The Seattle Seahawks are one of a handful of teams seriously going after future of Hall of Famer Peyton Manning’s services.
But how do they get him to consider relocating to the Pacific Northwest?
That’s the issue I tackle in today’s story, offering some selling points for the Seahawks.
Money should not be an issue for Seattle. According cap specialist Brian McIntyre of Football Outsiders, the Seahawks have over $30 million in projected salary cap heading into the new league year, so they have plenty of room to bring Manning into the fold, depending on how high his price tag escalates.
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The Seahawks also have an impressive running game led by newly signed running back Marshawn Lynch, so Manning would not have to carry the load offensively.
Offensive line coach Tom Cable has done a nice job of creating a productive offensive line that’s solid in pass protection and run blocking.
Russell Okung is coming off a torn pectoral muscle that ended his 2011 season, but when healthy provides Manning with a talented left tackle to protect his blindside.
And the Seahawks have underrated talent at receiver, including a true No. 1 receiver when healthy in Sidney Rice, a talented slot receiver in Doug Baldwin, and emerging talents on the outside in Golden Tate, Ben Obomanu, Deon Butler and Ricardo Lockette.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that four-time league MVP Peyton Manning hitting free agency is an historic moment for the NFL.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes if Manning is healthy, then the Seahawks should roll out the red carpet.
ESPN’s John Clayton details the team’s with cap space to go after Manning.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post believes that Seattle is one of the realistic landing spots for Manning.
Kerry Byrne of Sports Illustrated says buyer beware for those going after Maning. Byrne says Manning’s stats have steadily declined since 2004.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com lists Seattle as No. 4 in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.
In my story on Marcus Trufant’s release, former teammate Brandon Mebane had this to say about the Tacoma native: “Trufant is a good dude. He was one of the leaders on this team, and he’s going to be missed. He’s very positive. And whatever locker room or whatever team he goes to, players are going to truly like him, and be glad that he’s a part of their team.”
Eric Williams of The Tacoma News Tribune and Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times discuss Seattle’s quarterback situation and Peyton Manning with KJR’s Ian Furness and Jason Puckett in this audio link.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Seattle selecting Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill in his latest mock draft. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.