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Morning links: Robinson added to Pro Bowl roster

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 20, 2012 at 7:35 am with 35 Comments »
January 20, 2012 7:35 am
Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson became the second Seattle player headed to Hawaii this month.

Robinson was added to the Pro Bowl NFC roster, replacing Green Bay fullback John Kuhn, who pulled out because of an injury. Robinson was a first alternate, and will be making his first appearance in the Pro Bowl, joining safety Earl Thomas.

Robinson’s bruising blocks helped teammate Marshawn Lynch rush for a career-high 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns, becoming the first Seahawks to eclipse 1,000 yards since Shaun Alexander in 2005.

ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Thomas and Robinson could have company if San Francisco makes the Super Bowl, with Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor likely being added as replacements.

Brian McIntyre confirms the Seahawks have signed linebacker Tressor Baptiste, an undrafted outside linebacker out of Division II Texas A&M-Kingsville, to a futures contract.

Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that the agent for Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, Blake Baratz, says Green Bay is interested in signing his client to a long-term deal and not franchising him. If the Packers can get a deal done with Finley before the beginning of free agency in early March, that increased the possibility of the team franchising backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

A record 65 underclassmen were granted eligibility by the NFL for this year’s draft, surpassing the previous high of 56.

Nate Davis of USA Today examines the reasons for tight ends playing a larger role in offenses this season.

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post weighs on the debate of paying high-dollar contracts to running back hitting free agency like Ray Rice and Arian Foster – something the Seahawks will have to consider in bringing back Marshawn Lynch.

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com provides a report on player in the trenches from the NFLPA All-Star game practices in California this week.

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  1. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Awesome news for Robinson, he totally deserves it! It will be interesting to see what GB does with Flynn and Finley. My hope is the Seattle does not get lulled into overpaying for Flynn if they decide to go that route. I know everyone’s drunk on the kool-aide with Flynn, but the fact is he has 2 NFL starts and one was an anomalous result.

    And the idea of more Seahawks making the Pro Bowl roster surpasses the notion of the 9ers going to the Super Bowl. Yes, like most of us, I am surrounded by a$$hole 9er fans in my life, and would rather not listen to their gloating, but Lynch, Kam and Browner deserve t ogo to the Pro Bowl.

  2. HawkfaninMT says:

    It does semm like the Flynn price tag is getting pretty high. Read on Rotoworld that Washington may have serious interest in Flynn. This could have a couple repercussions. 1) Higher price tag due to trying to outbid the Skins, 2) Means the Hawks would have one less competitor in the draft for RG3 if they deem him the QBotF

  3. FairbanksDoug says:

    AMEN SeahawkFan12
    I have not been subject to hordes of 9er fans and what they present, I do have my share of Steeler fans around here and am just estatic that they never made it past the first round. I felt the first game with the 9ers was one we blew and not necessarily they won, and the second game with the injuries we had I thought we did pretty good, and we would have no problem with them with our starters in there. I like to think we would have beat them, and they are offering a good bench mark as to how we could have done if the winds were in our favor through the season.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Of course GB would like to get Finley signed to a long term deal. Franchising him only delays the inevitable and will cost them more in the long run. But that doesn’t mean they are anywhere close. It just seems so unlikely they’d franchise a back-up QB.

    I lived in the Bay Area for several years and yes, ‘Niner fan is typically a jackass. Not in the obnoxious way Cowboy fan is, or the absurd dress up, lifestyle-association Raider fan is (sorry Eric), but in the most pretentious and self-important way imaginable (and typically, not a very knowledgeable fan). They are also some of the biggest bandwagon jumpers I’ve ever seen. Which is really annoying because when they play well, like now, they’ll come out and say “I’ve been a fan forever…” which is easy to do when you’ve got 5 rings. And when they suck, as they have recently, you don’t hear a peep. In short: they really suck.

  5. chuck_easton says:

    I don’t want SF to make it to the Superbowl let alone win because of their fans.

