Jeff Fedotin of the National Football Post provides a bit of an update on former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu. Fedotin reports that, according to a source, Tatupu is healthy and looking for employment after sitting out the 2011 season.
Tatupu asked for his release from Seattle after refusing to take a pay cut at the beginning of training camp. Tatupu was due to make $4.35 million in 2011. Part of the reason Tatupu did not stay with Seattle is because there was no guarantee he would make the final roster, and the Seahawks had an able replacement for Tatupu in David Hawthorne.
Tatupu had surgery on both knees in January of last year, and there was some concern within the organization if he would hold up through the 2011 season. Now, after sitting out a full season, Tatupu appears healthy and ready to resume a productive NFL career at the age of 29, with free agency set to begin March 13.
Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press updates us on former Seattle Seahawk defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy and his prospects of making it in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. The voting takes place on Saturday.
Vittorio Tafor of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Raiders have named former Seattle offensive coordinator Greg Knapp as the team’s new offensive coordinator.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post offers an interesting read on the problem with the Pro Bowl and how “whisper crews” can create issues with first-time Pro Bowlers for their perspective teams.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has Seattle selecting Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still at No. 12 in his latest mock draft.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated has Seattle selecting South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram in his first mock draft of 2012.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated says that former Seahawks’ receiver Deion Branch is relishing his role in this year’s Super Bowl as one of the “old guys.”
Paul Valencia of the Vancouver Columbian writes that receiver Jonathan Warner, the son of legendary Seattle running back Curt Warner, accepted a scholarship to attend his dad’s alma mater Penn State.