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Hawks to sign Omiyale: Giants DE Tollefson to visit

Post by Eric Williams on March 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm with 53 Comments »
March 21, 2012 6:57 pm

Chicago Bears offensive lineman Frank Omiyale. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Two weeks after visiting Seattle just before the beginning of free agency, the Seahawks announced that Chicago Bears free agent Frank Omiyale has agreed to contract terms to join the team.

Contract terms were not disclosed. Omiyale is familiar with offensive line coach Tom Cable’s zone blocking scheme, having played for him while in Atlanta in 2006.

Omiyale, 29, is a versatile performer who could play both guard and tackle, and could serve as a backup for Russell Okung as he returns from a torn pectoral muscle suffered against Philadelphia in December. He started 31 games at left tackle, left guard and right tackle while with the Bears

Also, according to Adam Caplan of Fox Sports, N.Y. Giants defensive lineman Dave Tollefson is schedule to visit the Seahawks beginning tomorrow. Seattle still is looking to add another edge rusher either in the draft or free agency. Caplan reports Tampa Bay and Green Bay also are interested.

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  1. JazBadAzz says:

    Yup, Yup…#CruiseControl :)

  2. beefcurtain says:

    I hope the mF signing brings some good free agents this way

  3. LouieLouie says:

    These guys seem to be decent roll playing veterans with an affordable price-tag. I like the moves Carroll and Schneider are making.

  4. nighthawk2 says:

    The entire Bears offensive line, with the possible exception of 33 year old Roberto Garza moved to center last year, sucks big time. And we signed one of their rejects? I’m…well, not outraged, but highly underwhelmed.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Before we get in a twist, let’s see if he actually makes the roster.

  6. We are going to have players that we LIKE get cut this year off the final roster. That’s progress.

  7. nighthawk2 says:

    Who’s in a twist? I’m saying it’s a crap signing.

  8. Ewalters7354 says:

    I actually think he’ll be fine.Guys didn’t like the signing of Breno saying he was a reject and look how he turned out.It’s a solid signing.Love what this FO is doing.Bring on the draft!

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Relax big fella. Its only an expression.

  10. Soggybuc says:

    Is there ever a signing you don’t think is crap night?, not that i’m complaining purity of cynicism is a rare and wonderful thing. helps keep all these damned optimists in check.
    Sounds like plan C signings in case other FA options don’t emerge or some of the draftee’s flat out flop.

  11. RDPoulsbo says:

    We’re talking about roleplaying backup here. Not every signing is going to be a pro-bowler. I’m fine with it.

  12. HawkfaninMT says:

    I like it…

    OL playing within a scheme is not totally different than a QB changing schemes. Maybe Chi’s OL scheme didn’t suit his skillset as well as the Hawks. Keep an open mind, and let his play do the talking

  13. nighthawk2 says:

    I saw Breno play and didn’t think he’s as bad as was said. I’ve seen this guy, and he is as bad. But what the hell, the last guy that Cable brought in here because he used to coach him worked out soooooo well. I said that one was crap too. Would that be the opimists that were saying “In Ruskell We Trust” when I said he sucked? The optimists that said we’d go to the Super Bowl with Mora as coach and I said we’d be 5-11? The optimists that said we’d win the division with T-Joke at quarterback? Hmmmm? I’d be a lot more optimistic if Carroll quit letting his hack assistants make his free agent signings for him:

    “Hey Pete, I coached this guy half a dozen years ago! Let’s sign him!!”
    “Whatever you say Tom, just don’t punch me in the meetings again.”

    “Hey Pete, I had this guy in Minnesota and he stunk the place up, but I can coach up anyone just like Mike Shanahan!”
    “Come on Darrell. I met Mike Shanahan. Mike Shanahan was a friend of mine. You’re no Mike Shanahan”.

    Yeah, there’s been some signings I like, Soggy. I recall being in favor of signing some Irish guy we just signed around St. Patty’s Day (I think Bevel was holding hands with T-Joke telling him “see, we didn’t sign anyone to take your job” and Cable was calling Samson Satele in the Honolulu jail for Schneider to have sneaked that one by them and get direct access to Carroll). I liked the Tobeck signing. And there was, uh, you know that guy…

    Like I told Bobby, someone has to be the curmudgeon here.

