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Category: NFL free agency

March
18th

Titans release Matt Hasselbeck

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck warms up before last year's season finale against St. Louis. (Joe Barrentine/TNT)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck warms up before last year’s season finale against St. Louis. (Joe Barrentine/TNT)

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports that the Tennessee Titans have released former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck, 37, was scheduled to make $5.5 million in base salary in the third and final year of his contract. Including bonus money, he would have counted $7.5 million against the salary cap for the Titans.

According to the report, Hasselbeck and his representatives had been talking with the Titans about restructuring his deal.

“I want to thank Matt for his contributions to our team over the last two years,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a prepared statement. “He was an important part of the transition process — he was a pro at every turn and he provided an example to the rest of the team. I know that we are a better team for his being here and we wish him the best.”

No word yet on if Hasselbeck is looking for an opportunity to start, or if he’s comfortable serving as a backup on a championship-caliber team. However, if the Seahawks decide to move Matt Flynn via trade, Hasselbeck would make some sense as a backup for Russell Wilson in Seattle.

I know Hasselbeck can’t run the read option game, but the Seahawks still run a West Coast-based offense, and Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell could create packages for Hasselbeck to be successful if he had to play.

March
14th

DE Michael Bennett returns to Seattle: Leon Washington lands in New England

Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett

After taking a trip to Miami on today, Tampa Bay defensive end Michael Bennett is headed for Seattle, where he’ll sign a one-year, $5 million deal to join the Seahawks, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

The Seahawks have not announced the signing, but I can confirm that Bennett is expected to sign after he passes a physical on Friday.

Bennett, 27, started his NFL career with the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie free agent who had a productive preseason for the Seahawks. However, he was surprisingly released on Oct. 10, 2009, and Tampa Bay claimed him off of waivers.

Bennett developed into a productive player for the Bucs, finishing with nine sacks and 41 tackles in 2012.

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March
14th

Official: Cliff Avril signs with the Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks officially announced the signing of defensive end Cliff Avril to a multi-year deal this afternoon.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider talked to reporters about the deal, and what role Avril will play defensively

Both Carroll and Schneider raved about Avril’s versatility as an edge rusher, and also said that Seattle’s new defensive end has the ability to drop in coverage from his playing days at Purdue.

Schneider remarked that what makes Avril unique is his ability to rush from the left side of the defense, and also his ability to work his way back to the quarterback after a speed rush.

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March
13th

Report: DE Cliff Avril visiting Seattle, expected to sign with Seahawks

Detroit Lions defensive lineman Cliff Avril (92) rushes the quarterback during a Week 7 Monday Night NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, October 22, 2012 in Chicago. The Bears won 13-7. (AP Photo/David Stluka)
Detroit Lions defensive lineman Cliff Avril (92) rushes the quarterback during a Week 7 Monday Night NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, October 22, 2012 in Chicago. The Bears won 13-7. (AP Photo/David Stluka)

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Detroit Lions free agent defensive end Cliff Avril is on his way to Seattle for a visit.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Avril is expected to sign a deal with the Seahawks when he lands in the Pacific Northwest.

Schefter is now reporting Avril has agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal.

Wow. After making the big trade for Percy Harvin, it appears the Seahawks wasted little time attacking the team’s most pressing need this offseason — improving the pass rush defensively.

At 6-3 and 260 pounds, Avril, who turns 27 in April, fits the profile. He finished with 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2012, and has 39.5 sacks in his first five seasons in the league. However, Avril also has benefited from playing with one of the more dominant defensive front in the NFL, including defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch.

Atlanta Falcons free agent defensive end John Abraham visited Seattle last week before the free agency period began.

March
13th

DL Jason Jones signs with Detroit

The Seattle Seahawks lost their first player in free agency, with defensive lineman Jason Jones agreeing to a deal with Detroit this morning, according to his agent.

This move is not a surprise for Jones, a Detroit native, who played for Lions head coach Jim Schwartz while at Tennessee.

According to this report, Jones agreed to a three-year deal.

Jones was an effective pass rusher inside for Seattle, but played in only 12 games, finishing the season in the injured reserve with a knee issue. His departure in free agency adds more urgency for Seattle to find an inside pass rusher through the draft or free agency.

March
13th

Hawks 2013 free agency tracker

The Seattle Seahawks tendered restricted free agents free safety Chris Maragos, long snapper Clint Gresham and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald. Maragos and Gresham were tendered at a level where Seattle will have the right of first refusal should the duo sign an offer sheet with another team.

McDonald was a tendered at a level to match his draft status when he entered the league as seventh-round pick in 2009 with Cincinnati. If McDonald signs with another team, the Seahawks will receive a seventh-round draft choice as compensation.

HEADING TO SEATTLE?

WR Percy Harvin
Status: Agreed to a six-year, $67 million contract with $25.5 million guaranteed.

TE Darren Fells
Status: Signed a three-year, futures contract with Seahawks.

DB/Returner Will Blackmon
Status: Signed a one-year, $715,000 deal with Seahawks

DE John Abraham
Status: Visited Seattle and San Francisco last week.

STAYING PUT?

FS Chris Maragos
Status: Tendered to right of first refusal

LS Clint Gresham
Status: Tendered to right of first refusal

DT Clinton McDonald
Status: Tendered to seventh-round choice.

MOVING ON?

DE Jason Jones
Status: Scheduled to visit Detroit.

STILL WAITING
DT Alan Branch, LB Leroy Hill, CB Marcus Trufant, K Steven Hauschka, TE Cameron Morrah, OL Frank Omiyale.

March
12th

Official: Percy Harvin a Hawk, will be introduced this afternoon

The Seattle Seahawks made the Percy Harvin trade official this afternoon. Seattle’s new wide receiver is expected to be introduced this afternoon here at the VMAC at 3 p.m. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider also are expected to be available.

The Seahawks officially announced that they gave up first and seventh-round picks in this year’s draft, and a third-rounder in 2014 for Harvin’s services.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jason Jones, a Detroit native, is expected to visit the Lions today.

Also, I can confirm that returner

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March
12th

Hawks 2013 Free Agency Primer

Tennessee Titans' Jared Cook (89) makes an 18-yard touchdown reception against Indianapolis Colts' Antoine Bethea (41) and Sergio Brown (38) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Tennessee Titans’ Jared Cook (89) makes an 18-yard touchdown reception against Indianapolis Colts’ Antoine Bethea (41) and Sergio Brown (38) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Before the new league year begins today at 1 p.m. Pacific Time, the Seattle Seahawks already starting things off with a bang by trading for dynamic receiver Percy Harvin with Minnesota.

Harvin gives Seattle’s offense more juice, and with 20 of 22 starters already signed for 2013, the Seahawks do not have a lot of holes to fill.

Still, with nearly $17 million in projected cap room available before the team inks Harvin to a new deal, expected to be $12 million annually, the Seahawks have some wiggle room to make some deals in free agency.

“This is just a funky year I think for free agency,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said back at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. “I think everybody kind has to hold their water a little bit and just be somewhat careful when you jump into this thing.”

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