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Morning links: Let the housecleaning begin

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Our Seahawks coverage for today centers on the main tasks the Seahawks need to focus on heading into the offseason.

They include: hiring a new general manager; deciding the future of head coach Jim Mora; determining which players they will pursue in free agency and evaluating how they will use their first-round draft picks, which include a No. 6 and No. 14 selection in the opening round of the draft come April.

My story today provides a more detailed look at those major decisions.

Walter Jones also talked for the first time in two months on Tuesday, saying he would like to try and come back for one more season, but that it would be up to the organization to decide his fate.

Ryan Divish talked to quarterback Matt Hasselbeck about how he’s dealing with the first real questions of whether or not he will return to Seattle.

And Dave Boling talked to players on Sunday about their expectations for a new general manager, which appears to just be making sure the checks don’t bounce on the first and the 15th of the month. I think I would feel the same way in their position. They have no real control over any of that stuff anyway.

The Regina Leader-Post is reporting that Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan is close to re-signing with the team.

According to the report, Ryan will sign a six-year deal worth $9.1 million, including a $1.6 million signing bonus.

“It really is a big moment in my life,” Ryan told the Leader-Post. “It’s something I’ve been working toward for a very long time. Now that I’ve realized that, it’s something that’s going to take a while to set in.”

The fourth-year pro averaged 46.2 yards a punt this season, good enough for sixth overall in the league. Ryan also placed 28 punts inside the 20 this season, and was named a Pro Bowl alternate along with kicker Olindo Mare.

I’ve got calls out to Ryan’s agent, Gil Scott, but haven’t heard back from him yet. And there’s been no official word from the organization on the potential of a deal.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports that the Seahawks are reaching out to different team to ask for permission to talk to potential candidates.

More Florio: He takes another shot at T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

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