropped, and because of his pre-existing condition Adam didn’t have life insurance.

The Adam Norton Memorial Fund has been set up at Key Bank. Donations can be made at any bank branch.

> Our Dave Boling says it’s too early to judge the Seahawks’ offseason, though, “it is absolutely fair to say that the roster the Seahawks have today is not as strong as the one they took to New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII.”

> John Clayton on the Zach Miller restructure:

> The Seahawks and Sounders are splitting their business ties. Essentially, the Seahawks have propped up the Sounders since the soccer team was reborn in 2007. The Sounders feel stabilized to the point they can run everything themselves.

> One of the Seahawks’ well-known and well-liked people behind the scenes, VMAC facilities manager Dale Cramer, died Thursday from cancer. He was 65. Several players tweeted about their sadness from Cramer’s passing. A nice tribute to him at from Clare Farnsworth.

> Monday Morning Quarterback writes about the fine print in free agency, and what Andrew Brandt calls the “funny money” involved.

> New NFLPA president Eric Wnston is ready to play hardball with the league. In particular, he has an interesting answer about how to handle HGH testing, which is a sticking point between the players and commissioner Roger Goodell.

> Michael Sam moderately improved on his combine numbers at Missouri’s Pro Day. The Seahawks, and every other team, were at the Missouri Pro Day.

> I’m putting together a Pro Day list. We’ve just about reached a saturation point with the Pro Days. By that, I mean every team is at every major Pro Day at this point. The draft being moved back allows teams more time to send more personnel around to Pro Days.

> SI on how Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner can change the look of the New England Patriots’ secondary.

Couple extra links:

> The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says Jermichael Finley is “at least two months” away from being able to sign with a team because of his health.

> Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network with a couple more Jared Allen tweets:


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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Todd, I think it’s most informative to know which pro days the Seahawks are attending and what players they are working out individually.

  2. SandpointHawk says:

    I like Eric Winston’s attitude.

  3. Southendzone says:

    Before they start that HGH testing, I’m hoping Jared Allen takes a bunch of it to prepare himself for 2014 on the Hawks.

  4. banosser says:

    JA.. considering ‘3 places’ now… yet he’s only visited 2..

    What is AZ’s cap situation?

  5. Kari Plog needs a Blog, she could call it the “Kari Plog Teary Blog”

  6. SandpointHawk says:

    Hey Dave Boling, thanks for letting me know Hawks have dropped to 6 to 1 in Vegas. Better than I got last year when I pulled the trigger at 4 to 1…Time to lay some bets….

  7. Hammajamma says:

    I pulled the trigger at 10:1 and my wife is happy with her new floors.

  8. Minnesota is the 3rd?

  9. SandpointHawk says:

    Nice Hammajamma, nice indeed…

  10. Allen did play with Favre so you never know… yes, no, maybe, no, yes, kind of, yes, no, perhaps, we’ll see…

  11. bsinnitt says:

    As long as he didn’t take any photography lessons from Brett he should be alright.

  12. doubledink says:

    or email lessons. He kinda redefined the term “junk” mail.

  13. vichawkfan says:

    Britt still on the radar?

  14. Damn,This like waiting for your baby to be born.

  15. Should SEA be a-courtin JA like MIN did Favre? Players he knows together with coaches going there to let him know how much we need his skills, swage his ego, etc?

  16. vichawkfan says:

    @JasonLaCanfora: SEA and SF among the teams who talked trade w/Philly on DeSean Jackson. His $ and cap # a real issue. Some GMs think he gets released in end

  17. HawkfaninMT says:

    Seattle is interested in everyone. There is not a significant name that the seahawks will not atleast explore. PC/JS will be in the talks, not necassary lay as a leader, with every name that could help the hawks. If for nothing else than to see what the price tag is. Asking “how much does DJax cost?” Does not mean they are more interested than any other team in the league in my opinion.

  18. vichawkfan says:

    It was tweeted so it must be true….after the JA debacle this week I no longer look to twitter for factual news #nooneknowsjack

  19. Only Kam Chancellor tweeted the Jared Allen deal was done. Adam Schefter took Ed Werder’s tweet that it should be done and said it was done.

  20. This is like watching Days of Our Lives. It’s kind of fun.

  21. TallyHawk says:

    I’d rather play the will he wont game with allen than play the we lost Tate cry and moan game!

  22. Going back to DeSean Jackson, the fellow is an amazing talent and makes that entire offense run. He single handedly changes an offense. That being said, I don’t see how Seattle and SF can get him within their current salary structure.

    DeSean Jackson is one guy who won’t take a penny less than market value.

  23. I’d like to see a 100m race between Desean and Percy.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    Agreed about Jackson’s talent, but McCoy is the straw that stirs the Eagle’s offensive drink. Career year last season, obviously (for each), but taking McCoy aways effects them far more than taking Jackson away, IMO.

    klm008 – No. Either he wants to play or he doesn’t. And the longer this drags out the more concerned about his desire I am, at this stage of his career.

  25. Duke – I agree with your take on Allen.

    Keeping it simple on Jackson, I think that Saints game is a microcosm of what he means to that team. The first 3 quarters saw him effectively taken out of the game with single coverage by Keenan Lewis. I think Lewis is a very underrated CB who belongs in the top 5. The Eagles offense was terrible in those first 3 quarters, despite Drew Brees turnovers.

    After Lewis got hurt, the Saints could not longer cover Jackson and he destroyed them. The Eagles scored 2 TDs quickly and even took the lead, solely due to 2 big plays by Jackson.

  26. I would hate it if Jackson was a 49er. He’s a true game changer if he’s motivated. That’s the problem with him. He’s always been a “me” type of guy. But, man, he can ball it up when he wants to (or is motivated to).

