UPDATE: Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun is reporting free-agent cornerback Cary Williams, last of Philadelphia, has chosen to sign with the Seahawks. We'll see what actually gets announced tomorrow after 1 p.m., when the league year begins and free agency officially "starts" -- as if it hasn't already.
Just confirmed the Seahawks have tendered qualifying contracts for 2015 to exclusive-rights free agents wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and defensive back DeShawn Shead. They did not tender a contract to wide receiver and punt returner Bryan Walters, making the native of Kirkland an unrestricted free agent tomorrow.
The team also brought back restricted free-agent Mike Morgan with a contract for 2015, as they did the other day with defensive lineman Greg Scruggs. Morgan has been with Pete Carroll since they were player and coach at USC.
Seattle made Morgan's signing and the already-known ones of tight end Anthony McCoy and veteran cornerback Will Blackmon, released last month by Jacksonville, official in this release a few minutes ago:
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As it currently stands, below are the team's departures and free agents. The market is supposed to officially open for signings at 1 p.m. tomorrow -- though there have been more leaks of signings ahead of that than were in the hull of the Titanic:
- Bryon Maxwell, CB: $50 million? $25M guaranteed? Eagles can have him at that crazy price.
- Zach Miller, TE: Starter’s contract terminated Friday after failed physical.
- Jesse Williams, DT: Aussie backup waived after missing all of last season on IR.
- Garrett Scott, T: Deep backup waived Friday.
- James Carpenter, G: If team wanted inconsistent 2011 No. 1 pick back it’d have re-signed him already.
- Kevin Williams, DT: 12-year vet a revelation after Mebane injured in November.
- Lemuel Jeanpierre, C-G: Injured last summer, then re-signed before Patrick Lewis beat him out as backup center.
- Jeron Johnson, S: May stay because of depth issues among DBs.
- Malcolm Smith, LB: Fast fall from Super Bowl MVP to bench in nine months.
- O’Brien Schofield, DE: Summer pass-rush star didn’t do it last fall, winter.
- Will Tukuafu, FB: Coaches like him. Could return to pave more lanes for Lynch.
Other UFAs: Miller,LB Heath Farwell, QB Tarvaris Jackson, LS Clint Gresham, DT Demarcus Dobbs, G-C Steve Schilling, TE Tony Moeaki, DT Landon Cohen, DT D’Anthony Smith, WR-PR Bryan Walters.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
Seattle has right to first tender contract, then match any other offers:
- Jermaine Kearse, WR: 2nd-round tender worth $2,356,000 means he’s staying.
Other RFA:WR David Gilreath
EXCLUSIVE-RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
Now that they've been tendered qualifying offers, must accept to play in 2015:
- Ricardo Lockette, WR: More for his value as a special-teams ace -- not target at WR with Super Bowl on the line.
- DeShawn Shead, S: Value to SEA may have gone up with injuries in secondary.