The Seahawks have finally made their first pick in the 2013 draft. It just took until the final pick of the second round to get here. With that pick, Seattle took Christine (pronounced Chris-TIN) Michael, a running back from Texas A&M. Chances are you’re wondering who the hell that is. Allow me to enlighten you.
According to NFL.com, Michael’s strengths include a “low center of gravity” but with a “thickness throughout his frame to take and give out punishment.” He has more speed than one would think when he is able to break open as well. Overall, Michael is a bruiser that will be a nice compliment to Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Both Lynch and Turbin are hard to bring down, and Lynch will occasionally level a tackler, but Michael has the ability to straight damage some defenders. Michael is also a good blocker that is able to lead the ball into the second level.
According to CBS Sports, Michael started 2012 rated by some as the “top senior running back in the country.” Attitude issues, however, took him out of the starting role, and the spotlight, which is probably a big reason he was relatively unknown and is yet another “what the what” pick by Pete Carroll and John Schneider.
Michael has had injury issues and missed the ends of both his sophomore and junior year. He broke his right leg in 2010 and the following season he tore his ACL. However, in 13 games he ran for 1,530 yards and 12 touchdowns. If he can check his attitude issues at the door and stay healthy, Michael should have an opportunity to contribute greatly in Seattle.
If Seattle starts utilizing a running back by committee approach it could be a very different dynamic on offense and make them harder to prepare for and defend. Diversity is a killer.
Another thing that I just thought of is whether or not Seattle might consider lining up Michael at full back and getting all three backs (Lynch, Turbin, and Michael) on the field at the same time. This could also give Seattle more flexibility when it comes to dealing with Michael Robinson’s contract.
This pick could also have fantasy implications as it might limit carries by Lynch.
No matter what, I think we should all get #inpcjswetrust trending because I expect a lot more unexpected picks out of Seattle for the rest of the draft.
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ESPN’s Ed Werder is reporting that the Seahawks and free agent CB Antoine Winfield are close to agreeing to a contract.
Winfield will turn 36 this year, so he clearly isn’t a long term solution for the Seahawks. This move would seem to indicate that the Seahawks have decided they cannot depend on Walter Thurmond to stay healthy.
Winfield is one of the games premier performers at covering slot receivers, and is exceptional at tackling and providing run support. His speed and ability are a perfect match for what Pete Carroll wants in a nickel corner for this defense, and he’ll provide a nice upgrade from what Marcus Trufant provided a year ago.
That part about this that is truly interesting to me, is that Winfield would be the top CB on many teams in the NFL. In Seattle, he’s the #3 CB behind Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. Winfield is going to make the already scary Seahawk’s secondary even more so. The Legion of Boom is certainly going to scary opposing QBs and offensive coordinators in 2013.
I’ve very curious as to the financial terms of this deal. Its hard to believe that the Seahawks are willing to pay Winfield what he’s worth. Doing so would likely mean that a large salary cut is coming from another position. Either that, or the Seahawks have concluded that they cannot afford to keep Kam Chancellor, and thus holding onto the cap space needed for his extension is no longer needed.
What I’m hoping for, is that Winfield found the CB market lacking this year, and signed an extremely team friendly deal just to get a shot at a Super Bowl. It’s not likely, but a guy can dream, right?
As Matt Flynn flies the Hawks nest to try his luck with the Raiders the obvious question is; who will back up Russell Wilson? Does John Schneider go with a veteran like a Matt Leinert, Tyler Thigpen, or even the bad-tempered Vince Young? Or does he wait for a late round gem from say…a small college? He may do both. But as a matter of style I would guess Schneider will have at least one eye on a late round relatively unknown quarterback who can develop behind Wilson. Not that he would ever take the job away from Wilson, but if the Seahawks got a guy who had good physical attributes such as a strong arm, reasonable mobility, height, and who had done well at the small college level, why not take him and develop him in the Seahawk’s/Pete Carroll mold? Bringing a young QB along gradually from scratch has had some appeal for Carroll in the past.
