EDIT: Kerney is not getting a roster bonus, and is due a little over $5 million this year. There's not much reason to cut him before March 5th.
There's only a few days left before the official start of the 2010 season, and the Hawks org has been mostly mum on the three somewhat "controversial" players: Patrick Kerney (age, injury, declining performance), Deion Branch (age, injury) and Walter Jones (age, injury).
What do you guys think the outcome will be? Here are my thoughts:
Patrick Kerney - He's due to make a little over $5 million with NO roster bonus. It's unlikely anything happens with him any time soon. My guess is the team will try to restructure or trade. If neither, they'll cut him. He's expensive and his multiple labrum surgeries make it quite unlikely he'll be dominant.
Walter Jones - They'll pay him his roster bonus ($400k) and then let him retire. It's the right thing to do. Big Walt's the best Seahawks that's ever worn green and blue.
Deion Branch - I was conflicted, but I think he'll stay a Hawk (without a restructure). He seemed to gain a bit of steam the end of last season, and with the likely departure of Nate Burleson, we'll need a #2. When healthy (many of you may be thinking 'if healthy'), Branch tends to play better than Burleson (my observation).
Thoughts? Likely outcomes? I'm not football expert, so if I'm dead wrong, please tell me why!