The NFL entered its ‘dark period' this week with the conclusion of team minicamps. Have no fear, however, there is no dark period for Field Gulls! Let's look at this week's highlights, before the news get even more pointless than it already has been for the better part of four months.
There is a song on Kanye West's The Life of Pablo called Highlights. And, just like Field Gulls, he's always adding great new content. AND just like Field Gulls, HIGHLIGHTS REMAIN. Hiiiiiighhhlliiiiigghttttsssss..
Kenny has begun taking a look at the best Seahawks performances of 2015, starting with Russell Wilson against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Did you say two more articles written by Kenny? Okay! First, here's seven players other than Doug Baldwin needing a contract extension, and is Michael Bennett being unfairly paid?
Connor Worley asks the question we're all trying to forget sort of has to be asked: Is this finally the move that worksout for Justin Britt?
This needs way more attention than the 46 views it had when I watched it, but MARSHAWN LYNCH HELPS PUT A CAR INTO REVERSE!
Finally, 3000 NFL Mock Draft is back! Your friends Kenny and Rob are joined by Brent Taylor of SB Nation's Alabama football blog to talk Jarran Reed and all things ‘Bama. Brent crushes it as a guest, give it a listen.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll (who?) said this week he expects both Thomas Rawls and Jimmy Graham to be ready for week one. Surprisingly, Carroll added that he thinks Graham is a little ahead of Rawls at the moment.
Walter Thurmond III played on a beer league softball team under the name Dick Mahoney. Whoooo's got my back, Dick's got my back! Who's got that swag, Dick's got that swag! LOB!
Cecil Short Changed
Cecil Shorts III took a pay cut this week to stick with the Houston Texans. The former Jaguar is now expected to earn $1.2 million in 2016 instead of the $2.75 million he was set to be paid.
Former Cardinal Logan Thomas was claimed off of waivers this week by the New York Giants, after being released by the Miami Dolphins. Thomas has the notable career stat of being 1/9 for 81 yards and a touchdown.
The Cowboys announced this week that running back Darren McFadden will be out a couple of months after suffering an elbow injury diving to try to catch his falling phone. Reminder: McFadden was a top-5 pick before the rookie wage scale. Just let it drop, man.
Spoke too soon! While the initial belief was that Ravens receiver Breshad Perriman would miss all of 2016 with a torn ACL, the former first round pick is expected to play this year. Perriman underwent a stem cell injection from Dr. James Andrews and is expected to be cleared to play in 2016.
Andre Roberts has found a new home after being released by Washington earlier this offseason. The former Washington and Cardinals receiver signed a one-year deal in Detroit, who also brought in Anquan Boldin for a visit this week.
Just Fat Guy Stuff
The guy you know from that stupid Sandra Bullock movie and from being put on skates during Super Bowl 50 got paid! Yes, Michael Oher signed a three-year extension this week with the Panthers worth up to $21.6 million. As detestable as ol' Sandra is, this is a cool story for Oher.
After a trade with the Giants fell through, the Ravens released tackle Eugene Monroe on Wednesday. The move will save the Ravens $6.5 million in cap space in 2016.
NFL veteran Ben Grubbs may be forced into retirement at age 32 following a neck injury he suffered last October. Grubbs, a two-time Pro Bowler, hasn't played a down since the injury.
Lots of Money and Silly Stories
Fletcher Cox, wow. The Philadelphia Eagles and star defensive lineman Cox agreed to a monster six-year $103 million extension this week with $63 million guaranteed. Cox, who is set to take another step to superstardom this year, has more guaranteed money on his deal than both Russell Wilson and Cam Newton.
Reminder: Nothing you read or hear this time of year in relation to the NFL matters (unless it's on this site). Weeks ago, there were reports that safety Reshad Jones was willing to sit out the entire season in order to get a new deal. Well, guess what? He reported to minicamp this week. Wild!
From practice squad to funny remark or something. Former Jacksonville Jaguar Brandon Marshall signed a four-year extension with the Denver Broncos this week worth $32 million with $20 million in guarantees. Marshall famously began his time in Denver on the practice squad, only to be brought up to the active roster at Peyton Manning's recommendation.
Riverboat Straight Cash, Homie
Ron Rivera signed a contract extension this week that will keep him in Carolina through 2018. The three-year extension, worth $19.5 million, rewards Rivera for the two Coach of the Year awards he has collected during his time in Carolina.
The book is from 2003, but Jon Gruden's autobiography ‘Do You Love Football?!' is really great. You feel Gruden's trademark enthusiasm through the pages and it puts a smile on your face while being a nice brisk read.
This week's R&B podcast with Michael Robinson and Nate Burleson is a must listen. They have on LaMarr Woodley as a guest, and Mike Rob tells a really cool story about when the Seahawks acquired Percy Harvin.
That's it for this week! Happy Fathers Day to all, thank you for everything you do. Thanks for reading and I will talk to you next week when I make two or three stories stretch to 600 words. Gooooooooo Hawks!