Such a player can be found in one Brad Sorenson from Southern Utah University. Check out this guy’s physical characteristics. He’s 6’5”, 230, and has a gun for an arm. In other words he’s the prototype NFL quarterback. In watching his highlights, which you have to take with a grain of salt because they don’t show his bad plays, he seems to see the field really well. He has good touch on the ball, can throw to the corner of the end zone with accuracy, and finds open guys when his primary target is covered. What’s not to like? Well, he does throw a few interceptions, but he had a lot more touchdowns than INT’s; having just 10 picks against 23 touchdowns last season. Not having watched any of SUU’s games I couldn’t tell you for sure if he’s inconsistent or streaky. He seems to stare down and throw to his number one receiver most of the time, which in the NFL could be trouble. What I can tell you is he is the top ranked small school QB in the 2013 draft and 15th overall. The question is how would he do as an NFL quarterback? A lot of people who make a living comparing players to other players, i.e. draft “experts”, have compared him to John Skelton who started for the Arizona Cardinals in game one of 2012. Before you smack your palm to your forehead and scream “oh HELL NO” at me just remember, the only reason Skelton started is because the higher rated Kevin Kolb was so bad. Skelton was obviously not ready, but was good enough to beat out the veteran Kolb who was the talk of free agency 3 years ago.
So, let’s assume a newly minted 7th round pick, whoever it is, isn’t going to beat out Russell Wilson and has a couple years to take in Pete Carroll and all that comes with him. Can a guy with small college experience develop and blossom under Pete Carroll’s tutelage if given time? Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that he could. The only real danger is that the team would need him to step in if the worst happens and Wilson goes down for any length of time THIS year. Then we’d be in John Skelton territory, with an inexperienced small college guy running the offense at a low level of efficiency. Would that be a disaster for the Seahawks? Depending on how long Wilson was out, absolutely it would. But that’s the chance you take in football. We could all be sitting around in October or November wondering what were the Seahawks thinking when they traded away Matt Flynn!
But you can’t have two starting quarterbacks on the same roster, can you? That usually causes an ego or a money problem, or both. The number two guy is always going to want out. He’s always going to be looking ahead to the time he can get out from behind the starter who is holding back his career. In a situation like the Seahawks might have with Sorenson, the team would have a guy who is just happy to be in the NFL, is developing and improving with no pressure, and who gives you at least 4 years of backup capability without costing much of anything. After his first season as a backup, he would be a lot more ready to step in if needed. Heck, maybe he’d even get some playing time this year if the Seahawks get a few blowouts like they had last year!
The last thing I like about this scenario is that if Sorenson or another no-name QB turned out to be a gem, it would just enhance the Carroll/Schneider mystique, which would drive Jim Harbaugh absolutely NUTS!
A quick survey of a the comments on twitter about the news that Matt Flynn’s inevitable trade to the Raiders led to some very disperate opinions. The response varied from excitement to anger, and this is before we learn exactly what the Seahawks are getting back in return for Flynn.
Before the terms are announced, I thought it would be interesting to gauge what everyone is expecting in return for Flynn. But instead of asking what we think will happen, what i really want to know is what you’d be happy with.
Think of it as “If we get less than ____ in return, I wont be happy with this trade.”
So 12s, what do think?Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
Percy Harvin – Is only 24, runs a 40 in 4.3 seconds, does a great job of getting yards after catch and is an accomplished kickoff return runner.
Percy Harvin – misses a lot of practices, unfortunately suffers from recurring migraines and has already exhibited a tendency to be a bit of diva.
So what does this mean for the Seahawks?
It means that if he passes his physical, Harvin will be a speedy receiver with good hands, excellent running instincts and a desire for the ball. It also means that Harvin may continue to miss practices due to his migraine issues and on a team with an “always compete” team mentality, missing practices means Harvin may not successfully compete for as much starting time as he would like.
Going up against Rice, Baldwin and Tate, who have all shown exceptional growth and stability through the 2012 season, Harvin may find himself having to work harder than he has before to get playing time.
While I’m okay with the picks we’ve given for Harvin, I’m not “all in” this trade. But I’m open to the possibilities of the Hawks making it work. Some keys to success for Harvin with the Seahawks will include:
- Adapting to the always compete mode (Doug Baldwin is embracing the opportunity to compete)
- Limiting kick return opportunities (let someone else be cannon fodder, although if rumors of trading Leon Washington are true, hopefully Pete and John plan on picking someone up in the draft)
- Committing to as many practices/mini camps as possible, both for physical conditioning and developing relationships with his QB and fellow receivers
- Understanding that great physical talent still requires considerable practice and application. Ask Golden Tate.
- Appreciating the caliber of players he’ll be sharing a locker room with (Russell Wilson has extra meetings with his receivers and oline… for a reason)
Ultimately, Pete and John are pretty smart guys. I’m pretty confident that they will limit the guaranteed money to Harvin and build in lots of incentives for him to reach for. And I hope he does rise to the occasion. He really needs to appreciate this opportunity for what it is.
Harvin could be great. But he’s not great yet.
