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 Tuesday, along with some links to read more.
The Seahawks added to their offensive backfield on Tuesday by signing former Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy. (Cover32 Seahawks’ Todd Vandenberg will have more on Lacy later today.) Lacy signed in Seattle for one year and $5.55 million. Lacy is a big and physical back. While Thomas Rawls has been mostly productive when healthy in his career and C.J. Prosise showed promise in his rookie season (again, when healthy), neither is as physical and as big as Marshawn Lynch.
And let us be honest, Seattle misses Lynch in his prime. Lynch made the offensive line look better. Lynch ran with an intimidating style. Lynch was the perfect back to not only fit the Seahawks’ scheme; he had the perfect mentality for the team overall. Lynch embodied offensively what the defense did to opposing teams.
The question becomes whether Lacy is a big and imposing back – he is bigger than Lynch ever was – or is he simply a large one? No one would have doubted Lynch’s drive to be in shape and be Beast Mode. Lacy has had issues maintaining weight since before he came into the league. For Lacy to be successful in Seattle, he will need to go into training camp healthy and within the weight expected of him.
cover32 Exclusive:: Watch this one-on-one interview with the combine’s fastest prospect John Ross
Trivia Blitz Reveal: How did you stack up in Friday’s free agency quiz.
The Seahawks are still entertaining Jamaal Charles tomorrow, though signing him and Lacy seems impractical. Adrian Peterson would also be a surprise addition in Seattle.
The Seahawks on Tuesday are taking a look at tight end Jared Cook, also formerly of the Packers. Some question why the Seahawks are getting a visit from Cook when the Seahawks have Jimmy Graham on the roster as well as young tight end Nick Vannett. An answer may be that Vannett did not do wonders in his first season and Cook can block decently. As good as Graham is catching the ball, Cook is still a better blocker. Cook’s only issues with blocking seem to be more with being motivated to do so than in his ability.
Also, is Cook a better overall option than free agent Luke Willson? Yes. Willson could not block well and was inconsistent receiving.
Seattle also is bringing in several different players who have played safety or corner in the N.F.L. Two players who played safety for Seattle recently, Steven Terrell and Kelcie McCray, are free agents. That Seattle has not made an immediate attempt to re-sign them may say a lot about what the Seahawks think of their long-term abilities. The Legion of Boom depth will be different next season, either through free agency or through the draft. This much is fact
News around the N.F.L.
Safety Malcolm Butler is still a free agent. Butler has excellent talent and seemed to fit well with the New England Patriots, but may simply want too much money from New England. Some team most likely will give him more money than even he thought possible and he will not be with the Patriots in 2017. Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports that Butler will visit the New Orleans Saints on Thursday. Butler would seem to fit in New Orleans well. Based on what the Saints have done with trades and drafts and free agency lately, however, the Saints are sure to mess this up.
The Arizona Cardinals signed former first-round pick Jarvis Jones to a contract. The Cardinals who seem to be aging at key positions, remain fairly youthful at linebacker. Bringing in Jones to most likely be a backup to Chandler Jones and Markus Golden seems wise. Now if only the rest of the defense did not average 63 years old at each position.
Other notable words
Cameron DaSilva writes about what Lacy’s signing in Seattle means for Peterson.
Larry Stone of the Seattle Times writes about what Cameron Dollar’s termination at Seattle University might mean for Lorenzo Romar and the University of Washington.