NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger is back inside from laying out in the Victoria sunshine. Teachers and their summers off. He reports on the BIG news this week out of Vancouver that the Canucks have locked defenseman Jason Garrison via free agency from the Florida Panthers. Garrison has less than 3 full years of playing time leading to a fair inexperience factor, but he does bring size with a 6’ 2” frame that packs a solid 220 lbs.
NWSB insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why he loves and hates the Blazers offer sheet to Nicolas Batum. Re-signing him now would be the perfect time in his career to do so. He’s already a fan favorite and will grab a starting spot with a deal like this. On the other hand, he will need to produce more and the Blazers are hoping to avoid a bidding war for Batum.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Clinton Bell tells us about his fearless predictions of who will be named the Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback. Matt Flynn has the pedigree to become a long time starter in this league, and with the addition of Russell Wilson in the draft, this leaves no room for returning starter Tarvaris Jackson.
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.