After serving a 1 game suspension, L. Hill returns to an already pumped up Hawks defense. This will be a nice addition due to the minor health issues that seem to be hampering the Heater’s (Hawthorne) start. Also returning is Mansfield Wrotto who was recently cut after a better than average preaseason game against the Vikings. This is most likely due to the injury sustained by Max Unger early in the 49ers game. Glad to see both players come back, but I can’t help but think which 2 players will be cut to make room. Certainly Babs is safe after an impressive game on Sunday. My question to you is, who will be cut to make room for the 2 new/old additions?
On Saturday, the Seahawks trimmed their roster down to 53 players. As it turns out, the initial cuts were only the beginning for John Schneider and the Seattle Seahawks.
On Sunday, the Seahawks continued to churn and trim their roster, cutting several veterans and signing players released by other teams around the league.
Here is a quick list of who the Seahawks released yesterday:
Jordan Babineaux had been with the Seahawks since 2004 after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. For most of his career, Babineaux excelled as the third cornerback in nickel packages; his ability to make timely plays earned him the nickname Big Play Babs. Last season, Babineaux started all 16 games for the Seahawks as a safety. He will be remembered most for the game-saving tackle made on Tony Romo following a fumbled snap in the 2007 NFL Playoffs.
Kevin Ellison, who played for Pete Carroll at the University of Southern California, was acquired by the Seahawks after being released by the San Diego Chargers following an off-field indiscretion. As a rookie in 2009, Ellison started 9 games at safety for the Chargers. Ellison is a former sixth-round pick who most expected to be cut the day before.
Julius Jones is definitely not a fan favorite, but he has lasted several years in Seattle despite regime turnover and fan criticism. Jones started 24 games for the Seahawks in two seasons after leaving Dallas as a free agent in 2007. In Seattle, Jones rushed for 1,361 yards and averaged just over 4.0 yards per carry. Nothing is confirmed yet, but several reports say Jones will be released. If he is on the roster after Monday, his base salary of $2.45 million in 2010 becomes guaranteed.
Owen Schmitt, the Runaway Beer Truck, was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 draft by Seattle. Known to prefer a smash-mouth brand of football, Schmitt will probably be remembered most for striking his own head with a helmet prior to a game last season. Schmitt has only started twice in two seasons and never lived up to his potential as a fullback in the NFL.
Steve Vallos was selected in the seventh round of the 2007 draft by Seattle. In two seasons with the team, Vallos has started 8 games and proved his value with impressive versatility on the offensive line. He looked capable while starting in place of injured Chris Spencer and also played elsewhere along the interior offensive line.
Kevin Vickerson was acquired as part of the deal that also sent LenDale White to Seattle last April. Vickerson looked decent as a nose tackle during the preseason, capable of backing up starter Colin Cole. The Seahawks obviously considered Vickerson expendable and will look to add depth elsewhere.
Mansfield Wrotto spent most of the exhibition season starting at left tackle in place of injured Russell Okung and keeping Matt Hasselbeck upright. As a reward, the Seahawks sent Wrotto packing as more questions continue to develop regarding the offensive line. Wrotto was originally a fourth-round selection in 2007 – Seattle used the pick acquired from the Darrell Jackson trade to draft him – and has started 5 games in three seasons. Prior to playing tackle in several exhibition games, Wrotto spent most of his time as an offensive guard.
In addition to a number of cuts, the Seahawks also added a handful of players. More additions are expected as the Seahawks continue to change the 53-man roster less than a week before the season opener.
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The Seahawks have reportedly acquired offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus from the Detroit Lions. No word on compensation yet.
Following injuries to Russell Okung and Ray Willis, Seattle has obviously been desperate for tackle depth. Mansfield Wrotto has been starting at left tackle after making the switch from guard, and Chester Pitts is still a few weeks away from playing.
The deal makes sense for Seattle, assuming compensation is minimal. And it isn’t a complete shock that the Detroit Lions are, once again, Seattle’s trading partner.
More will be posted regarding this trade as it develops.
