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 Monday, along with some links to read more.
Offensive lineman T.J. Lang ended up signing with the Detroit Lions this weekend. Lang stated he was “99 percent” sure he was about to sign with the Seahawks prior to having his offer upped by the Lions. Lang said on 97.1 FM in Detroit that “it was a business decision” to sign with the Lions. John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle said Seattle offered Lang $8 million per year. The Lions offered more. Lang stayed closer to home. One should not blame the Seahawks for trying.
The issue for Seattle fans is that the Seahawks appear to be trying, yet not succeeding. So far, the Seahawks have signed lineman Luke Joeckel and kicker Blair Walsh. Seattle has brought in several players, among them several aging running backs. 12s have watched other players sign with other, and mostly lesser, teams. This can lead to frustration.
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Here is some kool-aid-style positivity. Maybe the Seahawks brass knows what it is doing. Maybe general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll see the big picture better than fans do. Possibly the young offensive line of 2016 will turn into a mature and cohesive one in 2017. Could be that George Fant – the Fant who had not been a starter on any line since he played tackle for Sinn Fein in 1928 – is going to become an undisputed great at his position. He could learn to play the Seahawks Way. Maybe Germain Ifedi and Rees Odhiambo get entrenched as starters for the Seahawks for 10 years. Justin Britt goes from alternate Pro Bowl center to six-year All-Pro. This could all happen. One has to have faith. Plus, the players need to evolve as expected.
It could be that where the Seahawks truly only need help is in the secondary. There will be no experienced depth at safety behind the starters most likely. The corner opposite Richard Sherman is unknown. Logically, Seattle should take a talented player who plays safety or corner with their first pick the draft. For instance, how good would Budda Baker fit?
The point of all this is that Seahawks fans need not overreact to whom the team does not get in free agency. This is the same team that (most likely) would have had one more win last season had Earl Thomas been healthy. Add that one win and Seattle has home field advantage until at least the Atlanta Falcons playoff game. If Seattle had a healthy Tyler Lockett and Thomas against the Falcons at CenturyLink, anything could have been possible.
The Seahawks had an extremely inexperienced offensive line in 2016. One can only assume that unit will be better in 2017. Lockett and Thomas will return, and so will running back C.J. Prosise. The Seahawks could very easily be better in 2017. Being better might mean the Seahawks are good enough to get back to the Super Bowl.
News around the N.F.L.
The Denver Broncos’ DeMarcus Ware announced his retirement on Monday. Ware will finish with the eighth most sacks in N.F.L. history at 138.5. He made nine Pro Bowls in 12 seasons. Ware should be a first ballot Hall of Famer. ESPN has more on Ware from Jeff Legwold.
Other notable words
Bill Barnwell of ESPN gives the Seahawks the grade of D for signing Joeckel.
Derek Lewis of 247 Sports writes more on Seattle meeting with running back Adrian Peterson this week.