Hey folks, I had computer issues on Saturday so I didn't get a chance to post some tidbits from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider's conversation with Seattle-area reporters who cover the team.
I wrote a story on that conversation for today's paper, which you can check out here. And I'll post the full transcript later today.
But here's a few tidbits.
*Both Carroll and Schneider said signing Olindo Mare to the franchise tag tender of $2.8 million was a no-brainer based on the lucrative deal the Oakland Raiders gave Sebastian Janikowski.
* The Seahawks have spoken to wide receiver Nate Burleson, who will become an unrestricted free agent next week, and remain interested in bringing him back.
* Carroll will continue to emphasis speed and athleticism over girth and sheer size in rebuilding the team, particularly on defense as they try to get better on the edges to develop a better pass rush.
* The Seahawks still believe Deion Branch can play, and he fits in the new offensive system. But they are willing to listen to any trade proposals. And according to several reporters we've talked to here, there appears to be legitimate interest in Branch from other teams in the league like the New England Patriots. With teams like Denver, Kansas City and Cleveland running similar systems to the Patriots, New England may be willing to give up a late-round pick to secure his services before Seattle potentially releases him next week, as long as Branch is willing to restructure his contract. Branch has a history with QB Tom Brady, and he would give New England some security with Wes Welker coming off of ACL surgery. Plus Branch still has two years on his deal.
*Carroll said getting a quarterback for the future will be a focus of this year's draft and future drafts. Carroll said he's happy to have a quarterback like Matt Hasselbeck in the fold, but the team can't afford to ignore an important position like quarterback, and will look to make sure they are solid there each season.