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Morning links: Schneider ready to deal

[caption id="attachment_10450" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="In the team's draft room, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider consults with head coach Pete Carroll as the team's braintrust including senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan contemplates trade scenarios in the second round. (ROD MAR/SEATTLE SEAHAWKS)"] [/caption]

Dave Boling of The News Tribune weighs in on Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider getting an itchy trigger finger as the NFL season appears on the brink of starting up in the next, few weeks.

Schneider and Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, responsible for making 284 roster transactions last season, have had to wait patiently for the last, four months since April’s draft in order to implement the rest of their plan to revamp this year’s roster.

But the duo should get an opportunity to become active again on Monday, the tentatively scheduled date for teams to begin signing undrafted rookie free agents and their own free agents.

Boling: “We can only imagine what degree of torment the NFL work stoppage has been for Seahawks GM John Schneider, who spent his first year with the team averaging nearly a deal a day.

“After some 280 transactions, Schneider was forced to go cold turkey when the NFL collective bargaining agreement expired in March.

“It will be interesting to discover if he developed coping mechanisms: brokering deals for neighborhood Little League teams, trying to squeeze extra bread sticks out of the pizza delivery guy. Maybe he’s been pulling night shifts as a phone solicitor.”

Clare Farnsworth of provides a meaty feature on one of the best players in franchise history in strong safety Kenny Easley, a no-brainer for the 35th anniversary team.

ESPN’s John Clayton says that New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora could be interested in joining Seattle via trade.

Take a look at Seahawks Stadium’s new paint job, with the CenturyLink logo here.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer makes a case for the Eagles to keep Kevin Kolb.

According to Pro Football Weekly, the Seahawks may not be willing to bring back defensive end Raheem Brock and safety Jordan Babineaux unless it’s at the right price.

According to this study, the Seattle Seahawks are the 77th hardest team major sports team to support out of 122 major sports franchises. The Seattle Mariners were 27th. The Washington Nationals were the hardest team to support according to the study, and the Los Angeles Lakers were the easiest.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic offers this season preview Cardinals in anticipation of the opening of training camp.