NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Matt Church reports today on the 2012 Post draft free agency draft tracker. Only four UDFAs made the team last year, so don’t expect to hear everyone’s name come September (Seattle now has a whopping 11 WRs on the roster). Remember Doug Baldwin folks? He was a UDFA in 2011. Can Jermaine Kearse, Lavasier Tunei, or Rishaw Johnson make the club?
NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions Blogger Steve Lee sums up the contract extension given to Grey Cup MVP Travis Lulay and explains what he means to the team going forward. Could Travis had made it in the NFL? Well, Casey Printers sure didn’t. Geroy Simon, Arland Bruce and Korey Banks will all catch balls from Lulay in 2012. Should be fun.
Seahawks insider Brett Bivens brings us news of a three new Friday signings in Seattle. Guard Deuce Lutui, linebacker Barrett Rudd, cornerback Roy Lewis sign one-year deals with Seahawks. Don’t overlook Seattle’s agreement to bring back cornerback Lewis, who was a special-teams captain in 2010. Lineman Deuce Lutui ranks as the biggest addition the Seahawks made Friday. All-in-all a very busy day.
Seahawks insider Brandon Choate brings us news that Seattle Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne has moved on to join the New Orleans Saints. Not only did the Seahawks lose a great player, but it left a gaping hole at linebacker. I’ve got just the guy to replace him. Luke Kuechly of Boston College. Brandon wouldn’t hesitate to go all in this Eagle.
Seahawks insider Brett Bivens brings us news of a new signing in Seattle. Running back Kregg Lumpkin, formerly with the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Lumpkin will come in and compete for the backup job with Leon Washington and any other RB who joins the roster. Don’t expect Justin Forsett back in 2012.
Seahawks insider Brett Bivens brings us news of a Seattle Seahawks signing this off season. Offensive lineman Frank Omiyale, most recently with the Chicago Bears, has agreed to a one year deal with the Seahawks. After earning the nickname Gate 68, he is ready to come to Seattle and prove he can get the job done.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Brett Bivens tells us the Seahawks got their man. This isn’t exactly breaking news. Marshawn Lynch locked up before the franchise tag deadline. He’s making a Four-year $31 million contract with $17 million guaranteed now. Which seems like a bargain when you compare him to the other top backs in the league.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Brett Bivens tells us last season the Seahawks aren’t making a huge splash in free agency signing other teams’ players but they are keeping their own core together. Last week it was Marshawn Lynch to avoid free agency, this week Heath Farwell, Red Bryant and now Michael Robinson have been re-signed by John Schneider and Pete Carroll and the Seahawks.
Seattle Seahawks blogger and NWSB managing editor Q tells us the attorney for free agent linebacker Leroy Hill says charges of marijuana possession in Atlanta have been dropped. Hill’s lawyer, Edward T. M. Garland, says urine tests taken after the arrest came up negative. A team can now sign Hill without worrying about discipline from the NFL stemming from this incident.
Portland Trailblazers blogger Jason Green tells us the end of the season will show how Nicolas Batum’s contract situation plays out, but he for one would like to see him in a Blazers’ uniform for the next few years. The Blazers have experienced the qualifying offer situation first-hand in the last few off seasons, offering big free agent contracts to Paul Millsap in 2009 and Wesley Matthews in 2010.
Portland Trailblazers roster recap as we get closer to the 2011 NBA season starting up. Jamal Crawford says the Portland Trail Blazers are where he belongs, but to bring him in the Blazers had to waive the retiring Brandon Roy. A tough pill to swallow for all northwest hoops fans. LaMarcus Aldridge has a heart condition, Greg Oden is Greg Oden, Kurt Thomas is coming in as is Craig Smith.
Jamal Crawford says the Portland Trail Blazers are “right there” in a three-team battle to sign him to a free agent deal. The Trailblazers need him, and want him. Is there any team in the NBA that’s having a more injury riddled lead up to the start of their 2011/12 NBA season than the Portland Trailblazers? Brandon Roy is retiring, LaMarcus Aldridge has a heart condition, Greg Oden is Greg Oden…