  14. Flynn-Sanity!!!

  15. Dukeshire says:

    This guy’s not making the 53, unless there is a rash of injuries.

  16. nighthawk,

    Got to figure if King hadn’t been cut that this signing would not have taken place. With Okung and Carpenter nursing themselves, Breno is the only healthy OT left on the team. McQ can go there in a pinch. This was an insurance move. Like big D wrote, there’s a decent chance he won’t make the opening day roster.

  17. nighthawk2 says:

    What do you mean “unless”, with this team? There’s always a rash of injuries. Usually starting with that guy wearing Hutchinson’s old number.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    Jesus Christ… You’re right: we’re doomed. Omiyale was signed to start and his turn-style talent will cripple this franchise for generations.

    Look man, they’ve got to fill out an 80 man roster an a good many of those 27 players they’ll cut are brought in with the understanding (in the FO) that they’ll be cut. You know, so-called “training camp fodder”.

  19. nighthawk2 says:

    I’m just trying to figure out why, with a quality free agent tackle like Anthony Collins still out there, we sign this guy? Collins could be our starting right tackle and move Carpenter to guard or anywhere but starting right tackle.

  20. If he was signed to be a starter, I wouldn’t be happy. I’m fine with this type of depth signing. I think of McQuistan. If this were another offense with a different OL coach, I’d think he sucks, but he proved last year that he can be valuable with us. But if Cable coached him in the NFL and wants him back, I’m fine with that for depth purposes. After the whole Carpenter over Carimi thing, I may not trust Cable w/1st round picks anymore (and I think there’s good evidence/interviews that supports that’s who he wanted), but I trust him with NFL talent, especially after the magic show he pulled off in the second half of last season.

    Some guys just play better in different situations. Two years ago Polumbus played well for us (after getting cut by Denver [but played well for Bates in Den] and then traded from Detroit to us for a peanut) but then last year he wasn’t wanted in the new scenario. A lot depends on the system and if Cable wants him now, I’m fine with that.

  21. This is a fine signing. He’s either the 3rd OT until Carpenter comes off the PUP list around mid season, or he loses out to some younger pup who makes the team instead.

    FA signings like this just plug holes and keep all our options in the draft wide open.

  22. Dukeshire says:

    Hard to say. Collins though, hasn’t been able to solidify a spot on his own injury riddled line in Cinci.

  23. The Steelers, Packers, and Patriots, model organizations, sign a bunch of players every year that suck and get cut. Many of them are probably players they know have no chance to make the team.

  24. Nighthawk2,
    You are an idiot. I read a lot of posts but have never commented before. I’m actually on vacation and you are so lame I just thought you needed to know. Enjoy your cluelessness!

  25. Dukeshire says:

    I’m still disappointed they passed on Carimi. Any coinsidence it was against the Saints that his knee blew?

  26. Southendzone says:

    There was no in-ruskell we trust after the Hutch deal. The honeymoon is still on with Happy-face & the Schneid (new buddy cop drama coming to the WB this fall).

  27. Tollefson would be an interesting signing. I don’t know him, but from his stats, when the Giants put him in, he got sacks.

    And Tollefson would fit the pattern of John Schneider giving all his green bay cast-offs one more chance in Seattle.

    Dave Tollefson (drafted GB: 7th rnd 2006)
    Allen Babre (drafted GB: 4th rnd 2007)
    Breno Giacomini (drafted GB: 5th rnd 2008)
    Matt Flynn (drafted GB: 7th rnd 2008)

  28. baldbandit says:

    Nighthawk is right. We should only sign pro-bowl, starting caliber talent to our 80 man roster for camp fodder.

  29. Dukeshire says:

    Although that’s kind of funny, baldbandit, let’s not turn this into a Lord of the Flys situation where Nighthawk is Piggy (and that’s not directed to any one specific poster). We’re all riding high from the Flynn signing (most of us anyway) so the cold water of contrarianism stings a bit more than it otherwise might. We’re all after the same thing here (well, most of us anyway…) a championship team. Basically, it’s a long off season; let’s all play nice. Lol. There will be plenty of time for arguments during the draft.

