Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links For Wednesday

Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, links, info, interviews, analysis, and more! Wow. Some day yesterday was. Wonder what today will bring. Here's what's going on around the league:

Where will Hasselbeck land? | National Football PostAccording to Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times, the Seahawks will not re-sign quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. While that brings up some interesting questions about the future of the position for Pete Carroll’s squad in Seattle, where does that put the veteran QB for 2011?

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: 3 QBs Enter, 1 QB Leaves!: "Sounds like shit. What else we gonna do, go home?" - Lt. Aldo Raine

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Episode 1 "Lockout Ends" - Seahawks Hard Knocks With WR Chris CarterEPISODE I - "Lockout Ends" Monday, July 25th, 2011 6PM Chris started his Monday like any other day during the lockout. He was working out at the University of Washington's practice facility when he got a call from Seahawks WR coach Kippy Brown. Brown told him to report to the VMAC tomorrow morning where he will get his playbook. Come Wednesday, he will be assigned a roommate and move into a hotel for the duration of camp. That will end an arrangement where he has been staying with a fried of a friend of the family in Bellevue during the lockout. Getting creative about housing allowed Carter to work out with other Seahawks players like Matt Hasselbeck and John Carlson for the entire lockout.

Hasselbeck’s personal legacy | Seahawks InsiderMost of us who do this job are pretty good about maintaining objectivity in the course of work, but a lot of us in the media are going to be sad to see Hasselbeck depart. He was a first-class guy from Day One. He was also one of the toughest guys they’ve had. In the locker room after games, his body often was absolutely tattooed with bruises. You’d ask him about something and he’d say he hadn’t noticed. It might come out after the season that it was a broken rib or something. He played like that all the time. And that was the heart of his leadership of the Seahawks. Teammates surely noticed it when he came back on the field at Arizona last season and finished the second half with a broken wrist.

Seahawks Blog | Update on DT Brandon Mebane | Seattle Times NewspaperThat's not a guarantee anything will get done, but clearly Mebane is a priority and his hope is to remain with the Seahawks.

12th Man reacts to departure of QB Matt Hasselbeck - Blog Postings - MyNorthwest.comFor the first time in a decade, the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks will not have the name "Hasselbeck" on the back of his uniform. The Seahawks have decided not to re-sign free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck after head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider called the 13th-year quarterback to say "they're moving on."

Thoughts on Jackson, Leinart, Whitehurst - NFC West Blog - ESPNThe Seattle Seahawks will apparently have five quarterbacks on their roster heading into training camp. Five equals zero for the time being because none of those quarterbacks has proven he can win or keep a starting job in the NFL. The future is not quite now for Seattle, but newcomers Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Leinart will join Charlie Whitehurst in helping the Seahawks get to theirs. The team's agreements with Jackson and Leinart create a muddled short-term picture at the position for Seattle. Matt Hasselbeck, who will not return, has been replaced by committee. A few quick thoughts on the Seahawks' veteran players at the position:

Thirty Acre Fortress - A Seahawks Blog: Undrafted FA List (Updating)OL - Harvard: Osborne needs to put on some weight before stepping into Cable's system, but he's a mean sunuvabitch so he's got that part of Cable's world down pat. Good signing to develop over the next year or two. He is 6'5" 295 lbs.

Thirty Acre Fortress - A Seahawks Blog: More UDFA signings (updating)Doug Baldwin, Stanford WR/KR - It's clear to me that the Seahawks are looking to find a solution for punt returns and maybe more. Baldwin is small, but had 58 catches for 857 yards today. 

Bill Barnwell's NFL free-agency preview - GrantlandFIVE UNDERRATED PLAYERS Matt Leinart was benched for a Hall of Fame quarterback and waived last year by a coaching staff that actually believes in the professional viability of Derek Anderson as a starting quarterback. There's no guarantee that Leinart's ever going to show the form that made him the 10th overall pick in 2006, but he's more deserving of another shot than, say, Kyle Boller.

Matt Hasselbeck leaving Seattle Seahawks; Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Leinart agree, sources say - ESPNThe Seattle Seahawks agreed to deals with Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Leinart following the news that free-agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will not return to Seattle this season, multiple sources told ESPN.

Four down territory: On the brink of Free Agency2nd Down – Jay Richardson was released last preseason mostly because of an injury. He started 22 games and accumulated 82 tackles, seven sacks, a safety, and a pass deflection in his three years with the Raiders. After a playoff run with the Seahawks last year, what are the odds that Jay Richardson plays for the Raiders in 2011? BA's Take: Richardson came into the 2010 camps with the intention of starting and for all intents and purposes, he very well could have if he had not been injured. Here's a guy who was a third round draft choice and was developing nicely, I thought. I was a bit shocked to learn that he had been cut from the final roster to be honest, especially since he claimed he'd be ready for the season opener. But again, it is a business and if you have 53 other guys who are healthy, you have to make some tough choices. That said, if the Raiders find themselves in need of a defensive end, I don't think they will hesitate to call Richardson. Dizzle's Take: That is an intriguing possibility. He would be a solid backup at the defensive end spot. The Raiders have two fantastic starters in Matt Shaughnessy and Lamarr Houston but they are in need of depth behind those two. I think Richardson returning to the Raiders is very much in the realm of possibility. There are certainly worse options out there and many more expensive options as well.

