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Which Seahawks Will Rush for a 1000 Yards?

Justin Forsett

Justin Forsett/ Sleeper Pick

Justin Forsett:
Forsett was one of very few pleasant surprises for the Seahawks last year and stood out in contrast to under-performing Julius Jones.Forsett has a chance to battle Leon Washington for the starting RB spot. Forsett has shown he can be a dynamic force, but now he has to convince a new coach of his value to the team. Once he carves out his niche, he should see plenty of action and has a legitimate chance to claim the number one role.

Leon Washington:
Washington is an interesting addition. The Seahawks took a risk in trading for Washington, given the severity of the leg injury that shortened his 2009 season and had many thinking his career was over. Healthy, Washington is a versatile playmaker who would be a welcome addition to the Seattle backfield mix, but there’s no guarantee he’ll ever return to form. He suffered a compound leg fracture — that’s where the bone actually breaks through the skin — against the Raiders last year; breaking both his tibia and his fibula. He’s running already and has a few months to get back into form. Playing with a metal rod in his leg, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be the same force he was before the injury.

Julius Jones:
Still not an ideal feature back. Unfortunately, that role won’t include much scoring. Jones split playing time fairly evenly with Forsett last season,will likely look to split the backfield duties 60/40 with Forsett doing most of the heavy lifting and Jones playing the Warrick Dunn role. Jones will have a decent chance to crack 1,000 yards rushing this season, but don’t expect more than a handful of touchdowns.

So weighing in what Seahawks running back will rush for a thousands yards Justin Forsett.

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Did Seahawks really win the contract with Okung?

Show me the Money!!!!

If the reported contract numbers and Pete Carroll are telling the truth, the Seahawks won the six-day game of chicken against Russell Okung’s agent.

Okung’s deal has been reported as a six-year contract worth up to $58 million, with about $30 million guaranteed.

If it is indeed a straight six-year deal, with no option for Okung to void the sixth year, the Seahawks definitely won—getting the left tackle for six years at a slightly below-market average of $5 million per year in guaranteed money.

And, if that’s the case, there’s no way this should have dragged on a week into camp.

“This could have been done sooner,” Carroll told reporters. “We stood very strong. I really think (General Manager) John (Schneider) did a great job of hanging in there and holding the line where we wanted to.”

The holdup was first thought to be length of deal, with agent Peter Schaffer understandably wanting five years.

Then came informed speculation that Schaffer wanted Okung to be paid a premium for a sixth year and/or be paid more than safety Eric Berry, who was drafted one spot ahead of Okung.

But, on the surface, it does not appear he got any of that.

The only way this deal makes sense for Schaffer and Okung is if the sixth year is voidable based on Okung’s performance.

Otherwise, the Seahawks got Okung for the amount of time they wanted and for less guaranteed money than they should have had to pay.

No. 4 pick Trent Williams, also an offensive tackle, and No. 5 pick Berry each signed six-year deals worth $60 million. No. 7 pick Joe Haden, a cornerback, got $50 million over five years. So, Okung’s $9.67 million per season in the overall deal is perfectly in the ballpark.

But, as with all NFL contracts, the overall value is really just for show. In the NFL, it’s all about guaranteed money. Players usually get that money within the first three years through various bonuses; but, for slotting purposes, the best way to compare guaranteed money is to break it down by year.

Williams received $36.75 million in guarantees, an average of about $6.1 million per year, while Berry got $34 million, an average of $5.67 million. Haden received $26 million, or $5.2 million per year. All fall into proper slotting order.

However, if Okung’s $30 million over six years is correct, Schaffer certainly did not get the sixth-year premium he allegedly was looking for, because Okung’s guaranteed cash averages $5 million per year—less than Haden’s.

If the sixth year can be voided, the guaranteed money would break down to about $6 million per year—which would achieve Schaffer’s reported goal of surpassing Berry’s contract. But, according to Carroll, it doesn’t sound like Schneider gave in on that.

It’s quite possible that Schaffer was concerned only with the total values, getting bonus money between Haden’s $26 million and Berry’s $34 million in a deal that averaged about $10 million per year in the total package.

But if that’s all he wanted, there’s absolutely no way this should have gone on as long as it did.

The complete details will trickle out eventually, and then we’ll all know what the holdup was and be better able to judge this deal.

In the meantime, the Seahawks’ offensive line just got better than it has been in three years.

Seattle Seahawks Have Interest In Aaron Schobel

Call it a long shot with the love fest between free agent defensive end Aaron Schobel and the Houston Texans going down, but the possibility remains.

In an interview on the John Clayton show, Seahawks GM John Schneider said that the team would “absolutely” have interest in the pass rusher who represents the second best overall player who has been available on the open market this off season.

While getting our hopes up, he also cautions us that a lot would have to go right for the opportunity to put him in Seahawks blue to come to pass.

Clayton: “Aaron Schobel could be a good fit here, I know that Houston is after him hard and he probably, likely going to Houston, is he a candidate for this team?

Schneider “Candidate? Absolutely, but he sounds like he is well on his way to Houston”

Houston is Schobels hometown, and Bill Kollar, his former defensive line coach, holds the same job title in Houston.

