Seattle Seahawks officials are ready for the NFL to give them the green light and dive head first into free agency once the players sign off on the new CBA.
As I write in my story today, a Seahawks’ contingent led by owner Paul Allen and CEO Peter McLoughlin attended the meeting in Atlanta. The team’s group of front office personnel executives will meet with NFL officials during a seminar today in order to explain to them the rules of the new CBA, including the rookie wage scale and free agency.
And general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll stayed in Seattle, ready to get to work once the lockout is lifted. However, that still could be a couple days off, as players did not vote on the deal on Thursday. It appears players still have an issue with some of the smaller things included in the contract that they feel were not negotiated by both parties.
Here’s what soon-to-be Seahawks’ free agent Brandon Mebane had to say:
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“I have mixed feelings about it. I’m anxious to get it resolved, but you also have to get it right. It’s like when you buy a car, you have to read over the papers so if you get into a lease agreement, you know what you’re signing.
“But as far as my personal situation, it’s a blessing. I really would like to know where I stand as a free agent and what’s going to happen.”
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortenson, it looks like the players could vote on the agreement today.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post provides an excellent breakdown of the new, proposed CBA.
ESPN’s John Clayton backs off of earlier predictions that Matt Hasselbeck will return to Seattle. He also throws another name into the hat as a possibility for Seattle to go after – Minnesota quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. It makes some sense. Jackson knows the system, having played for Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell while in Minnesota. And he’s still young at 28 years old.
Ray Ratto writing for CBS Sports scolds the owners for their power play on Thursday, saying fans aren’t as stupid as they think.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has shown good leadership during the four-month-long process of the lockout.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look back at the franchise’s 1979 team. Steve Largent went to the Pro Bowl and the Seahawks posted a 9-7 record by winning five of the their last six games.
ESPN’s Mike Sando says if he was commissioner for the day he’d level the playing field by eliminating 10 a.m. start times for West Coast teams traveling to the East Coast.
Matt Williamson of Scouts. Inc takes a team-by-team look at free agency issues.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com provides a list of the top 20 undrafted rookie free agents.
This should make you smile: A photo of Seahawks’ grounds crew lining the field at VMAC in anticipation of training camp starting.