The Seahawks just became the latest team to nab an ex-basketball player to play Tight End in the NFL. Darren Fells signed a 3 year contract Tuesday with the Seattle Seahawks. Fells is 27 years old and has been playing basketball internationally. The Hawks are looking to find another gem off of the basketball courts after seeing the success of past basketball players like Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham.
Fells was planning to hold a Pro day but after visiting the Seahawks his Pro Day was not needed. The Seahawks were impressed enough to sign him before he left Seahawks Headquarters. Fells was a High School All-State Tight End in California but chose basketball over football in College and hasn’t played since. He has played basketball all over the world but never has been able to make it into the NBA and so he chose to go pro in a completely different sport.
Fells being 6’7 and 280 pounds could be a huge target in the redzone paired with either Zach Miller or Anthony McCoy. The question has to arise as to whether or not the Seahawks could be planning on using Fells in place of Miller who has an 11 million dollar cap hit in 2013. The Hawks don’t want to lose Miller but if he isn’t willing to restructure his contract they may have no choice but to cut him to save money and use it elsewhere.
As the 2012 season progressed it was obvious that Russell Wilson grew more and more comfortable using his Tight Ends over the middle. In 2013 Wilson will likely use his Tight Ends even more and the Seahawks will look to use Double Tight End sets even more. Darren Fells could be used in jump ball isolation plays using his size and vertical abilities.
Again Pete Carroll and John Schneider have shown that they are willing to look everywhere and anywhere to find whatever pieces they need to make the Seahawks a Super Bowl contender. Even though Fells has not played since High School the Seahawks front office has earned the right to sign whoever they think will fit their system.
Rumor has it that Cullen Jenkins will be visiting the Seahawks on Monday. Jenkins met with the Giants last week to possibly fill their need for a Defensive Tackle after cutting Chris Canty recently. Jenkins Signed with the “Dream Team” Eagles after the Lockout two years ago. He became a Cap Casualty when the Eagles decided to go in a younger direction.
This could be a solid replacement for the unrestricted free agent Alan Branch. Jenkins is a good run stuffing Defensive Tackle who had 4 sacks last year. Jenkins was known to be a strong leader in the locker room which any team would desire. Rumor has it that his contract requirements will not be nearly as high as they were two years ago.
Seattle needing a big body run stuffing tackle to create some push on 1st and 2nd downs. Jenkins would be a great addition to an already strong defense. Seattle showed at the combine last week that they will definitely be looking at the defensive line this offseason and Jenkins could be a good fit, if they can sign him at the right price. Seattle has to be planning for long term with all of their contracts these days because they will have to shell out a lot of money in the next few years, due to their draft success the last few years. So depending on the Jenkins financial requirements the Hawks could look to get a cheaper version of Jenkins in the draft.
Jenkins will meet with the Seahawks on Monday and then meet with the 49ers later in the week. There is also talk that he could return to the Packer which he won the Super Bowl with in 2011.
According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, the Seahawks have signed Will Blackmon to a futures contract, meaning he will be added to the roster once rosters expand to 90 next month. Blackmon has most recently been playing with the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena League.
All NFL teams sign a lot of guys this time of year, and rarely do they ever make any impact on the team once the games begin. This is why I don’t normally list all these transactions here at 12th Man Rising, but Blackmon’s name caught my eye because I remembered him from games when the Seahawks played the Packers.
There was once a time when Blockmon was considered a dangerous return man. Blackmon had 3 returns for TD combined in 2007 and 2008, which were his first 2 years handling return duties. In 2009 he played in just 3 games, and failed to make an impact.
Blackmon moved to the Giants in 2010, and played sparingly, appearing in just 11 games in that time, with 20 total punt returns and 15 total kick returns to go with 8 tackles during that time. He did not play in the NFL in 2012.
What should we make of this signing? Not much. While I trust John Schneider’s ability to find diamonds where no one else is looking, I doubt Blackmon is that type of player. He’s 28, and 2 teams have already seen him come and go.
Ultimately, I think Blackmon comes to camp as Leon Washington insurance. Blackmon will be able to handle some of the return duties in camp in and the preseason, and If Leon suffers some sort of freak injury, then Seattle will have a replacement ready to go.
I’ll keep the into short here. Lots of rumors flying around, and I thought I’d pass a few along. Try not to get too worked up about trade rumors though. This is the NFL, not baseball. Mid-season trades just don’t happen very often in football.
Rumors are flying around that the Jets and Patriots and others are trying to acquire cornerback Brandon Browner from the Seahawks. Don’t believe them, they aren’t true. Browner is a key piece of what the Seahawks do on defense, and is irreplaceable at this point. I have no idea where this rumor has come from. There’s just no way this is even being considered.
