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Seahawks beat Titans, 20-18

There was a perfectly executed opening drive, a solid start for quarterback Vince Young, and some gritty play from the defense that was without several starters.

Young also threw an interception, however, and some guys competing for starting roles gave up some big plays.

In many ways it was a typical preseason opener. The Titans lost this one to the Seahawks, 20-18.

“I feel like we did all right out there,’’ Young said. “I made a mistake. … But as a whole I thought we did good for the first time out there.’’

Young was sharp on the opening drive and running back Chris Johnson scored a one-yard touchdown. Young completed his first five passes — including going 4-for-4 for 70 yards on the opening drive — as the Titans took a 7-0 lead just over five minutes into the game.

On the next possession, Young made a big blunder and Seahawks cornerback Josh Wilson intercepted a poorly thrown ball intended for Justin Gage.

Young was 5-of-6 for 78 yards in 13 snaps. Johnson was done after one series, 10 plays. He had five carries for seven yards — six of those on his first carry.

“It felt good to get back out there for a few runs,’’ Johnson said. “We got a couple of runs in there, but we still have some work to do together. I think we’ll get things going more and more as the preseason goes on, and we’ll be ready when it matters.’’

The defensive starters held Seattle to one first down on its first two possessions. But the defense gave up a number of big plays in the second quarter, and the Seahawks opened up a 20-7 lead after three quarters.

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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.

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.

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.

Seahawks’ overpaid underperformers have a lot to prove this season

Some people incorrectly claim that the reason the Seahawks have won just nine games the past two seasons is that they have no talent.

But the real reason they have been so horrible is that the talent they have has not been available. Their best players simply have not been on the field very much the last two years.

  • Linebacker Lofa Tatupu has missed 12 games.
  • Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and offensive tackle Sean Locklear have each missed 11.
  • Receiver Deion Branch has been MIA for 10.
  • Linebacker Leroy Hill has been absent for nine.
  • Cornerback Marcus Trufant sat out six last year.

And then there are the multitude of games those six played in which they were not even close to 100 percent.

If the Seahawks are going to make any progress under new coach Pete Carroll, those guys – along with second-year linebacker Aaron Curry and veteran receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh — are going to have to stay healthy and start earning their salaries in 2010.

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Seahawks still waiting for Russell Okung to sign

Gauging the significance of Russell Okung’s absence from Seahawks training camp became easy with a look at Seattle’s practice field Monday morning.

The first-unit left tackle: Mansfield Wrotto.

Now, Wrotto is a diligent worker. He is courteous and tough, but he was drafted to play guard and he couldn’t crack the starting lineup at that position last season. Yet with Okung unsigned and Ray Willis resting the morning practice, that left Wrotto working at the most important position with the first-unit offensive line.

Which puts a little more urgency behind the question of just when Seattle is going to get Okung signed.

“It’s a pretty clear-cut situation,” coach Pete Carroll said after the evening workout. “We’re very open and very strong about trying to get this thing done, and each day it’s gone by, Russell falls farther behind and it’s hurting him immensely. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get something done here, but it’s very clear-cut, and it does not need to be a difficult situation right here.”

OK. Deep breath. Okung has missed just three days, hardly an eternity. Willis was back on the field for the evening workout, filling the spot at left tackle, though it should also be pointed out that’s a position Willis has never played in a real game.

Aaron Curry — last year’s first-round pick — missed the first eight days of training camp. Center Chris Spencer missed five in 2005.

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