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Tweet Link: Clark says he visited Seattle

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on March 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm with 20 Comments »
March 29, 2014 12:20 pm

The Seahawks appeared to have a visitor this week in free safety Ryan Clark.


Clark played the last eight seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, went to the Pro Bowl in 2011-12 season (as a replacement for Ed Reed) and was part of the Steelers team that won Super Bowl XLIII.

In the last six seasons, Clark has played at least 14 games per year. He has played 13 NFL seasons since being signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants in 2002 after a good career at LSU.

The Seahawks lost backup free safety Chris Maragos to free agency. Maragos had a large special teams role, something Clark has done a lot of in the past.

Jeron Johnson re-signed as the backup strong safety. DeShawn Shead can play safety and cornerback, as well.

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  1. A little long in the tooth, but if he has kept his motor in tune and has some gas left, he might be a nice veteran presence in depth and rotation. If nothing else he’ll add to the preseason competition.He’s topped out the vet. min. so he’d run some $820k/year for a little insurance. I’m not sure that we couldn’t find a younger and better athlete at a cheaper rate.

  2. DreadHawks says:

    Per his 2nd tweet……We are, We know, and you should be!

  3. Macabrevity says:

    Unlike last season when it looked like it would be near impossible for draft picks to make the active squad, we’ve definitely got some holes to fill. O-line, D-line, depth at DB, WR… makes draft day that much more fun. I’m hoping they bring in an insane number of UDFA’s when camp rolls around too…

    Here’s my draft wishlist waiting for countless updates and changes, but positionally it’s about what I would do…

    1st Round – DE Dominique Easley (Fla) – injury concerns cause a slide, but he passes our physical.
    2nd Round – T Joe Bitonio (Nev) – good run blocker who might move inside.

    4th Round – WR Jared Abbrederis (Wis) – Baldwin clone maybe but if RW endorsed I’d say go!
    5th Round – G Spencer Long (Neb) – stud run blocker with injury concern.
    6th Round – CB Chris Davis (Aub) – great return guy, maybe PC coaches up his coverage technique.
    7th Round – S Ty Zimmerman (KSU) – high effort player, fits PC mold.

  4. I like Ryan Clark’s game, Maragos didn’t play much except ST, so he should be able to fit in well and plug right in. And whenever I’ve seen him on TV, on First Take etc., he seems very well spoken and reasonably objective for an ESPN talking head. He actually knows his stuff, which is more than I can say for some of those buffoons. He would make a nice back up to Earl and a good locker room presence. The only negative is he can’t play in Denver due to his sickle cell trait issues, but I think we play Denver in Seattle this year.

  5. vichawkfan says:

    If healthy, great option back up. Sounds like he’d jump if a deal is tabled.

  6. jawpeace says:

    If the Hawks are really looking for speed at the WR position how about a way cheaper option in Jacoby Ford, he was a super-speedy wide receiver who ran a 4.28 40-yard dash when he posted his 40 time in 2010. I don’t know how much he has slowed down in 4 years of playing, but I do know that he would be salary cap friendly.

  7. SandpointHawk says:

    Ford is quick alright unfortunately he has brick hands….

  8. One way of looking at WRs is to find what the QB rating is when QBs throw to that receiver. For the ’13 season:

    DeSean Jackson: 124.4
    Percy Harvin: 118.8
    Robert Meechem: 117.6
    Doug Baldwin: 115.0
    Golden Tate: 108.6
    Jermaine Kearse: 101.4
    Sidney Rice: 89.5
    Ricardo Lockette: 70.8
    Jacoby Ford: 47.0
    Stephen Williams: 39.6
    Kenny Britt: 29.7

  9. Another way of looking at receivers is how often they drop catchable balls thrown to them.

    Drop Rate:
    (percentage of catchable balls dropped)

    Sidney Rice: 0.00 (no drops)
    Ricardo Lockette: 0.00
    Percy Harvin: 0.00
    Doug Baldwin: 3.85
    Golden Tate: 4.48
    Desean Jackson: 5.75
    Robert Meachem: 5.88
    Jacoby Ford: 7.14
    Jermaine Kearse: 12.00
    Stephen Williams: 100.00 (dropped 2 of 2)

  10. Stephen Williams dropped the ball, so the Hawks dropped him. That would only be partially accurate. Some other important factors were; Williams contributed nothing to special team.(The Hawks are kind of a rare team where you see important first stringers out playing special teams.) The Hawks also decided that they would rather use a roster spot else where than at WR depth. So Williams got cut, but he also will get a Super Bowl ring curtsy of the Hawks.