    For the past ten years when the team was TERRIBLE 9r fans kept talking about how they were still the best franchise in the NFC West. When you’d remind them of their record they would respond with “FIVE RINGS BABY!!!!!! How many does your team have?”. I always respond that, yes, the 1980′s was a great decade. The music was fun to dance to, the clothes were colorful, and I still had all my hair.

    If the 9rs win another Superbowl and tie the Steelers with 6 rings their fans will be even MORE insufferable, if that is even possible.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    After reading Rang’s report I did a little research on Delano Johnson. First thing I noticed is that he’s built A LOT like KJ Wright; tall and very long arms. And on the few clips I found, he played both strong and weak-side ‘backer with a lot of athleticism, breaking hard on ball carriers and dropping into coverage both. He’s intriguing and someone to keep an eye on.

  7. RDPoulsbo says:

    The 49ers win killed a small part of my soul last week. I don’t root for rivals and never will. I personally could care less about the perception if the division. There’s nothing in it for Seahawks or the fanbase to try to ride the coattails of a rival trying to say “Hey, we were somewhat good too!”

    I’m convinced more than ever that GB is going to tag Flynn and sign Jenkins to a long term contract. It should be relatively easy to get a TE under contract and they have little to gain with a low priced tag. It reminds me of Ruskill tagging Josh Brown…why? Also there will be plenty of interest in Flynn in a trade market from Cleveland, Seattle, and Washington. He’s no longer a backup QB, but rather a potential commodity. There will be at least one team out there that will pay him more guaranteed money than a non-exclusive FT would give him. Right now, there are more teams in need of a QB than are sure 1st year starters in the draft or FA. That pretty much ensures there will be a market for him. Even if the trade market is low (in terms of draft picks) any pick they receive is more than nothing from letting him go.

  8. FSF. Individually I might respect them, but every year we kept hearing how good they were, and they never did it. Just because they’ve now got a coach who’s straightened them out doesn’t mean they’re going to win the Super Bowl. Has SF ever lost a Super Bowl? It would be nice, if they got in, if this were the first one. If its Pats v. 9ers, I might even have to cheer for the Pats. Not something I want to do.

  9. Yeah, if the Niners win it all, we won’t hear the end of it from Niner fans. I hope they lose to the Giants, because I think the NFC team is going to win the Super Bowl.

    I like Browner and he had a good season, but I don’t think it was Pro Bowl-worthy. Lynch and Kam, on the other hand, deserve to go.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    I would love to see the ‘Hawks starting safety duo on the field together in Hawaii. I might actually have to tune into the game.

  11. piperfeltcher says:

    I would assume that Flynn would prefer to be a free agent as to being franchised and traded. So what does GB do if Flynn signes the franchise tag and says that he is not going to sign a long term deal if traded?

  12. Dukeshire says:

    The Rams are going to England each of the next three years to play in that stupid game overseas. Good luck with that. The Rams owner is a shareholder in a soccer team there, or some such, and thinks this will help “showcase the city of St Louis”. What the hell difference will that make? You’ll be relocated back to LA in 4. I would absolutely hate for the Seahawks to have to play in that game.

  13. If you’re Flynn, you want to be a starting QB in the NFL. You aren’t going to sign the franchise tender and be happy sitting on your butt for another year. Sure, you’re going to get rich but competitive athletes want to play (and if he was happy riding the pine, that’s not the type of QB you’d want anyway). You’d like to have a nice long-term contract in place so you could have your “own” team, instead of playing on someone elses (Rogers). If you get franchised, and the Packers trade you, of course you’re going to be willing to negotiate with that team for a long-term deal.

    Playing that far from home is crazy (Rams, London). That’s essentially playing 1/8 of your home games super far from home. It certainly gives them no competitive advantage (even if it’s an away game as the travel is tough on anyone who has traveled like that before).

  14. nidhighe says:

    I think Flynn will go to the Dolphins. His OC will be the new head coach, and they need a QB, so who better than someone who already knows the offense?

