A lot can happen when you're traveling in the hinterlands of Northwest Canada. Thanks to Dave Boling and Ryan Divish for picking up the slack while I was on my sojourn to pick up our family's new dog. It's a black Russian terrier for those who have been asking (my wife's selection, not mine), and her name is Bahee (again, not our choice of name, but we're keeping it). She's a good looking dog, and hopefully she'll make herself at home here in Tacoma.
Seattle's trade with Detroit obviously changes the personnel landscape of the Seahawks. Seattle gets $4.6 million in cap relief by trading a player they believe is on the downside of his productivity in Peterson, and get a serviceable role player back in defensive tackle Cory Redding, along with the fifth round draft choice they lost to the Denver Broncos in the Keary Colbert trade. The fifth rounder is an even better selection than their own pick would have been, because Detroit picks first in every round.
Peterson's salary was due to jump from $3.5 million in 2008 to $6.5 million in 2009, and Seattle apparently balked at paying that much for Peterson's services, who turns 31 in July and still plays at a reasonably high level. However, Peterson's strength is rushing the passer, and the Seahawks apparently want Hill to fill that role next season.
The Seahawks fill out the linebackers corps by re-signing D.D. Lewis and Lance Laury. They can now use Hill as more of a rusher from the linebacker position and find a fill in on the weak side to replace Hill.
All of you wishing for Aaron Curry to fall to the No. 4 position for Seattle, I wouldn't hold your breath. I think Curry's too talented of a player to fall to four. Several draft experts have him rated as the best player overall in the draft, and I don't see him getting past Kansas City at No. 3. However, weirder things have happened, and anything is possible.
The Seahawks have a private workout scheduled with Curry on March 26.
Seattle now has six linebackers signed in Hill, Lofa Tatupu, Lewis, Laury, Will Herring and David Hawthorne. They likely need another starting-caliber backer, and Derrick Brooks is available if they can get him for a good price. If not, Lewis or Herring could capably fill in at that starting role. Both did so last year without much drop off when Hill and Tatupu were hurt.
The TNT's Dave Boling provides details on the trade here.
And the TNT's John McGrath says Seattle president and general manager Tim Ruskell could find a replacement for Peterson later in the draft, similar to the diamonds in the rough he found in Tatupu and Hill.
Steve Wyche of NFL.com discusses the possible draft implications of Seattle's trade with Detroit.
The Peterson trade from Detroit's perspective.
Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry says he's excited about Detroit's trade for Peterson.
According to ProFootballTalk, the Detroit trade with Seattle reeks of a bad move made by the same old Lions.
Fox Sports Alex Marvez reports that Redding restructured his seven-year, $49 million contract to make the deal work.
Seattle cornerback Josh Wilson says he's a changed man after his trip to Iraq.
Leonard Weaver's agent, Harold Lewis, says four or five teams remain interested in Weaver's services.
Seattle offensive lineman Rob Sims talks to KJR's Ian Furness in this audio link.
The Denver Broncos re-sign ex-Seahawks tight end Jeb Putzier.
San Francisco 49ers
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that offensive tackle Jonas Jennings, wide receiver Isaac Bruce and safety Mark Roman will not attend the team's upcoming minicamp. The 49ers have given Roman permission to seek a trade.
Kevin Lynch of Niners Insider reports that Torry Holt may be coming in to visit San Francisco.
Cleveland free agent running back Jason Wright visits the Cardinals, reports Darren Urban of azcardinals.com.
St. Louis Rams
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reviews the Rams secondary situation after making some moves in free agency.
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says receiver Torry Holt will be missed.