Seahawks News and Rumors, Free Agency Open Thread 8/7

Still pretty quiet out there but a few things worth noting.

-- New York's Kevin Boss replacement, Ben Patrickdecided to retire suddenly, which leaves the Football Giants in need of a tight end. Cue John Carlson trade rumors.

-- Mike Sando reported, and Eric Williams confirmed, that Roy Lewis, Cameron Morrah, Colin Cole, and Deon Butler started training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the Seahawks. This means, per Williams, that they cannot play in preseason games until they pass a physical with the team.

-- Mike Robinson, per multiple sources, is up to 240 lbs, a 20 pound gain or so from last season. This should help him in lead blocking and hopefully help him stay healthier this season. I really, really like this development -- I like Michael Robinson as a versatile special teams guy and someone that can throw the ball occasionally out of the wildcat. Twenty extra pounds makes him that much better as a fullback. 

-- Free agent S Dashon Goldson is visiting the Patriots today, per Greg Bedard. John Clayton sparked rumors that he could or should be on the Hawks radar, but so far I haven't seen anything that suggests they are.

-- Ray Willis signed with the Dolphins. Sean Locklear signed with the Redskins.

-- Per Dan Pompei of the National Football Post, "The Seahawks did not get rid of Lofa Tatupu because they thought he could no longer play. They got rid of him because he no longer fit in their defense. Many believe Tatupu, at 6-0, 250, can only play middle linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. The Seahawks want to be more versatile with their front this year, and plan on morphing in and out of a three man front. Tatupu isn't the guy to do that with."

Interesting, if true. The Hawks are getting bigger on the defensive line, picking up Alan Branch, a 338 pound DT/DE, and retaining Junior Siavii, who, according to Pete Carroll, is up to 340 pounds coming into camp (from a 315 listing last season). Will be something to watch in preseason. 

Talk, discuss, confer, converse...

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