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.
Another relatively slow news days in the shire of the Seahawks gave rise to speculation, according to The Ringer’s Mike Lombardi via a tweet from NEPatriotsDraft.com’s Mike Loyko (via possibly the Trump administration?), that Seattle is open to the possibility of trading little known cornerback Richard Sherman. One might safely assume that Lombardi (or Loyko) had some time to kill today and decided to kick around some ideas. One idea might have been, “I hate the Seahawks and their fans. Let’s see what I can make them believe.”
Per @mlombardiNFL "I hear Seattle really would be open to moving Richard Sherman if the offer was serious."
— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) March 16, 2017
For the simple fun of it, we here at the Cover32 Seahawks site have some other ideas we wanted to…um…”break” about Sherman and other stuff (I ran that word by grammar expert and assistant editor Todd Vandenberg and he said “stuff” was ok to use once today).
First, Sherman, not former President Barack Obama, is solely responsible for “wire tapping” Trump Tower. Not to stop there, this “wire tapping” scheme was hashed out in a University of Stanford dorm room almost 10 years ago with Doug Baldwin. Jim Harbaugh showed them how to do such a thing. This was learned from Indianapolis Colts, and former Stanford quarterback, Andrew Luck (but not really).
Secondly, Tom Brady is going to retire halfway through the 2017 season after the New England Patriots trade for Kirk Cousins. I heard this from Late Night Parent’s star Ted Hicks. Ted is a New York Jets fan and has no inside information. Ted also says that Coach Bill Belichick will call the transition “a bloodless revolution.”
Lastly, in 1996 I saw Al Gore at an airport in Knoxville, Tennessee and he waved in my general direction. This of course means Tony Romo will be signed by Houston Texans this offseason.
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In other realer news (two things: 1) autocorrect did not change the spelling of “realer” – is that a realer word?; 2) Vandenberg said it was ok to use), free agent DeShawn Shead is getting serious interest from the Buffalo Bills. This mostly likely means some team will offer Shead enough money to leave Seattle. Much like T.J. Lang, this will be a business decision. The Seahawks did not tender Shead after his injury. While Seattle gave Shead his chance to be a starter, the Seahawks also let Shead go after his knee injury in the final game of the season. Shead may not feel much allegiance to Seattle after that, nor should he. Players in the N.F.L. get paid to play, of course, and they should go to places that pay them the most.
Budding star Frank Clark also tweeted out about an injury at some point and then removed the tweet. If all is true, he simply had his appendix removed and the injury is not football related. Clark should be just fine for the beginning of training camp.
As I stated, Thursday has been a slow news day in Seattle.
News around the N.F.L.
The Minnesota Vikings made themselves an instant Super Bowl favorite after signing free agent running back Latavius Murray. That may be an exaggeration, but Murray is a good player who should at least give the Vikings some stability on offense. His signing also means Adrian Peterson will definitely be finding a new home.
Speaking of Ted’s Jets, New York appears to be on the verge of signing former Dallas Cowboy Morris Claiborne. Claiborne will take the place of Darrelle Revis most likely. If Claiborne continues his maturation of last year, he will make Revis a distant memory in the minds of Jets fans. Though New York will still go 5-11. Plus, the Cowboys appear to have lost six starters from last year’s team.
Finally, tight end Jared Cook, who seems to be the type of player who would have fit in well in Seattle, will be signing with the Oakland Raiders. Cooks deal appears to be for two year and $12.2 million. There was no way Seattle was going to go that high to sign Cook.
Other notable words
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