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Morning links: Kerney retiring?

According to Mike Florio of, Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney held a retirement party last week. I’ve had a couple sources confirm that the event took place, but so far the Seahawks or Kerney have not announced any plans of his retirement.

Although it makes sense that Kerney might be calling it quits. He’s 33 years old and is due to make $5.16 million in 2010. He had elbow surgery at season’s end, the third straight season he needed surgery at the end of the year.

Kerney only had five sacks in 2009, but he’s had an impressive, 11-year career, including two Pro Bowls and one appearance on the All-Pro team. With 82.5 sacks, Kerney is 45th on the all-time sacks list.

With an impressive week at the Senior Bowl, Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson (5-10, 190) has garnered more attention and raised his stature heading into Saturday’s game in Mobile, Ala.

Wilson has great speed and good quickness, along with good ball skills, making him one of the top cover corners in the draft. The question for Wilson will be how physical he can play from the corner position and how well he tackles on Saturday.

Wilson also has his own traveling billboard, an RV decked out in Boise State colors with his picture on the side, driven to every Broncos home game this season by his brothers. Check out the video here.

Seattle struggled defending the pass in 2009. Part of that had to do with Marcus Trufant not fully recovering from a lingering back injury that hampered his ability to cover at an elite level.

The Seahawks also struggled in consistently getting to the quarterback, so they might not think cornerback is a priority in the first couple rounds of the draft.

Another corner who has looked good this week is California’s Syd’Quan Thompson (5-9, 182) Unlike Wilson, who probably runs a 4.3-4.4 40-yard dash time, Thompson is a mid 4.5s guy who plays physical at the corner spot and might be more of a zone corner guy.

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network points to Ole Miss running back/returner Dexter McCluster as someone who is moving up the draft board.

Rob Rang of lists Oregon running back LaGarratte Blunt as someone who has improved their stock this week. Blunt, who has work in the zone blocking scheme at Oregon, could be the one-cut bruising runner Seattle could use in short yardage situations.

Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger has the franchise and transition tag numbers for 2010.

The only two people for Seattle I think might be possible candidates are wide receiver Nate Burleson and kicker Olindo Mare.

The franchise tag for receivers is $9.52 million, which would be a considerable raise over Burleson’s salary of $3.25 million in 2009.

The franchise tag for kickers is $2.81 million. Mare made $1.5 million in 2009.

USC assistant Kris Richard becomes the sixth Trojans assistant to join Pete Carroll’s staff in Seattle. Richard, who was draft by Seattle in 2000 and played six years in the league, will become the assistant defensive backs coach.

Former Seahawks quarterback coach Bill Lazor has been hired as the University of Virginia’s offensive coordinator.