I'm told defensive end Michael Bennett and outside linebacker Bruce Irvin are present and inside Seahawks headquarters today, the start of the team's only mandatory minicamp of the offseason.
Bennett and Irvin had skipped voluntary organized team activities and workouts this spring. Bennett wants a raise above the four-year, $28.5 million contract he signed before last season. Irvin isn't happy Seattle decided to not exercise his $7.8 million contract option for 2016, meaning the $1,663,935 he'll earn for the coming '15 season is the final one of his rookie contract.
Coach Pete Carroll has said the team wants Irvin back beyond this season -- assuredly with an extension that counts far less than that $7.8 million annually against its salary cap -- and that Irvin knows Seattle's plans and interest.
Today is only kind of the start of minicamp. The NFL docked the Seahawks two of what was supposed to be three days on the field for this week and fined them $300,000 after it deemed the team was too physical in offseason workouts in 2014.
No definitive word if Marshawn Lynch was present today, but if he was that would be unusual for what has been the star running back's usual offseason of staying away from team HQ until training camp begins. He signed a two-year contract extension in March that gave him $5 million more guaranteed this year, so he could afford fines that could top $70,000 for missing this mandatory minicamp.
Another Seahawks present this week for the minicamp: Tarvaris Jackson. The team today made official what became known last week, that the veteran backup quarterback and 2011 starter before Russell Wilson arrived has a contract to return in 2015.
Oh, by the way, look who I saw today at Chambers Bay while covering the second practice round before the U.S. Open:
A graduate from Trufant's Wilson High during the 1960s walked up to him on a fan path along the 13th fairway this afternoon and introduced himself.
"Tacoma, baby!" Trufant replied excitedly.
When he made it up the hill just below the decks of the hospitality tents along the north edge of the course, some well-lubricated fans began chanting "SEA! HAWKS!" and "Let's go Cougs!"