  15. Dukeshire says:

    nidhighe – If they do hire Philbin, and it looks like they will, I totally agree they’ll make a serious run at Flynn. It makes perfect sense. Good call.

  16. Well, I see the upcoming London games differently, if they’re home games for St. Louis, then it’s reasonable to say they’ll have a boost in home-field crowds!

  17. JazBadAzz says:

    I’m happy for my boys going to the probowl, even if the 9ers have to go to the SB to make it happen, because the superbowl teams always have a major hangover and we will definitley crush them next year!

    I’m going to actually cheer for the ravens, I like them if the Hawks didn’t exist.

    The rams continue to be domed…living in the midwest has been funny today because even though they stink lately, the fans still like to see future H.O.F players come to town. Haha the economy needs them in town also and I think this will be the begging of a move to LA like someone else has pointed out above.

    Screw flynn we will be fine running the ball and playing defense that makes you want to slap your momma! Yeah that good :)

  18. chuck_easton says:

    Philbin has been hired by Miami. I too agree that this gives them the inside track for Flynn

    So:

    Plan A- Luck, RGIii, and Tannehill will all be off the board well before Seattle’s 1st round pick. Nope

    Plan B Barkleyand Landrey Jones are both staying in school. Not gonna happen

    Plan C -Flynn will likely follow his coach to Miami.

    What’s Plan D?

  19. “What’s Plan D?”

    Drew Brees . . .

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Plan D is Peyton Manning. Lol.

  21. Plan D is cold hard green cash (more than Miami).

  22. chuck_easton says:

    Seattle is supposedly only 15-20 million under the cap. How can they re-sign Lynch, Bryant, Hawthorne! Hill and others if they break the bank for Flynn? I don’t see this FO getting into a bidding war for him. Sorry bobby

  23. I wouldn’t spent it on some of those others if it meant not having a QB (again).

    Last year we were told about how they had a “plan” with respect to the QB position and that “plan” turned out to be one of the dumbest ideas in the history of humanity. However, it may not have been a dumb blueprint, as the QBs they genuinely wanted probably werern’t available last year and the one or ones they were truly targeting weren’t available until now (free agency or the draft). This gives credence that the “plan” last year may not have been at all that horrific.

    But to go another year of not truly addressing the most important position in all of professional sports would be total lunacy. The fact that they already punted the QB position one entire off-season last year makes the need to finally address it of the utmost importance.

  24. “weren’t”

  25. Dukeshire says:

    Chuck – Do you mean scenarios? That whole post was confusing to me. I don’t get what you’re asking, or telling. Sorry…

  26. RDPoulsbo says:

    Plan B is draft a QB in the middle rounds to groom to be the starter in 2013 and stick with T-Jax. No, it doesn’t address QB long term and although I don’t like T-Jax that much, I think fans don’t give him credit for what he can do. What would be worse than sticking with T-Jax is giving up a ton of resources to another mediocre QB. Not ideal, but be prepared to be disappointed if the market makes the potential starting QBs become out of reach for Seattle. Just look at the other teams ahead of Seattle in the draft. They are more desperate and have better picks and cap room than the Hawks.

    Bryant and Lynch are probably around $10 mil/year together, but they won’t keep both Hawthorne and Hill if the price gets too high for either one. “We need to get faster at LB” tells me PC is ready to make changes if the money starts to get high. Wright will fill in for one of those guys if needed and look for talent late in the draft and through FA to fill in the rest of the holes.

  27. chuck_easton says:

    Duke,

    Just putting scenarios out there. What I’m suggesting is that when it comes to the QB position it appears TE team is running out of options.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them draft a 2nd or 3rd round “project” QB and go with Jackson another season.

    BokkyK notwithstanding I don’t see the team in the running for one of the franchise QBs in the draft and I don’t see them being willing to pay the price tag Flynn will be demanding.

