This is the time of year when National Football League fans deal with a bit of what is real, but is not, and a lot of nonsense, yet could happen. A few of these are important to Seattle Seahawks followers. Here are a few for Thursday, along with some links to read more.
The Seahawks made a move to upgrade their offensive line by signing free agent Luke Joeckel, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars. With the signing, Seattle at least adds experience along the line. Joeckel could replace George Fant or he could play guard and Germain Ifedi could move outside. How line coach Tom Cable will use Joeckel is still to be seen. Read more about the Joeckel signing here.
Seattle is entertaining several free agents today and tomorrow. Among them are running backs Eddie Lacy and Latavius Murray. Both Lacy and Murray are bigger backs that would fit Seattle well. The issue with Lacy is that he does not seem to be able to maintain his weight well, and last year suffered an ankle injury that limited him to six games.
Murray has size and durability. The potential problem with Murray is that he has been used so much in the Oakland Raiders system. Murray has 535 touches in the last two seasons. While still only 27 years old, Murray appears to grind out yards instead of showing bursts of speed. That the Raiders are willing to let Murray go may be telling.
Seattle is also rumored to have interest in Jamaal Charles. Charles was great in 2014. Since then, not so much. Charles, in fact, was so great prior to the last two years that just memory alone makes N.F.L. teams interested in him. Charles has missed most of the past two years with injury. Whether Charles has anything left at this point is not known. If Seattle could bring him in at an extremely discounted rate is intriguing, though, due to Charles’ ability to catch and run. At least, he could do those things the last time he played a full season. In 1845.
Whatever happens at the running back position, even if nothing happens, Seattle appears to not have extreme confidence in the group currently on the roster, either as far as production or stamina.
Seattle will also take a peek at guard T.J. Lang, formerly of the Green Bay Packers. Lang made the Pro Bowl last season. For the majority of the starts in his career, Lang has played right guard. This is position Ifedi played in 2016. Lang has also played left guard quite a bit as well. If Seattle were to bring Lang on, the Seahawks might be looking to move Ifedi or Mark Glowinski to a different position. Potentially a Seahawks line could look like Joeckel (left tackle), Lang (left guard), Justin Britt (center), Ifedi (right guard) and unknown (but maybe Gary Gilliam, right tackle).
News around the N.F.L.
Former Seahawk Russell Okung will not be coming to Seattle as some expected. Instead, Okung, acting as his own agent, signed with the San Diego Chargers for four years and $53 million.
Quarterback Tony Romo is now expected to be traded instead of released. Shockingly, the Houston Texans traded future Hall of Famer Brock Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns. (That last sentence appears sarcastic, and while the “Hall of Famer” part was, the trade still occurred.) This trade opens up the possibility that the Texans will bring in Romo as quarterback. Having a healthy Romo at the helm would instantly improve the Texans. Having an unhealthy Romo means the team is no worse off. Osweiler was terrible.
Other notable words
Sadly for many Seahawks fans, kicker Steven Hauschka signed with the Buffalo Bills. Stephen Cohen of Seattle PI writes about Hauschka’s leaving.
The great Dayna O’Gorman at 12th Man Rising talks about Michael Bennett’s latest charity work. Bennett 2020 anyone?