Two area tight ends — Travis, Miller — sign with NFL teams - Canton, OH - CantonRep.com: "It’s what I’ve been waiting for all this time," Travis said Tuesday before heading to Seattle to join the Seahawks training camp. "I was going to the Indians game last night and I got a call," the 6-3, 245-pounder added. "We talked for 10 minutes, I’m driving, just trying not to swallow my tongue." Tuesday was the first day the NFL could sign undrafted free agents following Monday’s end to the lockout. Travis, who played at Tuslaw High School and West Liberty University, elected to sign with Seattle.

Matt Hasselbeck leaving Seattle Seahawks; Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Leinart agree, sources say - ESPNThe Seattle Seahawks agreed to deals with Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Leinart following the news that free-agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will not return to Seattle this season, multiple sources told ESPN.

Tarvaris Jackson? What Seattle's thinking - NFC West Blog - ESPNThe Seattle Seahawks will not ask Tarvaris Jackson to replace what Matt Hasselbeck has represented for the past 10 seasons. That wouldn't be very logical. If the Seahawks are smart, they'll ask Jackson to compete with Charlie Whitehurst (and others) as the organization searches for its next long-term starter behind center. And that will be the point: searching for the next quarterback.

Hawks announce undrafted rookie free agent class | Seahawks InsiderThe Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon they have signed 19 undrafted rookie free agents, bringing their roster to 73 players heading into the beginning of training camp this weekend.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Charlie Whitehurst Approaching this Year as the Seahawks Starting QuarterbackFor six years, Charlie Whitehurst has waited for his opportunity to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. 2011 might finally be his year. After being buried behind Philip Rivers in San Diego, Whitehurst was traded to Seattle last season and took snaps in meaningful games for the first time in his career. While the results were very much mixed, he was the starting quarterback for their final game of the season that led the Seahawks back to the playoffs and to a division title. It would be wise for the Seahawks to bring back Matt Hasselbeck, but circumstances might make it tough to do so. Hasselbeck is a free agent and there are not too many QB’s on the open market that boast the kind of resume that he does. The departure of one of the best QB’s in the history of the franchise could open the door for Whitehurst to get the opportunity he has waited his entire career for.

Sidney Rice - Minnesota Vikings - 2011 Player Profile - Rotoworld.comNFL Network's Jason LaCanfora reports the Seahawks are "making a play" for free agent WR Sidney Rice. Seattle has deep pockets and a fairly desperate need for a legit No. 1 receiver. They also have an in with Rice, as new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell coached him the past few years. From a fantasy perspective, it's hard to envision a scenario worse than catching passes from Tarvaris Jackson in Seattle.

An inside look at NFL cut day | National Football PostI was cut three times during my seven-year NFL career. That means pack your gear, clean out your locker and call the moving truck—because it is time to start over again. ICON The Ravens will cut a core group of veteran players, including TE Todd Heap. And despite all the high fives we are giving out for the agreement between the NFLPA and the owners to end the NFL lockout, there will be plenty of veteran players that will hit the street later this week.

Freddie Brown - Minnesota Vikings - 2011 Player Profile - Rotoworld.comVikings informed WR Freddie Brown of his impending release. The former Utah star was signed to a reserve/future contract in January after spending the 2010 season on the practice squad. He'll land in another camp, but will be a longshot to earn a roster spot.

Seahawks? Who doesn't like a 6'4 receiver with ties to our coaching staff?

Ten impactful UDFA signings thus far - CBSSports.comDE Pierre Allen -- Seahawks: Allen was viewed as a 4th-5th round pick by NFLDraftScout.com for much of the pre-draft process, but a nagging hamstring injury kept him from running prior to the draft. As such, he slipped into free agency. Seattle has a myriad of needs, but few loom larger than along the defensive line. Allen could be the crown jewel of what appears to be one of the better free agent classes in the league.

Just in: NFC West rookie pool allotments - NFC West Blog - ESPNSeattle Seahawks: $4,933,606. This includes nearly $1.39 million for first-round choice James Carpenter. The total is about $27.1 million over the lives of the contracts, including about $7.6 million for Carpenter.

Bengals making the right decision with Palmer? | National Football Post: According to a report from Joe Reedy over at Cincinnati.com , Bengals owner Mike Brown has announced that he will stand firm on his stance towards Carson Palmer, stating the QB will not be traded. And when a NFL owner says, "I wish him well and he has retired," I wouldn’t expect to see Palmer landing anywhere else in the league. However, is this the right move for the future of this ballclub? Let’s take a look at it from two different aspects…

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Seahawks UDFA TrackerQB Josh Portis, Cal Portis has all the tools of an NFL quarterback and all the red flags that typically prevent QB's from succeeding in the NFL. Size and arm strength are there, as well as rare straight-line speed that allows him to salvage broken plays. Workable accuracy, but nothing eye-catching. Played in a simplified offense and will face the usual learning curve with progressions and reads, as well as questions about decision-making and difficult throws. Apparently tends to stare down his receivers.

Source: Barry Cofield, Redskins agreeThe Washington Redskins reached an agreement with the Giants starting defensive tackle on a six-year deal early Wednesday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Reportedly the deal is $36m, $12.5m guaranteed. Mebane should get something similar if we want to keep him. Also, what's with the Redskins and signing 4-3 players to player 3-4? - Vas


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