Dave Boling of The News Tribune provides some perspective on the inevitable lockout the NFL appears headed for at 9 p.m. Pacific time today when the current CBA expires, with the owners and players apparently unwilling to budge on a new CBA. For the Seahawks, the deadline represents a final day to get a deal done with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck before he becomes a free agent.
“That he’s 35 and has been injured a great deal creates limits on his contract value to the team in terms of years and dollars. From his perspective, it may make better business sense to enter the open market – whenever that might happen.
“Seahawk management has conceded that the quarterback issue is absolutely fundamental to the franchise’s future. If there were conviction that Hasselbeck’s being retained is the best option, it seems that a deal would have been struck by now.
“But without a labor deal in place, no one will have a clue where the Hawks stand relative to the most important position on the field.
At least for a while.”
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports says if there is a lockout, look for the CBA battle to drag out in court.
Ray Ratto of CBS Sports has an interesting take on the NFL labor situation. It’s worth a read if you’re looking for a chuckle this morning.
My story from today offers some perspective from Seahawks players on the likelihood of a lookout, along with their contingency plans and Seattle’s free agent priorities.
Howard Balzer of the SportsXchange reports that the Seahawks released quarterback Nate Davis. Perhaps this is a sign that they like this year’s QB class.
Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network reports that Hasselbeck rejected Seattle’s latest offer.
Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network has the Seahawks taking Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson in his first mock draft as insurance against with Red Bryant returning from injury.