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Morning links: Hawks' salary cap analysis

You need ESPN Insider privileges to view this: Salary cap analyst J.I. Halsell takes a look at the salary cap issues of NFC West teams here. It’s definitely worth a look.

Halsell calculates Seattle’s total team payroll at $138,180,488, with $16,099,693 in dead money. Seattle has the highest payroll number among NFC West teams, which is not a good thing for a team looking to rebuild.

Cornerback Marcus Trufant has the team’s top salary cap number at $11,633,332. Halsell says Deion Branch ($8.07 million) is the player who has to live up to his salary cap number.

More Halsell: He explains why no first- round picks have signed to this point in this video link.

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts were the only two teams at offensive guard Chester Pitts workout on Tuesday and Arizona.

However, Pitts’ agent Andrew Kessler said his client has visits scheduled with two other teams next week. Even though Seattle is set at guard with Ben Hamilton and Max Unger, with all of the injuries the team has experienced at offensive line that last two years, if they could get Pitts at a reasonable price I think they should do it. He’s still only 31-years old, and if he’s healthy Pitts could help them for a few more years. There’s no guarantee Hamilton, who will be 33 next month, will hold up beyond this season.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll tells Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore of ESPN 710 Seattle that he will not pursue free agent receiver Terrell Owens. Carroll also talks about the emergence of Red Bryant during OTA’s and the running back situation. It’s worth a listen if you have 15 minutes.

ESPN’s Mike Sando previews the NFC West heading into training camp. He puts WR Deion Branch on the hot seat for the Seahawks.

If you haven’t heard already, the Seahawks decided to increase season tickets by 1,000 to 62,000, providing an opportunity for those on the wait list to purchase season tickets.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports ranks Seattle’s secondary 30th overall. This is no surprise based on the group’s performance last season, but I do think the lack of a consistent pass rush up front and Marcus Trufant’s health issues played al role in this group’s overall performance.

The National Football Post ranks Seattle 11th among NFL franchises.

Clifton Brown of the Sporting News ranks Seattle 21st in his first NFL rankings just days before training camp begins for a few teams. That sounds about right.

Surprise! No Seahawk makes this list of the top 20 running backs in the league by Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News.

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network discusses how head coaches in the league develop a game plan over the offseason, paring down from thousands of plays to the 60 or so you ultimately see on game day.

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