Schobels family also lives on a ranch about 45 minutes from downtown Houston.

Not to mention they whupped Seattle 34-7 last season and by all means are a much more competitive squad then than the Seahawks.

On a crappy team, Schobel proved he can still produce and provide durability at 32 years old; starting all 16 games for the Bills last season, he notched 56 tackles, ten sacks, and three forced fumbles.

Is it something that could happen? Maybe.

Is it something that’s going to happen?

Probably not.

Then again, how many people around the league were absolutely positive Brandon Marshall would be catching passes for Pete Carroll in training camp?

Hasselbeck calls Bill Leavy a “stand-up guy”

A day after apologizing for his mistakes officiating Super Bowl XL, Bill Leavy was still in Seattle on Saturday, working Seahawks practice with his crew.

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times writes that some team officials commended Leavy for his honesty, while others had no comment.  It remains a touchy subject, but quarterback Matt Hasselbeck appreciated Leavy’s words.

“I think all of the officials we have in the NFL are stand-up guys and Leavy is no different,” Hasselbeck said.

Hasselbeck pointed out that he regrets some games and understands the human element in officiating. More importantly, he didn’t hold Leavy responsible for the final result.

“We lost the game,” Hasselbeck said.  “Like I said Bill Leavy like all of our officials is a stand-up guy. It’s a long time ago. We lost the game.”

Five years later, Hasselbeck admits how hard it has been to move on from that game.

“It was probably a good thing that we talked because like Seahawks fans, I myself have had to sort of get to the point where I could kind of get past everything.”

Seahawks strike deal with No. 6 overall pick Russell Okung; no NFL holdouts left

The Seattle Seahawks came to terms with sixth overall pick Russell Okung, the last remaining first-round holdout, on Friday, ESPN and the Seattle Times reported.

Okung, an offensive tackle, agreed to a deal worth $48.5 million with more than $29 million guaranteed (maximum value of $58 million), ESPN reported.

His deal came hours after ninth overall selection C.J. Spiller reached a deal with the Buffalo Bills.

Okung is expected to fill the left tackle position for the Seahawks, who lost longtime Pro Bowler Walter Jones to retirement in the offseason.

Who Is Quinn Pitcock?

Quinn Pitcock estimates it’s been 10 years since he was excited about the start of a football season.

After walking away from the game two years ago, after battling depression and a video game addiction, after becoming, as he puts it, a hermit and tuning out the world for a year, Pitcock is back on the field in a Seahawks uniform.

Unlike the last time he played the game, he’s having fun.

Pitcock last played in the NFL in 2007 with the Indianapolis Colts. Pitcock, an All-American defensive tackle as a senior at Ohio State, went to the Colts as a third-round pick and played nine games as a rookie. The Colts thought Pitcock would be a big part of their future, but then Pitcock shocked everyone by abruptly retiring at the start of training camp.

“It had been going on for years, back to high school,” said Pitcock, who signed with the Seahawks Wednesday night. “I was having a tough time going to camp. I didn’t think I was good enough mentally for the team. I thought it was best for the team and myself at the time because I wasn’t mentally ready for the game. Looking back, I wasn’t, but I wish I would have been not so stubborn and gotten some help. But that’s in the past, I’m here now and I’m happy with what’s going on.”

It took Pitcock a year of solitude before he finally reached out for help. Following his unexpected departure from the game, Pitcock retreated to his Indianapolis apartment and found comfort in video games.

“I cast myself away from everybody and became almost a hermit,” he said. “I was a hermit for a year, and no one knew where I was at. I just sat in my apartment and just did nothing.

“It got to the point where I just pushed everybody away and I ended up using video games as my out. I got sucked into that. I got lost to the world, and it took me a while to get myself back, get back in society.”

Pitcock credits family and friends for helping him start his comeback, and later the help of the NFL Players Association to provide him with professional help with what he described as mild depression.

He has known for a while that he wanted to return to football, but Pitcock didn’t want to come back until he was in shape both physically and mentally, which he now says he is.

“Finally you just have an awakening and say, ‘What am I doing?’” he said. “You just look at yourself in the mirror. I got to the point where I broke and burned many video games trying to quit. Just talking to somebody and really getting my feelings out has gotten me to where I am. I used to be a quiet guy and now I’m more open.”

Part of that openness will include trying to help others who are battling mental illness and are afraid, like he was, to reach out for help.

“That’s what I found out later on,” he said. “A lot of athletes do deal with depression and anxiety and a lot of issues that doesn’t really get covered as much. Being an alpha male, you don’t want to show your weakness. I just want to get more people more open to asking for help, because no one great got anywhere by themselves, they always need help, someone to get you there. That was my biggest problem, I always wanted to do it on my own, and now I’m open to everybody helping me get to where I want to be.”

Pitcock knows he is by no means a lock to win a starting job, let alone a spot on the roster, but for now he is enjoying every moment of his comeback. During Thursday’s practice, he was taking reps with the second-team defense, and said getting back in pads and back to hitting was a welcome change.