    QB rating is inflated by TD’s. A WR can catch a bubble screen run 70 yards for a TD and the QB rating sky rockets.

  11. Why do I have the feeling that we will not be making all of these picks but end up with more different ones?

    Would be cool if someone would trade 2015 #1 to get our #32 pick this year

  12. CDN_C_Hawk says:

    Wonder if the talent in this years draft warrants, sending our 2015 1st rd for say, Minn. 2nd (40) and 3rd(72) this years, and trade this years 1st(32) say to Jax for their 2nd(39) and first pick in Rd. 4(105).

    That would give us, picks, 39,40,64,72,105,132,146,172,208,247

    Then who knows, like xcman suggests, someone would bite on sending next years first for our 32 and 146 picks this year.

    I like to dream, *S*

  13. SandpointHawk says:

    From MMQB…

    I asked Pete Carroll abut the continued development of Russell Wilson, and he told me two interesting things: He thinks Wilson can be a 70-percent passer, and Wilson and Percy Harvin are already throwing together this off-season. And also this: Carroll will not be going light on Wilson now that he’s won a Super Bowl. “He needs all the attention that everyone else needs, and he’s gonna get it,’’ Carroll said. “Russell’s just a young guy figuring it out. Of course, he applies himself so well that you think that he’s okay. I think that would be a tragic mistake. He’s just developing. He’s just coming on. He needs work fundamentally. He needs work on the principles of what we’re doing. He needs repetitions with the guys that he plays with. All of that will just continue to add to his play. So we’re not going to treat any differently than anybody else. We’re gonna battle like crazy to make him push his game as far as he can take it. So that’s what this offseason is about. He’ll be available as much as a guy can be available. He’s already traveling with our guys. Throwing with our guys. Working out with guys all over the country. He’s ringing the bell now. Wherever he goes, they know he’s coming. He’s gonna get them out and get them on a field somewhere, and throw the ball around, and do something with the fellas.’’

    http://mmqb.si.com/2014/03/31/jim-kelly-cancer-monday-morning-quarterback/2/

  14. vichawkfan says:

    Carroll is awesome. We are lucky to have him now.

    D Jac signing somewhere should be done in the next couple days. I’m giving it 5-1 it’s with us.

  15. wazzulander says:

    The receiver stats show reason for both optimism and concern for Kearse. We obviously did well throwing to him, but it looks like drops are still an issue. Hopefully, he got some confidence this last year that will help him this coming season because unless we do something shocking like sign Desean, we will be counting on Kearse big time next year.

    Russell is having quite a busy off-season, nice to see he is still throwing to Harvin and “our guys” in addition to Elvis Andrus and Prince Fielder…

  16. grizindabox24 says:

    Rand Getlin ‏@Rand_Getlin 25m
    .@spotrac predicts DeSean Jackson’s new deal will be for 5 years and $48.3M with $14.97M in guaranteed money.

  17. I just can’t see Carroll wanting another short receiver. We have plenty now. I think he gravitates to larger receivers, unless they have MVP-like creds like Percy was in Minn prior to injury.

  18. seatowntp says:

    I realize that it is inconsequential at this juncture, because it is the doldrums of the NFL year, but something has been nagging me for months. In the championship game against the 49ers, on the 35 yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse was that pass really intended for Doug Baldwin? Baldwin beat coverage early in the route and was more “open” than Kearse. You may recall both players made a play for the ball. I realize it’s irrelevant, but I’ve always been curious about that play.

    http://nfl.si.com/2014/01/19/russell-wilson-seattle-seahawks-fourth-quarter-td-pass-san-francisco-49ers/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOhAREao-vY

  19. For those of you still interested in the DeSean Jackson story, Spotrac has posted a prediction that Jackson will sign a 5 year $48m contract with $15m guaranteed. The article makes reference to Percy Harvin and Golden Tates most recent contracts.

    http://www.spotrac.com/premium/research/nfl/contract-forecast-desean-jackson-440/

  20. Russell Wilson = Texas Rangers. Todd = Bacon.
    Todd, Have you seen the Rangers’ Bacon on a stick?
    Not just a little slice but a big slab of Bacon..
    http://keranews.org/post/new-texas-rangers-foods-include-frozen-beer-bacon-stick-and-26-choomongous

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