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Category: Street free agents

March
23rd

Word on free-agent C Stefen Wisniewski: It’ll be a while; plus other items from NFL’s annual meeting

Jim Thomas, Rams beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports today he’s hearing “it’s supposed to be quiet this week” on any activity toward free-agent center Stefen Wisniewski signing with a new team.

Wisniewski, who turned 26 yesterday, has been Oakland’s starting center in the last three seasons after being a guard at Penn State and as a Raiders rookie in 2011. He visited the Seahawks this month as part of his shopping for a new team. Seattle is seeking a new starter with versatility and youth with center Max Unger gone to New Orleans in the trade that

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March
17th

Seahawks: Michael Bennett has not asked them for a trade; doing “due diligence” on free agent Greg Hardy

This seems like a pertinent time to remind there are 235 days between Super Bowl 49 and the first game of the 2015 regular season, the NFL’s annual Thursday-night opener in early September.

That’s A LOT of time to think — and then write — whatever.

That appears to be the case with this report today out of Dallas-Fort Worth:

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March
13th

Pete Carroll on KJR radio: he still gets awakened by Super Bowl; Earl Thomas “absolutely” will be ready for season

Credit host Dave Mahler for going beyond the primary news of the Seahawks’ week — the stunning trade to acquire premier tight end Jimmy Graham from New Orleans, the signing of Cary Williams to likely replace Byron Maxwell as a starting cornerback — and asking a checklist full of roster questions and follow-ups from post-Super Bowl issues to coach Pete Carroll today. The question-and-answer session aired live this afternoon on Mahler’s show on Seattle’s 950 KJR radio.

Here are the highlights of what Carroll said:

–All-Pro safety Earl Thomas “absolutely” will be ready for the start of the regular season

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March
12th

Paul Allen trumpets Jimmy Graham arriving, passing physical; honoring the AP’s late Dave Goldberg

How big a deal is Jimmy Graham’s arrival in Seattle?

Seahawks owner Paul Allen, not usually one to get into the procedural nuances of player transactions while he’s out unearthing sunken battleships off ocean floors, last night trumpeted the team’s next step in completing Tuesday’s stunning trade that brought the three-time Pro Bowl and 2013 All-Pro tight end to the two-time defending NFC champions:

I’m going to assume (always dangerous makes a

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March
10th

Cary Williams to Seahawks, James Carpenter leaves for Jets as official free-agent signing about to begin

The Seahawks are expected to announce today after the 1 p.m. start to free agency they have signed former Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl cornerback and most recently Philadelphia Eagle Cary Williams to a three-year contract worth $18 million. Williams gains an inside track to replace Byron Maxwell as starter in Seattle opposite All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.

The Eagles are expected to announce

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March
9th

Seahawks make qualifying offers to Lockette, Shead; re-sign LB Mike Morgan; SEA’s free agents listed

UPDATE: Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun is reporting free-agent cornerback Cary Williams, last of Philadelphia, has chosen to sign with the Seahawks. We’ll see what actually gets announced tomorrow after 1 p.m., when the league year begins and free agency officially “starts” — as if it hasn’t already.

Just confirmed the Seahawks have tendered qualifying contracts for 2015 to exclusive-rights free agents wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and defensive back DeShawn Shead. They did not tender a contract to wide receiver and punt returner Bryan Walters, making the native of Kirkland an unrestricted free agent tomorrow.

The team also brought

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March
9th

Seahawks’ offseason plans crystallize with Marshawn Lynch signed; what is going down in Santa Clara?

The first domino the Seahawks needed to fall to set their offseason plans fell late Friday afternoon: Marshawn Lynch agreed to return for $12 million guaranteed this year as part of a new, two-year contract extension he signed at team headquarters in Renton. The deal got done during a meeting between him, his agent, Seahawks general manager John Schneider, coach Pete Carroll — and even owner Paul Allen.

Now the Seahawks know they don’t need to sign a lead running back when the free-agent signing market opens tomorrow. They can keep their primary targets at cornerback, including among Tramon

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Feb.
18th

Titans moving on in a present and to a future that don’t include Washington’s favorite, Jake Locker

The coldest part of this frigid (zero degrees tonight before midnight) first day of the NFL scouting combine here in Indianapolis, from a personal and Washingtonian perspective, was the clarity that the Titans are indeed moving on without their former face of the franchise, revered Washington Huskies star Jake Locker.

But from a purely Seahawks’ perspective, it’s a warming, reassuring tale.

Ruston Webster, the former Seahawks vice president of player personnel who is now Tennessee’s general manager, said this morning how much the team still likes Zach Mettenberger, the 2014 rookie from LSU who took Locker’s starting quarterback job in

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