  30. piperfeltcher says:

    I will be riding high as soon as they sign a starting guard as I do not see one on the roster right now.

  31. I wouldn’t worry too much about that. I bet by week 1 that we have not one but two starting guards.

  32. JazBadAzz says:

    Yeah, chill out fools and let Pete and John DO WORK!!!

  33. piperfeltcher says:

    Or 2 backup guards starting.

  34. Then I imagine a certain interior lineman from Stanford interests you in the draft’s first round?

  35. piperfeltcher says:

    To be honest I hate the idea of using a 1st round pick on a guard but looking at what is on the roster I would be all for Decastro. I keep hearing about how well the line was playing at the end of last year and yes the run blocking was great but they could not pass protect.

  36. Was thinking about the idea of drafting DeCastro. The more I think about it the more I like it.

    Couple things go through my mind

    1. Their line was a huge part of their success at Stanford and he was the best player on a very good line. best, IMO, in skills and athletic ability.

    2. If we looked back at what we have recently done we will pass on him, but there are 2 recent picks that show that might be a mistake

    NYG took Pierre-Paul when conventional wisdom said not to since they had a strong DL already – um I think they are liking the fact that they jumped on the chance on the guy they said at the time was clearly the best player available to them.

    Det – screwed up a few times with WR in the first round, but becuase they didn’t fret about drafting 2 WR they new they had something special in “megatron” Clearly they were right (third time is a charm)

    IF the brain trust think that he is the best player at 12 I TOTALLY okay with them drafting him. If they grade him equal to guys at other positions I think it is great they take that person as well.

    I am cooling on the idea of LB – not sure he is ready to be a top pick – I still think he is a stretch at 12.

    Anyway – will be interesting how things play out over the next month!

  37. I will hold off on draft scenarios for another day or two but yes, the O Line still has a long way to go. I do expect continued improvement and the QB change may reveal “improved” pass protection in the form of a quicker delivery of the ball. Being that we had the 28th ranked offense last year there is plenty of room for improvement.

    As far as the remaining FA pool, the only “splashes” left that I’m aware of would be Bush at RB and Heater. Outside of that, some depth signings. There’s always the chance of some more cuts that Seattle may want a piece of but things have calmed down a bit.

  38. Well put xcman. Don’t let the past determine the present.

    It’s one of several draft scenarios(couldn’t make it another day) that have me salivating. I’ll address the others soon enough.

    LT Okung, LG Moffit, C Unger, RG DeCastro, RT Carpenter.

    Got to believe that if healthy* this would be one the best O lines in the NFL by the end of the 2013 season.

  39. Along these draft talk lines, if they see Carp’s future at RT, Decastro would be great. If Carp will play LG, Reiff might still be available.

    Just doesn’t seem like there are that many guys that would be more valuable at 12. Maybe Keuchly if Heater leaves, maybe one of the top two DEs falls to 12.

  40. Flynn-Sanity: Day 4 of the New Era!!!

  41. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It’s funny how so much attention is on first round picks that it is easy to overlook how the FO has done with the later round picks and undrafted free agents.

    That’s what I like about this team the most! We are well on our way to being one of the better teams in the NFL if the FO keeps doing well in the later rounds ( regardless how well they do in the first )!Imo.

    http://www.opposingviews.com/i/sports/nfl/49ers/2012-nfl-mock-draft-first-round-players-avoid

  42. RDPoulsbo says:

    Is pessimism really that ingrained into us as Seahawk fans that we’re handwringing over a backup OL guy who’s probably #8 or #9 on the depth charts? It was only last Friday where people had to be walked back off the ledge after Flynn went to visit Miami without a contract along with people actually talking up Alex Smith.

    I guess signing a bottom of the dept charts guy triggers the PTSD around here.

  43. bird_spit says:

    Without the drama on the blog, what real excitement is there ? Don’t count on another big splash in FA. Best we can hope for is heater to re-sign. Get it done..

