Seahawks owner Paul Allen, taking time out from pulling relic warships off an ocean floor, puts the official stamp on the Jimmy Graham trade now being complete, with departed center Max Unger passing his physical with New Orleans:
Backup safety Jeron Johnson became the second Seahawks defensive back to sign with an NFC East team as an unrestricted free agent. announced in the very 2015 way -- on Twitter and Instagram -- he signed today with the Washington Redskins.
The deal is reportedly two years for $4 million, presumably with a chance to play defense more than he did with the Seahawks.
In his four seasons with Seattle after it signed him as a rookie free agent out of Boise State in the summer of 2011, Johnson played in 46 regular-season games on most special-teams units.
--NFL Network reporting ex-Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer is going to meet this week with the Seahawks. The free agent who had 12 sacks for Dallas in 2012 hasn't been the same since microfracture surgery in his knee before the 2013 season.
--Reserve defensive tackle Jesse Williams told his hometown newspaper in Brisbane, Australia, he has restructured his contract to return to the Seahawks for 2015.
"I'll be back in two or three weeks," the former Alabama tackle told The Courier Mail while in Australia.
Williams spent all of the 2013 and '14 seasons on injured reserve with a recurring knee injury but told the Australian paper "I'm all good now."
Getting something new out of a debuting fifth-round draft choice from two seasons ago would be an unexpected bonus along a defensive line that needs depth.
Or DID Williams tell his hometown paper that?
Tonight -- or tomorrow morning, in Australia, Williams tweeted this:
--The Seahawks are so needy there they have been linked with Dallas as interested in free-agent end Greg Hardy -- he of the possible six-game suspension at the start of next season, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King.
"Greg Hardy certainly is repelling his share of suitors," King writes in his latest MMQB online column. "As the GM of one team who told me Hardy 'is on our list, but pretty far down,' there are two distinct problems with taking him on: a) Teams believe there’s a good chance Hardy will be suspended for the first six games of the season because of the domestic-violence incident that caused him to be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list last year; b) the public battering the team would take would potentially be intense and distracting. I think he’d fit best—without regard to off-field stuff—in Dallas or pass-rush-desperate Atlanta, Tampa Bay, San Diego or Jacksonville. Which team can best take the heat?"
Hardy had 26 sacks for Carolina in the 2012 and '13 seasons, then spent last season on the Panthers' commissioner's exempt (in-trouble) list. Last year a judge convicted the 26-year-old Hardy of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend, but he asked for a jury trial. The case was dismissed when his accuser could not be located to testify.
--Chris Borland retires after one, rookie season as 49ers starting middle LB.
This really is remarkable. And chilling on how real the affects and fear of head trauma and brain injuries are in the NFL — and in football, in general. Wow.