With Michael Bennett re-signed, wide receiver Golden Tate is seemingly next on the Seahawks' priority list. Will he, as Bennett did, take slightly less money to come back to Seattle? Will he need to?
Our Dave Boling says Bennett signing signals one of the biggest turns of the franchise since Pete Carroll arrived: Players actually want to stick in and come to Seattle. From Boling:
Remember when Seattle sports franchises — remote and chronically mediocre, or worse — had to pay surcharges to attract free-agent athletes?
Bidding was skewed in favor of almost every other team in the league because so few actually wanted to come all the way out here.
Now, they’re leaving money on the table for the chance to be a Seahawk.
We're of course expecting more action today when free agency officially starts at 1 p.m. The first piece of news should be the official re-signing of tight end Anthony McCoy. It will likely be a one-year deal for McCoy, who tore his Achilles in May of 2013. McCoy's return likely means unrestricted free agent Kellen Davis won't be back, but I don't think it will have much, if any, influence on Zach Miller's status.
> Danny O'Neil writes that Bennett's deal shows the Seahawks reward their own.
> Here's Bennett on 710 ESPN yesterday:> Peter King says he wouldn't be surprised if Golden Tate ended up in Jacksonville.
> The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting San Francisco safety Donte Whitner will sign with the Browns.
> USA Today says DE Michael Johnson is signing with the Bucs.
> Fran Tarkenton with his thoughts on Johnny Manziel.
> Adam Vinatieri is going to play two more seasons and they are expected to be with the Colts.