That doesn’t mean that the Seahawks aren’t shopping a corner. As I suggested earlier today, Marcus Trufant would make sense as a possible trade candidate. But the two starters aren’t going anywhere.
Reports are that the Rams are actively shopping Steven Jackson. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise since considering that he’s already been told that this is his last season in St. Louis. If the Rams can get an extra draft pick for Jackson at this point, they’d be crazy not to make the swap.
The obvious destination for Jackson would be either the Lions or the Packers. The Packers are in desperate need of help at RB, and Jackson would be a good fit there. The Lions have Leshoure, but don’t have any depth behind him and could use help at the position if they’re going to make a run and get back into the playoff picture.
The Dwayne Bowe rumors continue to fly, and the Seahawks are one of the teams that are always attached to the wide receiver. The pairing makes sense. Seattle needs a WR, and Bowe is the best one out there available. I just don’t think it gets done. Kansas City isn’t letting him go, and know that they can use either the franchise tag or transition tag on him in the offseason in order to keep him.
The Chiefs wont be letting Bowe leave cheaply. A 2nd round pick is the compensation I’m hearing that they’re looking for. I just can’t see anyone giving up that much for a half season rental on the wide receiver. I don’t expect Bowe to actually be moved before the deadline.
Marshawn Lynch is reportedly experiencing back spasms and is not a sure thing to play in the Seahawks’ opener in Arizona this Sunday according to Adam Schefter at ESPN. This has implications in both the real and fantasy realms of football.
First let’s go over the fantasy football implications. In most league’s Marshawn Lynch is probably – and if he isn’t, he should be – a low RB1 or high RB2 which means he should be starting. With Lynch being a concern in regards to playing this Sunday, you may want to consider picking up Robert Turbin to start in Lynch’s place. My expectations would be for the offensive plan to be nearly identical with Turbin starting and him to get the majority of carries. I would only recommend this plan of action if your bench is thin on starting running backs and you don’t have another running back playing at the same time or later who is guaranteed a start and is going to get significant rushing attempts. This would require holding onto both Lynch and Turbin for the week and keeping an eye on game time announcements before plugging in your starter for the week.
Lynch not being able to start has an even greater effect on the outcome of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. With a rookie starting at quarterback it adds increased value to having a veteran running back that is capable of carrying the team in case of any growing pains or late-game situations. Starting a rookie at both quarterback and running back could throw the outcome of the game into jeopardy. With Arizona’s offense in its current state of disarray, Seattle was favored (slightly) to win the game. If Lynch is out, I’d argue that the game would be an even match since Arizona’s defense is still very strong. The winner would likely be the team whose defense scores the most points.
Lynch is also a key component to the morale of the Seahawks. He is the backbone of the offense and not having him for the season opener would leave the offense without any proven personalities that can lift the team up by making the gutsy play if the going gets tough. It doesn’t mean that somebody can’t, or won’t, step up, but it would definitely leave a void where Beast Mode would normally be.
Keep an eye out for developments regarding Lynch’s back throughout the week and prepare for a last minute substitution to your fantasy roster if you are currently planning on starting Lynch this Sunday.
We finally have our annual shocking roster move on the eve of the season by Pete Carroll and John Schneider.
As that Tweet says, the Seahawks have waived veteran TE Kellen Winslow Jr. Winslow was schedule to make $4.8 mil this season. The Seahawks acquired Wilslow this past offseason from Tampa for a 7th round draft choice.
Wilsow figured heavily in Seahawks offensive plan this season, and was used extensively throughout training camp and the preseason to create matchup problems for opposing teams. Winslow was thought to be a key offensive weapons for the coming season.
There is still word as to why the Seahawks have decided to release Winslow. I’ve heard of no off-field incident, nor any take of any problems inside the locker room. Even Earl Thomas, per his twitter account, was surprised and confused by the report.
Update: Danny ONeil of the Seattle Times is now reporting that the Seahawks asked Winslow to take a pay cut, and he refused. This led to his release today.
An additional roster move is now needed to fill the void at TE. Expect a player to be signed later today. McGrath, the undraft TE who looked great in the preseason and has recently been added to the practice squad, is certainly an option at this point.
