Seahawks Insider Blog

Morning links: Kerney still wants to play

Steve Wyche of reports that despite speculation of his possible retirement, Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney is determined to play next season.

Kerney is due $5.16 million if he plays under his current contract in 2010. At 33 years old, he’s needed offseason surgery after the last three seasons, including elbow surgery after the 2009 campaign.

His production also has slipped since a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2007, his first season in Seattle, with a total of 10 sacks over the past two seasons.

Money also could be an issue. If Kerney retired, he could possibly have to pay back $5 million in bonus money he received from Seattle.

Kerney says he does not know if he’ll have a role in Seattle, but plans on playing next season.

“I’ve got a couple good ones left in me. … Gonna be in sick shape,” Kerney told Wyche via text message.

ESPN’s Mike Sando discusses WR Deion Branch’s possible trade value after comments from Chicago Tribune NFL writer Dan Pompei on ESPN’s First Take, stating Seahawks GM John Schneider told him that Branch could fit into Seattle’s new offensive system under Jeremy Bates, and did not rule out a possible trade.

Greg Johns of catches up with new Seahawks addition Ricky Foley.

Chad Reuter of The Sports Xchange/CBS Sports provides a nice primer in anticipation of the NFL Scouting Combine.