    I would love to have Jackson on the Seahawks but only if the brain of Doug Baldwin could be sewn into his gord. Since it can’t, I’d really rather not give him any of the bucks they are obviously trying to give to Allen.

    As it is, again, I just hope he doesn’t go to SF because he’d really change the complexion of that team (good for them, bad for us).

  27. tealskin says:

    Ditto on Allen. Once somebody is thinking about retirement and needs big $ to keep motivated, they’re no longer hungry. That would seem to be a major issue for defending champions anyway. So let’s pass on him and go with younger, hungrier players and keep the energy level high.

  28. slicktoxic says:

    I can’t help thinking there’s no way Jackson is an option here.

    Imagine if we signed everyone we’ve been linked to…..Melton, Allen, Revis, Finley, Jackson, and a few others….so far we have none of them.

    Hoping for Allen at a reasonable price. Jackson would be nice to have, but the cost isn’t going to be reasonable….and that’s the kind of move that could put the Thomas, Sherman, Wilson re-signings in jeopardy.

  29. Singularitarian says:

    Lol. Allen has been proven to be consistent throughout his career while paid well by a garbage football team. He has no motivation issues

  30. Dukeshire says:

    In a vacuum that’s a fine argument. But in the twilight of his career, the motivation is whether he wants to go through all of the grind one more time.

  31. a SB run gives any good player motivation, esp one who hasn’t won one before. not worried about Allen motivation-wise; just not as familiar with how much he has left in the tank as some folks on here who have watched him more recently.

  32. banosser says:

    A ring should be enough to motivate any player… if not then he should in deed hang ‘em up

  33. Can you imagine our play action game with Jackson? Bombs over Baghdad all year if we could somehow swing it. We should wait until Philly releases him and then sign him to a one year deal. If we can’t sign Allen, maybe we just extend Thomas and give DeSean a spin. Him and Percy together would be a sick and lethal combination. We can worry about Sherman and Wilson next year. Sherm might want to test free agency anyways.

  34. Ray_Maines says:

    The Seahawks really sucks. Don’t have a chance.

  35. ospreyLV says:

    Post F/A Seahawks look to trade for Allen but no deal reached.

    F/A Ian Rapoport tweets Broncos offer Allen 3 yr 30M. He accepts deal. Hold the phone!! Contingent on a Ware signing.

    This would explain his claim to retire if the money wasn’t right.

    Elway is shrewd. Pony up JS or get off the pot.

    And both teams mentioned – SEA DEN – are contenders. Allen wants to play for a ring lmo. Dallas would likely have been a pay back.

  36. osprey-
    Where is the JA to DEN coming from? PM is eating almost all their cap room, and if they’ve cut anybody I hadn’t heard about it(?)

  37. I wonder why CAR’s UFA starting LG 33 yo Travelle Wharton is still on the market? He played way, way better at guard than 31 yo Paul McQ did last season. He only had two bad games, against SEA at the start of the season and against SF in the Divisional Playoff game. He played really well at SF in week 10. Wharton got 3 penalties last season and allowed no sacks.

  38. ospreyLV says:

    PM? D Ware 3 30 M


  39. Before Ware was released Denver was making a hard push for JA.. but as soon as Ware was released Denver changed course and put their full effort into Ware… which imo was and is a dumb move.. Given the choice of Ware or JA for the same money I’d take JA all day..

    JA will have to decide if he wants to play for a ring or retire..

  40. vichawkfan says:

    Hard to say what went down with broncos and JA. I do know this though, if JA signs and we get him for less than Ware and he out produces Ware next season > we get back to the SB and Denver doesn’t… would be like JS beating Elway…..agAin.

  41. PM = Peyton Manning. His cap hit for ’14 is $17.8M ($22.5M potential dead cap.)

    One of the things that JA might be thinking about is how difficult it might be for a 10-year vet to ‘buy into’ PC’s philosophy and vision for the team, and for each member of the team. Undoubtedly, PC has really high expectations for JA, maybe beyond what even JA may think he is capable of, and PC is expecting JA to prepare to achieve those expectations, maybe harder than JA has ever had to prepare before, it might cause him to pause and consider. I kinda wondered if those expectations might have had something to do with Antonio Winfield’s decision to retire last season.

  42. MoSeahawk12 says:

    JA will sign here is he wants. He has very little to do with expectations. He has proven himself at the highest level. When you are comfortable there, you don’t consider external factors. Team is great, PC is upbeat and possibly great. You go with what the guy in the mirror says. There isn’t a person that has higher expectations than that guy.

  43. montanamike2 says:

    Waiting for some news is like being in the hospital for a long time….

  44. We should know today.

  45. Screensmoke says:

    Patience – it can be a ddrraaagggg!

  46. vichawkfan says:

    I’m betting tmrw

  47. Ya tomorrow. The only thing to do is golf….

  48. Wow, I read through the whole article and thought we were going to make it without a tweet. Alas, there were two.

  49. Singularitarian says:

    Lol. The guy isn’t positive he wants to come here and play for less than he’s worth. He and his wife are probably relaxing together for the weekend and talking over what to do. It’s not like he’s not wanted anywhere else. He is probably playing hard ball a little to see if more money comes around while talking it over with his wife.

  50. Singularitarian says:

    It’s funny that because a guy who truely can go where he wants and doesn’t have to make a quick reaction, decides to do just that and think, people start judging his commitment. He’s not going to go somewhere and half ass his playing, he just hasn’t made up his mind where or if he’s going to play this year and give it his all

  51. Can it be that JA doesn’t think he would get as many sacks with us as with other teams, and it is all about a personal record? Two good years of sacks could put him among the top all-time. Maybe more important to him than the possibility of a ring. Not saying I believe that, but …

  52. Or maybe he doesn’t want to be on a team where he’s not the top dog.

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