I didn't have a chance to do this on Saturday with everything going on, but here's a few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks first day of the draft as we begin Day 2.
The Aaron Curry pick was certainly the news on Saturday, but the Seahawks rescinding the franchise tag designated to linebacker Leroy Hill was a jolt to the system late in the day.
It makes sense financially, because I believe it gives Seattle some salary cap flexibility to sign its rookie players. And the selection of Curry gives the Seahawks some leverage in negotiations, should the team want to move in another direction.
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So you have to wonder if Hill, now an unrestricted free agent, will be back or not. If Seattle decides Hill's price is too rich, maybe they let him sign with a new team and bring Derrick Brooks to play weak side backer and help groom Curry. The other factor is will other teams have enough cash to meet Hill's salary demands, or will he be stuck taking the Seahawks' best offer.
If Hill does sign with another team, Seattle could get a decent compensatory pick next year in return, but that's not a given.
I'm not sure of the Seahawks salary cap situation, but I imagine with all the moves made in free agency that they may not have much room left, which could be the reason for lifting the tag from Hill. It will be interesting to see how things progress from here.
ESPN's Mike Sando thinks the move might be premature.
Seattle may select a running back today. But head coach Jim Mora said on Saturday that he is happy with the current situation at running back, and believes that Julius Jones, T.J. Duckett and Justin Forsett can get the job done next year.
"I like Julius," Mora said. "I have a history with T.J. Duckett, which was a successful history. He was a successful back for us in this scheme at Atlanta. We signed Julius as a free agent last year.
"I thought that was a real good move for us, and I haven't come off that. I like the guy, and I think he's a good back, and I think this is the right scheme for him. I feel like we can win with those three guys. I do. We have a good fullback. We have a nice running scheme, and they all three fit into it very well."
Mora had this to say about how Curry will fit in defensively.
"He fits very, very well. He fits perfectly with what we want to do. We are a 4-3 team, but we play a lot of over defense, which means that we play with three linebackers off the ball. And this is a guy that can run, and is very good in pass coverage.
"We believe that he has the ability to be a very effective blitzer, as well. Which is different than a pass rusher; a lot was made that he's not a pass rusher, but he's an excellent blitzer. So we will utilize him in that way. Very smart. He hold the record, I think, for interceptions for touchdowns by a linebacker. He sees the game well. He understands his position well. He's a complete football player."
Check out this link for an explanation of the 4-3 over defense.
Also, former Seahawks quarterback Travis Lulay signed a two-year deal with the B.C. Lions, according to this report.