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.”
> 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 Seahawks.com 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.
> 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.
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:
Tidbit 1 on Jared Allen: He's considering 3 places now, with walking away still an option. Should know by the weekend what his future is— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2014
Tidbit 2 on Jared Allen: The 2nd meeting with Seattle was because key members of the organization weren't present for meeting 1, on a Sunday— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2014