  28. chuck – unfortunately, I agree with you (if the Flynn tag becomes unrealistic). But, hey, we’ve been Seahawk fans for a long time and what the heck… we’ve never won a Super Bowl before, so why in the hell should we care to win one anytime in the near future?

    Ruskell had a good (not elite) QB and put crap around him as he “evolved” as a GM and this regime seems adamant about having a great team with a crap QB (unless the “plan” is, in fact, adding a REAL quarterback THIS off-season, since it didn’t last off-season) — in either scenario it equals no, probable, Super Bowl wins. We’re used to this crap though (no Super Bowl wins). I want to be optimistic, but I don’t care how many bargain Richard Sherman players we find to rev up our engine, if our driver is worthless, does it really matter (unless thinking you’re a winner is the difference between making the play-offs and losing after a game or maybe two in a best case scenario or going 5-11… either way, you didn’t win it all and I’m sorry for having an all or nothing mentality)? Will we really get to where we want to go? Please excuse me for having doubts.

  29. boycie99 says:

    Bobby I think ive probably been a bit easy on Tjack and you a bit tough for his performance last year. He probably comes somewhere in the middle, a serviceable QB thats about average in the league. Given the talent we have on this team I tend to agree with you that average isnt enough and that going forward TJack isnt the guy to lead the team to the big dance as he just doesnt have what it takes.

    My problems are and I agree with Chuck here our options are severely being limited as every day passes and I dont think JS and PC will get that stud QB this off season, our only hope was Flynn given where we are drafting and I dont see JS and PC blowing up this team and not signing the key FA just to get Flynn especially as he isnt proven.

    They spent time with this team not only building a talented team but also one that is a little unique that most of the players seem to like one another, that is a rare commodity and one that gives the team something extra, I just dont see one guy changing that and thats why I dont see them getting into a bidding war for Flynn….. A Drew Brees yes a Flynn no.

    That taken into account I again agree and feel its Tjack again with a 2nd or 3rd round QB groomed for 2013. I just dont see any other options

  30. RDPoulsbo says:

    I think the plan was to get a stud QB this year, but Barkley and Jones returning for their senior years threw a monkey wrench into their plans. If they can’t get Flynn via FA and don’t think Tannehill is starting QB material, they may consider trading down in the 1st round for 2013 picks so they can have some ammo to make a run for one next year.

  31. stayiing with TJ as quarterback doesn’t support the “All In or Earn Everything stuff PC preaches. At present I believe he is forcing his will on the Team, Franchise and the Fans. Not real happy about that. PC needs to get all in on a Quarterback.

  32. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Weedon would be an interesting 3rd round pick in this years draft. Imo.

    BigBlew- It does appear to me sometimes that PC tries to force his will when it comes to the qb position.
    Maybe he should stick to tinkering with what he knows best, (the defense), because he’s 0 for two right now with qbs.

    Three things I would like to see moving forward this year.

    1- A qb that will be given at least an opportunity to compete with Jackson this year. Free agent, draft pick, someone that will be ready to step in by mid season or sooner.

    2- Improved talent on the front seven of the defense. Especially improvment with the pass rush! Again, free agents, and/or draft picks, however I am not sold on giving up our first round pick if it means reaching for one and passing over a better talent like Decastro.

    3- Stop handing over starting positions to rookies that are clearly not ready!
    Compete should mean compete even if the first round picks have to sit for several games until they are ready.

  33. Personally, I liked the fact that they drafted a tackle and guard and simply stuck them in from day one. It wasn’t great to start with but that’s a great blueprint for building a great line over the long haul. Their biggest mistake was taking Carpenter over Carimi.

    Other than that, they didn’t really stick any rookie in from day one who didn’t deserve a job. I think Wright showed in practice that he had promise so they we comfortable going with him, Sherman got his chance mainly due to injuries, and Baldwin was too good to keep on the bench.

  34. Dukeshire says:

    Wright played quite well in preseason too. As did M Smith, who I’m excited to see healthy next season. The Hill / Hawthorne situation is very interesting wih those two in the wings, so to speak.

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