It wasn’t released to the rest of us until well after the deadline to set the roster, but here is the 53 man roster (at least for right now):
Quarterbacks: Russell Wilson, Matt Flynn
Backs: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Michael Robinson, Leon Washington, Kregg Lumpkin
TE: Zach Miller, Kellen Winslow, Anthony McCoy
WR: Sydney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Ben Obomanu, Braylon Edwards, Charly Martin
Offensive Tackle: Russell Okung, Breno Giacomini, Frank Omiyale
Guard: James Carpenter, John Moffitt, JR Sweezy, Paul McQuistan,
Center: Max Unger, Lemeul JeanPierre
Defensive Tackle: Alan Branch, Brandon Mebane, Jason Jones, Clinton McDonald, Jaye Howard
Defensive End: Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, Bruce Irvin, Greg Scruggs
Linebacker: KJ Wright, Leroy Hill, Bobby Wagner, Mike Morgan, Malcom Smith, Heath Farwell
Corner: Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Jeremy Lane, Marcus Trufant, Byron Maxwell
Safety: Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Winston Guy, Chris Maragos, Jeron Johnson
Specialist: John Ryan, Steven Hauschka, Clint Greshman
To get down to 53, here’s how the cuts happened:
PUP List: Walter Thurmond
Injured Reserve: Matt McCoy
Suspended List: Allen Barbre
Waived/injured: Cooper Helfet, Vai Taua
Waived: Phillip Adams, Pierre Allen, Allen Bradford, Deon Butler, Kris Durham, Paul Fanaika, Rishaw Johnson, Jermaine Kearse, Kyle Knox, Ricardo Lockette, Sean McGrath, Kris O’Dowd, Josh Portis, DeShawn Shead, Korey Toomer, Lavasier Tuinei.
Today is a big day for the Seahawks, as they must cut their roster down from 75 to 53 by 6 pm local time. There will undoubtedly be a couple players placed on IR, and possible a couple trades or acquisitions between now and then as well.
The first of these cuts has leaked to the press, and Danny O’neil of the Seattle times is reporting that Kris Durham, the Seahawks 4th round pick a year ago, will be one of those released. This isn’t a surprise, as the Seahawks have a very crowded field at WR, and Durham did not have a good camp.
Update: WR Charlie Martin and S Winston Guy have made the team, as it stands now. Of course things can change over the next few days.
update: Dean Butler will not make the team, per multiple reports.
I’ll update this post we learn of additional news.
They will release their full roster once all of the players have been informed of their future. I’ll post the 53 man roster once it is released
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, QB Tarvaris Jackson has been traded to the Buffalo Bills. The return coming to the Seahawks has not been reported, but is believed to be draft picks.
The Seahawks were originally hoping to get a 5th round pick for Jackson per a report by CBS Sports, but I’d heard many people around the league doubt that the Seahawks would get that much compensation for Jackson.
Jackson started last season with the Seahawks and led them to 7-7 record in 14 starts, he also played through a major pec injury for most of the season, and was the incumbent starter and at the top of the depth chart at the position at the start of training camp. He was later passed on the depth chart, first by Matt Flynn, and later by Russell Wilson, making him expendable.
With this trade, one has to assume that the news on Matt Flynn’s injured elbow must be good. I have a tough time believing that the Seahawks would trade Jackson if there was legitimate concerns that Flynn’s injury is major.
update: One of the names to be added to this list is QB Tarvaris Jackson, who has been traded to the Bills according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com more on that soon.
The Seahawks cut their roster down to 75 players today, and there were a few veterans among those released. Most notable would be Terrell Owens. Owens simply hasn’t adapted to the Seahawks offense, and has made plays when he needed to. As I said yesterday, this move isn’t surprising.
The Seahawks also released Deuce Lutui, Axen Barron, Phil Bates, Edawn Coughman, Donny Lisowski, Ron Parker, and Tyrell Sutton.
Lutui is the most surprising of all these players. Lutui started at RG earlier in the preseason, and was viewed as the primary backup at G for most of camp. His release is an indication of just how far JR Sweezy has come in his conversion from DT to G. Sweezy started in Kansas City, and played very well.
The Seahawks also waived/injured Roy Lewis, Jamison Konz, Cameron Morrah, and Pep Levingston. The way this works, is that these players are placed on waivers and can be claimed by other teams. If any of these players clear waivers, then they the Seahawks can move them to the reserve-injured list, or release them and pay them an injury settlement. The Seahawks retain the rights to, and must continue to pay, those on the reserve-injured list. These players must be activated to the roster, placed on the PUP list, or placed on IR by the time the rosters are reduced to 53 players next week.
So far, the reports only include 12 of the 14 players the Seahawks must release by tomorrow. I’ll update this post as the only 2 names are released by the team.