With Nate Burleson now headed to Detroit, expect the Brandon Marshall to Seattle talk to heat up. Burleson’s departure opens up a spot for Marshall to slide into the starting lineup if the Seahawks choose to bring him in.
There are the obvious ties in Seattle, with offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, who previously worked with Marshall in Denver, now in charge of the Seahawks’ offense, along with former Bronco coaches Jedd Fisch and Pat McPherson in the fold.
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that there’s a strong rumor the Seahawks are taking a long look at Brandon Marshall.
The Seahawks brass have some serious soul searching to do before they make a decision to potentially give up a first rounder to bring in someone like Marshall, who has had his share of off-the-field issues. But at 25-years-old, Marshall is one of the top receivers in the league, and a change of scenery might be the thing he needs to help get his life in order.
Bates had said during his interview with reporters that they would be a change at the X or split end position. I initially thought that meant Houshmandzadeh was moving to split end, or X, but perhaps he meant that the team was going to bring in someone like Marshall or draft someone to play split end.
I’m happy for Burleson. He's a good guy who has done a lot for the local community. And the way he returned from ACL knee surgery a year ago was pretty amazing. But looking at the five-year, $25 million contract he received from the Lions, with $11 million guaranteed, there’s no way Seattle was going to match that for a No. 2 receiver based on what they already are paying T.J. Houshmandzadeh and all of the other needs on the roster.
Burleson had a high of 68 receptions, 1,006 yards and nine touchdowns in 2004 with Minnesota, but has yet to match those numbers since.
MJD of the Yahoo Sports agrees. He believes Detroit overpaid to get Burleson.
Greg Bedaard of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Seahawks have not had contact with Green Bay free agent Aaron Kampman or his agent., although Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Kampman’s agent may already be working a deal with Seattle.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com suggests that Seattle offensive guard Rob Sims could generate an offer sheet in the restricted free agent market because it only takes a fourth rounder to get him as compensation.
Former Seahawk FB Leonard Weaver signed a three-year, $10 million deal with Philadelphia.
The Chicago Bears, with head coach Lovie Smith and GM Jerry Angelo on the hot seat, have been one of the more active teams during the first hours of free agency, signing TE Brandon Manumaleuna and scheduling DE Julius Peppers and RB Chester Taylor in for visits.
According to his agent, Peppers will visit the Bears and perhaps two other teams if things don’t go well in Chicago.