ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas speculates that Tampa Bay could be interested in former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu.
The Bucs let veteran Barrett Rudd go in free agency, and have inexperienced options for his replacement, including UW rookie Mason Foster.
The Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles also are relying on less experienced guys to man the middle, and could be looking for a veteran alternative inside.
In my story today I have reaction from players on Tatupu’s release, including veteran Marcus Trufant. The Tacoma native had been considered by some team observers as a possible target for Seattle’s front office in terms of a pay reduction because of the amount of money he makes and his recent struggles on the field, but the team has not asked Trufant to restructure his contract.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes the gritty Tatupu deserved a proper send off, imaging a Viking burial on the shore of Lake Washington at the team’s headquarters for the veteran linebacker.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has a great read on Tatupu, someone he considered a friend. It’s a good example of why Tatupu was well-liked by fans and reporters who covered the team.
John Boyle of The Everett Herald notes that the Seahawks have only 16 players left from the team Pete Carroll and John Schneider inherited when they took over two years ago.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers some notes from the first day of padded practice at training camp on Sunday.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes the Seahawks anointing Tarvaris Jackson the starter before he takes a snap is a signal that the team does not have a long-term answer at quarterback and will draft one high next year.
Michael Wright of ESPN Chicago has comments from Chris Spencer on joining the Bears.
ESPN’s Mike Sando offers his thoughts on Tatupu’s release.