In what will only surprise those who believe everything they read and hear, the Seahawks did not make a deal before the league's deadline for trades arrived this afternoon at 1 p.m. Seattle time.
The only roster moves: Seattle waived wide receiver Phil Bates and tight end Brett Brackett, likely in hopes of getting one or both on to its practice squad if no other team claims them before 1 p.m. tomorrow (waivers last 24 hours). The team signed Brackett last week and Bates off its practice squad on Saturday. Brackett played one snap at tight end on Sunday at Carolina. Bates had three snaps at wide receiver and three more on special teams.
The league's official transactions wire does not list any corresponding additions, so the Seahawks currently have two open spots on their active roster.
But all that time and breath spent on the destinations of Marshawn Lynch, Vincent Jackson, Chris Clemons and, heck, Horton Hears a Who over the last 48 hours -- wasted. The Seahawks will for now mostly go with what they have for the final nine games of the regular season.
Coach Pete Carroll hinted as much yesterday.
"I like the guys in our spots. We’re very familiar, very comfortable with how we’re using the receivers and fitting guys in with the rotations and all that," Carroll said, referring specifically to the offense the last two games since the trade of Percy Harvin to the New York Jets. "So we just have to keep growing and see if we can continue to catch on here."
But the doesn't mean the Seahawks aren't doing anything today.
In fact, they are doing something far more uplifting and appreciated than a player trade.
They are hosting the Marysville-Pilchuck High School football team for a practice at the NFL team's Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, four days after the shootings by a freshman in the school's cafeteria that killed three students, including the gunman, and wounded two others in the city north of Seattle and Everett.
Marysville-Pilchuck has a playoff game this weekend. It was to play Oak Harbor last Friday for its conference championship. After the game was cancelled Oak Harbor offered to forfeit
the game and give the league title to Marysville-Pilchuck. The move attracted national acclaim for sportsmanship and compassion. Now both teams are preparing for a playoff game this weekend.
Sunday in Charlotte, N.C., the Panthers had all of Bank of America Stadium and both the Seahawks and Panthers stand for a moment of silence to remember the Marysville-Pilchuck shootings. The gesture was the Panthers' idea; the team informed the Seahawks Saturday night it was adding a couple minutes into the pregame schedule immediately before the National Anthem to commemorate the tragedy.
The Seahawks were preparing to practice Friday morning and then fly to North Carolina for Sunday's game when the shootings occurred.
"It’s the most challenging occurrence there that rocks everybody," Carroll said. "We all feel it in the state and I’m sure that everyone feels it around the country; within minutes it was on CNN and so everyone in the world knows that something had happened. It’s amazing, another event in the cycle of things that have been happening.
"So our hearts just open immediately to try and help in any way that we can. And when they’re faced with an opportunity by a playoff situation and the other school decides to forfeit the game -- what an extraordinary gesture. I think it’s a gesture in every direction and understanding the compassion that it’s good to be recognized. We hope that we can do everything that we can in our fan support. You feel so helpless, but we wish that we could do something to ease the pain of all the people that have been troubled."
Here is what today at the VMAC looked like through the Twitter account of one visitor: