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 Friday, along with some links to read more.
So…a little bit happened today. Cornerback DeShawn Shead and tight end Luke Willson resigned with the Seahawks. Marshawn Lynch may or may not be trying to get with the Oakland Raiders. Linebacker Arthur Brown signed in Seattle. Depeche Mode’s fourteenth studio album, Spirit, was also released and is excellent.
First, the Seahawks signed Shead. This was a day after Shead met with the Buffalo Bills. If the Seahawks had tendered Shead as a restricted free agent they would have got him for only about $750 thousand next year. Shead signed today for $1 million guaranteed and potentially $1.5 million. One might wonder that if the Seahawks wanted Shead quite a bit to begin with why would they have allowed him to be released into unrestricted free agency. Doing so cost the team between $250 and $750 thousand dollars potentially. Still, Shead is a good fit in the Seahawks system when healthy. The other question is when he will be healthy as he was injured in the playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons and is not expected to return until the second half of 2017. Short-and-long term, however, the answer to the Seahawks’ secondary questions probably lie with a player – or players – in this year’s draft.
Willson also re-signed today. Willson’s agreement is for one year and up to $3 million. Willson may have to prove his worth to the team this season as Jimmy Graham will be a free agent next offseason, and Nick Vannett is under his rookie contract. Plus, this tight end draft class is loaded. Like the secondary issue, the long-term answer to tight end in Seattle may come from a player being drafted in 2017.
Willson does deserve some kind of reward for delivering this tweet about his return to Seattle, though…
Lots of speculation today. Big announcement here…. pic.twitter.com/uI7N2ImV4n
— Luke Willson (@LWillson_82) March 17, 2017
Arthur Brown’s signing is a bit more discombobulating. Brown since 2013 has played with three teams. He has 20 total tackles in four years. Or basically the amount that Bobby Wagner has in any given half of a game. Brown will be playing for a job prior to the season starting.
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So, yeah…Marshawn Lynch, multiple reports state, has asked for his release from the Seahawks. Assumedly he wants to play for his home town team the Raiders. Maybe this is true and maybe it is not. The questions are…
First, if the Raiders move to Las Vegas they are no longer Lynch’s home town team. Lynch is a smart guy. He knows that the Raiders want to move. Maybe he does want to leave to the Raiders and just expand his commercial footprint to Las Vegas with his BeastMode business.
Secondly, what does have Lynch have left and is he in shape. The answer to this question remains unknown.
One way to look at it is, if Lynch does sign with another team and plays, he is the one who chose to retire. Seattle did not retire Lynch. Are the Seahawks better off with backs Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and Eddie Lacy? Based on Lynch’s final season with Seattle the answer is yes.
By the way and no joking around, the new Depeche Mode is excellent. The album is mature and full of great melody and simply Depeche Mode-ish-ness. I recommend several listens.
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Todd McShay of ESPN has the Seahawks picking a punter in the first round. That is not true, but his mock drafts are always interesting reads.