Day one of free agency is nearly in the books; here’s your primer to get caught up on the comings and goings of the Seattle Seahawks.
– The biggest splash of course came yesterday when the Seahawks re-signed Michael Bennett to a four-year, $28.5 million deal. General manager John Schneider had stated that re-signing Bennett was a top priority for the team, so this was a big deal. He came close to joining his brother Martellus on the Chicago Bears but ultimately his love for Seattle, the Seahawks organization, and the fans won out.
– Tight end Anthony Mccoy was re-signed, making Zach Miller’s position that much more precarious.
– Unfortunately there haven’t been any other official signings at this time. My thinking is that Schneider is now focused on extending both Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas to long-term deals, and that may take a while.
– O’Brien Schofield signed with the New York Giants on a two-year, eight million contract. This is not a terrible blow to the ‘Hawks because their depth at linebacker is among the best in the NFL.
– Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald also left, signing a $12 million, four year deal to play for Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This one stung a bit as McDonald was a huge bargain for the Seahawks in 2013 with 5.5 sacks and 35 tackles. It isn’t much of a surprise though as it was highly unlikely Seattle could afford to keep both McDonald and Bennett.
– Golden Tate is visiting with the Detroit Lions, where he would fit in nicely as Matt Stafford’s number two target.
– Jermichael Finley is meeting with and getting serious interest from the Seahawks and may be signed if he can pass a physical.
– Walter Thurmond is visting with the Jaguars, who seem intent on signing as many Seahawks as they can.
UPDATED RUMORS & SIGNINGS:
– Offensive tackle and penalty machine Breno Giacomini is visiting with the New York Jets
– The 49ers have signed Jonathan Martin and Blaine Gabbert. Heh. Hehe.
– Meanwhile, the Seahawks are considering Jared Allen of the Vikings and the Cowboys’ Jason Hatcher
We’ll have more as it develops. Stay tuned.