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Morning links: Hawks fueling Kolb speculation?

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated says the Seattle Seahawks are not necessarily playing down their interest in Philadelphia reserve quarterback Kevin Kolb.

The Eagles reportedly already have received an offer of a first round pick for Kolb’s services, and speculation has it that team is Seattle.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was asked about his team’s interest in Kolb during the NFL owners meeting this week, and did not flatly deny that there was any truth to the speculation that Seattle was interested in Kolb, leading Banks to believe that the Seahawks are the leader in the clubhouse.

“It’s good that people think that,” Carroll told reporters, of the rumors linking No. 25 Seattle to Kolb. “Because every opportunity that’s available, we investigate. We want to (take) every opportunity, and that’s one that’s been out there. They’ve said he’s a guy they would possibly move. So those kind of discussions, it doesn’t matter where it’s coming from, we’re trying to be privy to all of it. We just want to know what’s going on.”

“Anybody who comes through Andy’s program has been through a great system, with great coaching and leadership and direction and all of that,” Carroll went on to say. “And that adds to the value of the player, rather than (getting) a guy who’s coming fresh out of college.”

Seahawks kick returner Leon Washington tells Brock Huard and Mike Salk of ESPN 710 Seattle in this audio link that he doesn’t like the changes to kickoffs approved by league owners this week.

The proposal moves the kickoff up five yards from the 30 to the 35 yard line, and only allows kickoff coverage guys to line up five yards behind the kickoff line.

“I was telling my dad the other day,” he said, “it just looks like there’s going to be a bunch of 109-yard kickoff returns because I plan on coming out of the end zone if that takes place.”

ESPN’s Mike Sando reports on why the playoff re-seeding movement died so quietly this year.

Former Seahawk Leonard Weaver makes the unfortunate choice of agreeing with Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, saying that players want equal treatment from the owners and are tired of being treated like slaves.

Check out the video below.

I understand the rhetoric players are attempting to create with their message, but they really need some history teachers to address them and explain to them the meaning of slavery in this country and the emotions they invoke when they use this word. And maybe a slap upside the head from someone like Tony Dungy would help, and then perhaps they will stop this idiotic behavior. I’m embarrassed and ashamed for both Weaver and Peterson.

Weaver later apologized this morning on Twitter.

“Now, that I have seen it, I will say that it was hard for me to watch and after thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I represented my family, friends and organization the wrong way. I’m sorry for those words I used and if I offend anyone, please forgive me,” he said. “To all my fans whom I’ve disappointed I’m sorry.”

Georgia linebacker Justin Houston has a scheduled visit with Seattle. He could play the Leo position like fellow Georgia product Chris Clemons. Houston is 6-3, 267 pounds and ran a 4.57 40-yard dash during his pro day.

Gary Meyers of the New York Daily News reports that former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan has cancer.

Jack Becta of the National Football Post weighs on the influence the media has on the draft. It’s very little, according to Becta, an NFL agent, and I agree with him.