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 Wednesday, along with some links to read more.
A fairly light day of Seahawks news so far as possibly 12s need a day to recover from the signing of running back Eddie Lacy. Cornerback Neiko Thorpe did re-sign with Seattle on Tuesday as well, but the expectation should not be that he replaces DeShawn Shead. Thorpe may actually be evolving into the role that Ricardo Lockette had with the Seahawks, as gunner on special teams.
Most likely, the answer to whomever plays opposite Richard Sherman will come through the N.F.L. draft instead of free agency or a player currently on the roster. This is a positive in the fact that there is serious talent in the secondary among possible draftees. In fact, one could assume that the Seahawks will draft more than one player for their secondary.
Seattle is looking at several free agents this week, though. Bradley McDougald, safety and formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will visit this week. If signed, he appears to be simply a provider of depth instead of filling a starting role. Running back Jamaal Charles is also scheduled to visit, though the Seahawks signing him and Lacy seems implausible and needless.
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The New England Patriots continue to do things in an effort to win another Super Bowl before Tom Brady and Bill Belichick retire and the Patriots return to football Hell. In their latest move, New England re-signed linebacker Dont’a Hightower. The contract will be worth $43 million over four years, $19 million of which is guaranteed. Among inside linebackers Hightower’s contract is the second richest with only the Carolina Panthers Luke Kuechly making more. Still, Seahawks fans all know, Bobby Wagner is better than either of them.
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Derek Lewis of Seahawks 247 has more on the exact breakdown of Eddie Lacy’s Seahawks contract.
The awesome Gregg Bell of The News Tribune writes about Earl Thomas’s recovery from injury.
Seahawks.com has head coach Pete Carroll discussing the signings of Lacy and lineman Luke Joeckel.