  44. Draft some pass rushers first and foremost, then LB’s, then a WR, then depth at OL and Corner.

  45. HawkfaninMT says:

    Anyone see the possibility of Trufant coming back perhaps? Maybe he thought the market would be a bit hotter for him, so he declined the paycut, but his only visit that I know of thus far has been Denver

  46. Dukeshire says:

    I think it’s a possibility, as a nickel corner. Problem there, is a lot of nickel guys contribute on special teams, and I don’t see him doing that, so that would seem to reduce his value a bit more. But I still do think it’s a possibility, albeit small.

  47. Omiyale can play 4 positions on the line right now. He’s nothing more than depth with a chance to make the team. The reason I like the signing is that he is so versatile: its my hope that he can learn to be our backup C, so JeanPierre can start at LG when the season opens, because McQuistan sucks at G.

    Funny thing is, McQuistan did better at LT than he did at G. Though he wasnt good, he wasnt terrible. And he was terrible at G.

    While I’m gonna scream if Seattle fails to get an impact player in the first round this year, I’m gonna wait to proclaim Carpenter a bust for another year or two. If he fails to become at least a Pro Bowl G, he will be a bust.

    Personally, Im beginning to doubt Cable’s ability to judge talent. Perhaps we’d be better off with JS and the scouts choosing our FA and draftee O-lineman?

    I’m okay with signing Ayodele, but add it up and our line should be very good by now and it isnt. So I feel nighthawk’s pain. I just cant be as cynical, no matter how hard I try.

    Not even Bellicheat or Sean Payton get every transaction right. Look how many players have busted for the Pats in the last few years. I think JS and Carrol have done a fastastic job overall, and though there were a few moves I didnt like that I was right about, and a few moves I wanted them to do and they should have done, their track record is far higher than if I were in charge. So I cant bitch too much.

    Now if we could only see 25 TD passes a year and 10 wins…

  48. Does anyone recall any OL that where drafted in the later rounds that turned out to be outstanding starters. I can think of examples for every other position but as far as I can tell OL selections must come early. We were vey fortunate to aquire Flynn but I think we have to give him a solid OL if we expect him to improve the offense significantly. If Decastro is stll available at 12 I hope we go with him.

  49. Anyone else remember who Marshawn Lynch thought was the MVP of the offense last year? Paul McQuistan. What did we think of him last year when he was signed?

    Just sayin.

    Hopefully Omiyale is not active for many games this next year. That would mean that the other guys who are more talented are on the field. If Okung can start and play 16 games next season our line will be in good shape. We will protect our passer better than last year.

  50. Trufant will make a nice #2 corner for someone if he can stay healthy. He would play on special teams, he did a lot of it in SEA. I think times like this truly reveal how much a guy wants to play and put his body through the grind. How much does he NEED the money? We’ll find out. Denver would be a good fit, they like those old guys. Sad thing is, he’d lower the avg age of their secondary.

  51. RDPoulsbo says:

    McQuistan is much better than a lot of people here give him credit for. I was actually surprised he didn’t go out to find a starting job somewhere in the league this year.

  52. I still think McQuistan flat out sucked at G last year. The guy often failed to seal off his man in run blocking, and was usually a revolving door in pass pro. As I said, oddly enough he did a credible job playing LT when Okung went down.

    Obviously he’s being kept because of his performance at LT, and his knowledge of the system.

    Lynch saying he was MVP of the line?! I never heard that. That one’s hard to believe. Take that with a grain of salt though; Lynch was yelling at the coaching staff early in the year when the line was sucking hard, then when asked about it after the game he refused to throw anyone under the bus and took the blame on himself. Thats commendable, but it isnt the truth. The camera’s caught Lynch and it was obvious how pissed and frustrated he was. But he’s learned not to give the Media ANYTHING negative from his days in Buffalo.

    Then again, if Lynch says McQuistan was line MVP, then I gotta re-evaluate my opinion somewhat. He certainly knows more about whats going on than a dweeb like me!

  53. Tennhawkfan says:

    The Sseahawks have had several FA visits, do they intend to sign any or are they just bored.

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