Looked a lot better at left tackle than anyone expected. Although Wrotto had help, he did an effective job of neutralizing arguably the best pass rusher in the NFL. I barely remember hearing Jared Allen’s name. Outside of a false start, Wrotto had as good of a game as possible. Grade: A-
Was 9/17 for 138. No picks and no touchdowns. 94 of Hasselbeck’s yards came on 2 plays both of which were perfectly thrown balls to Branch(42) and Williams (52) hitting them in stride and allowing them to pick up extra yards. Matt nearly threw 2 interceptions. One on a slant route to Deion Branch early in the game and another which would have been a pick had Houshmandzadeh not it batted down to the turf. Hasselbeck didn’t look great, but he didn’t look bad either. He was good. Grade: C+
The Running Game
Struggled mustering a mere 42 yards between L Washington (2.6 avg.), J Jones(3), and J Forsett(3.3). As a group they averaged only 3 ypc. No single back stood out among the pack which was a little disappointing. Grade: D
Mike Williams was just trying to stick with a team at the beginning of training camp. Now he is making a strong move to crack the starting lineup based on his preseason numbers. Mike Williams has 149 yard, and his plays are the type that ignite an offense and create momentum. His size makes him a prime target in the redzone evidenced in the Vikings game when he was one and a half feet away from a touchdown on a fade route. Even without his 51td from Whitehurst, Williams would still lead all Seahawk receivers. He has definately separated himself from the pack, but still has a lot to prove based on his past. So far so good. Grade: B+
Golden Tate, who many thought would be the number 2 wideout, has only 60 yards, 47 in the Vikings game, and seems to have fallen out of favor with the coaching staff as a result of poorly run routes. He better tighten up his game, as he seems to have already fallen out of the starting lineup. Grade: C-
Houshmandzadeh has 95 total yards and has looked ok. He had embarrassing drop in the second half of the Vikings game which could not have been a better thrown ball, however, he did break up what would have been a sure pick allowing Mare to later kick a 38 yd Field Goal. Grade C+
At first, it looked really bad.
Russell Okung, Seattle’s huge investment and first-round pick, was carted off the field and into the locker room last Saturday against the Green Bay Packers.
Some people assumed it was serious – possibly even a season-threatening fracture. Awaiting news, most of Seattle’s fans cringed thinking about Mansfield Wrotto as the team’s new starting left tackle.
Following negative x-ray results and a subsequent MRI, the team announced they expected Okung to miss 2-4 weeks. He would definitely miss the rest of the exhibition season, but could be ready to go for the season opener.
Injuries are never good, but it appeared as if Seattle had dodged a bullet. Nothing serious, and Okung would apparently be ready to go when the games started to matter.
Today, however, the news became slightly worse.
Head coach Pete Carroll revealed that Russell Okung does, in fact, have a high ankle sprain – the same injury that plagued tackle Sean Locklear for more than two months last season.
It’s day-to-day, I hate to even think week-to-week. We’re going to just keep looking at him as we’re going through this. In terms of injuries, I don’t think he’s missed a game before or even a practice. So he doesn’t have any experience of having to come back from something so we’ll figure that out as we go.
It’s not the worst one we’ve ever seen. It’s kind of a moderate one. So that’s why we’re holding out hope that maybe he can get back quickly, but those can be difficult. We have to see how it goes for him.
Keep your fingers crossed.
Once again, the Seattle Seahawks have been unable to sign their first draft pick. And again, their largest investment of the offseason will report to training camp late.
Last year, Aaron Curry reported to training camp eight days late. Curry, like Okung, was penciled in as an immediate starter following his top-ten selection in the NFL draft.
And like Okung, Curry’s selection in the first round couldn’t have been at a worse position.
Following Curry’s selection at fourth overall, the New York Jets picked quarterback Mark Sanchez. In June of 2009, Sanchez agreed to a five-year deal worth around $50.5 million with $28 million in guarantees.
Because Curry was drafted ahead of Sanchez, his representatives thought it would be appropriate for him to receive a larger contract.
Quarterbacks, however, always make more money than other positions on the football field. Sanchez received a larger contract than Tyson Jackson, the third overall pick last season. Matt Ryan of Atlanta signed the largest rookie contract of any player in 2008 despite being chosen third overall.
Sanchez was selected one spot after Aaron Curry, which created a dilemma for both sides during negotiations. A perfect storm led to Curry’s absence.
This season, the Seattle Seahawks face a similar dilemma with rookie Russell Okung.
Prior to the Seahawks selecting Okung, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Eric Berry fifth overall. Berry recently signed a six-year, $60 million deal that includes $34 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid safety in NFL history.
Not bad for a rookie who has never played a down in the league, huh? Okung’s representatives want more.
Despite being chosen one spot later than Berry, Okung wants more compensation. Peter Schaffer, Okung’s agent, is probably thinking that a premier, franchise left tackle should always earn more than a defensive back.
In most cases, he is correct. But the Seattle Seahawks are unlikely to budge and would prefer a slotted salary (Okung earns more than players picked after him but less than those picked before).
In addition to putting a premium on particular positions, there is also a problem with contract length.
Just like the perfect storm that led to Curry’s absence, Okung’s situation seems to be unusually coincidental.
Three of the five players picked in front of Okung have signed six-year deals; the players chosen after Okung have signed five-year deals. Okung is conveniently stuck in the middle.
The Seahawks would obviously prefer a six-year deal, but that means Okung would have to put off free agency for one more year. A longer deal would obviously warrant more guaranteed money.
Ndamukong Suh, drafted second overall, recently signed a five-year deal with the Detroit Lions. This won’t help the Seahawks add another year on Okung’s contract, but it may lead to him reporting to camp sooner.
I’m hopeful Okung and the Seahawks can come to terms soon, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he misses more time in camp. At this point, it would be great to see the Seahawks get something done by the end of this week.
Until then, I suppose we can look forward to watching more of Mansfield Wrotto at left tackle.
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