Dan Pompei of The National Football Post declares the Seahawks as one of the winners in free agency. Pompei: “With the trade acquisition of Percy Harvin and the free agent pickup of Cliff Avril, the argument can be made that John Schneider added the most dynamic offensive player and the most dynamic defensive player who switched teams this offseason. Avril and former Buc Michael Bennett, in conjunction with second year man Bruce Irvin, will make the Seahawks’ pass rush considerably better on nickel with Bennett presumably shifting inside. The Seahawks should be a significantly improved team in 2013.”
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated also gives Seattle the award for best contracts negotiated during free agency, signing defensive end Cliff Avril to a two-year, $15 million deal, and Michael Bennett to a one-year, $5 million deal. Burke: “Was every other team asleep at the wheel here? Avril, arguably the premier free agent available this year, at $7.5 million per season was one thing. But Bennett on a deal that looks befitting a player trying to prove himself after injury? The Seahawks obviously do not have an endless supply of available money under the cap, but consider the contracts of some of their most important players: Russell Wilson (cap hit of $681,000 in 2013), Bobby Wagner ($979K) and Richard Sherman ($601K), for example (all numbers courtesy overthecap.com). Those deals allow them to go after short-term solutions like the two pass rushers in a win-now attempt. Eventually, Seattle will have to pay up to keep those players. But Avril and Bennett will be off the books by the end of 2014.”
Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News also gives the Hawks kudos for the team’s moves in free agency.
Here’s my story from today. The proactive management of the salary cap allowed them to make game-changing moves in free agency.
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ESPN’s John Clayton talked with Seahawks general manager John Schneider about the team’s moves in free agency in this audio link.
Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that after Seattle’s moves in free agency, “crazy good things are possible” for the Seahawks this year.
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times also writes that this week’s moves in free agency has fanned the flames of great expectations for the Seahawks in 2013.
Adam Caplan of Fox Sports reports that Seahawks free agent offensive tackle Frank Omiyale is expected to visit Carolina this weekend.
Sally Jenkins and Rick Maese of the Washington Post partner on an in-depth report on the different standards folks in the medical profession use on NFL athletes because of the pressure to get them back on the field. “In a 2002 academic paper, 28 NFL physicians reported administering Toradol every game day, injecting up to 35 players per club. Though NFL doctors say use has declined in recent years, several current and recently retired players said the drug continues to be administered freely — and the NFL Physicians Society felt compelled to issue guidelines on its usage last season. “It is not a legitimate thing to offer a player on a weekly basis without a proper indication,” said Andrew Bishop, an orthopedist who for 11 years was the Atlanta Falcons’ team physician.”
You can check out West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith’s Pro Day workout in the video below.