During the past year he spent trying to get back to this point, one of the most important changes in Pitcock’s life was realizing that he just needed to get back to having fun. The support of family and friends and the time spent with psychiatrists has been important, but so too has the time spent doing flips off a diving board.

“I got back to my younger kid,” He said. “I started having fun. I got to the point where I was so worried about how everything would affect football. ‘I can’t do a dive off the diving board because I may get hurt.’ I went back to my inner child, I’m having fun now.”

So here Pitcock is, inner child found, his love of football restored. He came to Seattle with only one small suitcase, the rest of his belongings still in Indianapolis. It’s a fresh start, one he hopes turns into a career resurrection.

“It’s a whole new chapter in my life,” he said, “and I’m ready to make it a long one.”

QUICK SLANTS

Linebacker Anthony Heygood, who was cut before training camp, re-signed with the team Wednesday, only to suffer a season-ending injury on his first day back. During warmups for Thursday morning’s practice, Heygood tore his Achilles. He will likely be waived/injured, meaning if he clears waivers, the Seahawks will keep him on injured reserve. Receiver Mike Hass, a former Oregon State standout who spent most of last season on the Seahawks’ practice squad, was released to make room on the roster for Pitcock.

Russell Okung wants more money than Eric Berry

Show me the Money!!!!

Unbelievably, it’s looking like the impasse in negotiations between the Seahawks and Russell Okung is indeed about money, with Okung’s agent reportedly thinking a tackle should be paid more than a safety even if the safety was drafted first.

Okung, picked sixth overall, is one of only two unsigned first-rounders, and the players picked all around him have signed, so the money parameters are well established.

“It’s pretty clear,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters Sunday. “All of the work has been done and the staging of the position we’re in, it’s really clear how this should go.”

No. 4 pick Trent Williams, also an offensive tackle, and No. 5 pick Eric Berry, a safety, each signed six-year deals worth $60 million. No. 7 pick Joe Haden, a cornerback, got $50 million over five years. So, we know Okung should get a contract worth $10 million per season.

The haggling comes down to years and guaranteed money. Williams received $36.75 million, an average of about $6.1 million per year, while Berry got $34 million, an average of $5.67 million. Haden received $5.2 million per year.

Sensible folk would rightly conclude that Okung should receive guaranteed cash in the range between what Haden got and what Berry got – i.e., $5.4 million per year.

But, according to the beat writers who cover the Seahawks, Schaffer apparently wants Okung to be paid more than Berry, even though the safety was drafted one spot ahead of the tackle.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com wrote: “For Okung, the issues are twofold: Should his deal run five years or six? And how much should that sixth year cost?

“Okung, as a left tackle, stands to gain more in free agency once his deal ends than Berry is likely to command as a safety. He’ll naturally want a five-year deal and, if he’s going to take a sixth year, he’ll want to be paid at a premium offsetting the extra year he’ll spend before reaching free agency.

“But, if you’re the Seahawks, it’s difficult to pay more for the sixth overall choice than the Chiefs paid for the fifth pick.”

Meanwhile, Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times says it’s simply a matter of Schaffer thinking a left tackle is worth more than a safety.

“The biggest sticking point right now is over the idea of a position premium,” O’Neil wrote in an online chat Wednesday. “This is about the value of left tackle vs. the value of a safety, and while it’s true that in today’s NFL economics a left tackle is more valuable than a safety by almost every measure, it’s also true that quarterback is the only position that has commanded a premium in terms of rookie negotiations in the past.”

By “premium,” O’Neil means that quarterbacks have been the only rookies who traditionally have been paid more than their draft slots would otherwise merit.

It seems that Schaffer might be trying to milk the final uncapped year before a rookie wage scale is imposed, and he might be trying to leverage the Seahawks’ desperate need for the left tackle they drafted to replace Walter Jones. He also might be trying to see whether the Seahawks’ new management team will blink, like it did with Charlie Whitehurst.

If Schaffer wants more money for his client, here’s a solution: The Seahawks can give Okung the extra cheddar – e.g., a six-year, $60 million deal with a very generous $36 million ($6 million per year) guaranteed. But make Schaffer agree to a team option for two more years, with the salaries dependent on Okung’s performance in his first four seasons – i.e., if he becomes a Pro Bowl player, pay him at the franchise-tag level (if he’s average, pay him accordingly).

Otherwise, the Seahawks should make the sixth year voidable through incentives or just settle on a five-year deal within the financial parameters that have been set by other signings (five years, $50 million, $27 million guaranteed). Of course, that assumes Schaffer isn’t trying to get the “tackle premium” even on a five-year deal. If he is, he’s just wasting everyone’s time.

In the end, there are only a couple of ways to do this fairly: straight-up slotting or added money with added time. Anything else is unrealistic and will result in a very long holdout and a wasted rookie season for Okung.

At some point, Okung is going to have to evaluate whether his agent is doing the right thing and decide whether to keep Schaffer or find someone who is willing to do a fair deal.

Until then, it’s simply ridiculous the Seahawks don’t have their new left tackle in uniform yet.