We're back at it today with Seahawks practice this afternoon.
Someone you may have heard of, Percy Harvin, is expected at practice (at least, as of Monday) today for the first time in more than six weeks. Our Dave Boling with his thoughts on the Harvin melodrama that has played out this season:
Here’s what happens when rabid fans and inquisitive media get only vague updates: They get suspicious. They smell conspiracies. They fabricate scenarios.
Harvin was being intentionally kept under wraps until the playoffs. He would come back belatedly only because his contract makes that specifically beneficial. He’s a diva who is counting his signing bonus rather than working to earn it.
Rarely has there been so much speculation over a player with one catch and one kickoff return. Bottom line, the team won 13 games and earned the NFC’s top seed without him.
But there are huge expenses and opportunity costs to consider.
Harvin’s $12 million signing bonus is more than the combined 2013 base salaries for five of their Pro Bowl selections (Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Max Unger). And the Seahawks gave up a first- and seventh-round pick this spring and a third-rounder in the next draft for him.
Mostly, though, Harvin’s circumstances are compelling because of the possibilities he represents.
We'll see if Harvin is at then makes it through practice today.
I wrote about Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas being candidates for the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award. Whenever teammates play at such a high level, it can be a detriment to their chances for an individual postseason award. Plus, it's rare for a defensive back to win the award. Only 10 have since its inception in 1971.
From J.J. Watt to Robert Mathis, Robert Quinn and Luke Kuechly, there is plenty of competition for Sherman and Thomas.
> ESPN writes that saying every week is a "championship week" enables the Seahawks to play no different now that the playoffs are here.
> Seahawks and Sounders license plates go on sale today with the money going to a non-profit.
> Seahawks.com writes about Byron Maxwell's impact.
> PFT says the hiring of Lovie Smith could lead to Darrelle Revis being cut.
> Here's an overview of the playoffs from Peter King, who was named National Sportswriter of the Year for the third time and second consecutive year Wednesday.