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Seahawks mailbag: Is Seattle scouting the Alliance of American Football?

Seahawks mailbag: Is Seattle scouting the Alliance of American Football?

Additionally, a glance into whether or not the Seahawks actually had a lot of a tailback-by-committee and different subjects in our newest mailbag.

It might be snowy in Seattle. However we’re all the time able to warmth issues up in the Seahawks mailbag. In truth, with the NFL mix now simply over two weeks away — formally beginning Feb. 26 — it type of looks like the NFL offseason is starting to actually decide up.

So right here’s the first of what might be a number of mailbags we’ll scatter over the subsequent week or so. On to the questions.

Are we actively scouting the Aliance?

— The Snarky Sims (@EJSims_) February 11, 2019

A: For positive. All 32 NFL groups are going to be scouting the new Alliance of American Soccer, which debuted to some fairly good TV scores on Saturday (although it might be too early to declare the league a hit simply but. Recall the sterling scores begin the unique XFL acquired off to earlier than plummeting). However one factor that may assist its long-term viability is that it has the backing of the NFL — therefore, video games being telecast on the NFL Community — with many in the league hoping it could make it and function one thing of a developmental avenue for the NFL itself.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll stated in January he was excited for the Alliance and needs to see it succeed.

“We’re going to take it in and do the evaluations where they allow us to, when we can see them and all that,” Carroll stated. “We’ll do all the film work. We’ll do everything. We’ll break all those guys down. We’ll just take it as a whole aspect of a feeding system to give us information. The only way we know how to do it is totally go for it, so we’re going to really embrace the whole setup.”

Nevertheless, and to not rain on the parade of what appears a enjoyable enterprise — I watched a lot of the video games myself — however most of the gamers in the league are removed from unknown, and lots of have been with and minimize by a number of NFL groups already. Which means, there could also be a diamond in the tough discovered right here or there, and positively some guys are going to get some wanted work which may assist them of their subsequent probability. However there’s not likely a ton of guys in the league whom NFL groups already don’t find out about.

I counted 22 former Seahawks on the rosters of the eight Alliance groups, together with former draft picks Terry Poole and Eric Pinkins (every with San Diego) and some pretty veteran guys reminiscent of defensive deal with Sealver Siliga (who has had a pair of Seahawks stints and earned a Tremendous Bowl ring with the Patriots in 2014), linebacker John Lotulelei (who was one of the Seahawks’ coaching camp surprises of 2013 and on the preliminary 53-man roster for the workforce that might go on to win the Tremendous Bowl that yr), defensive finish Damontre Moore (who had a sack for San Diego) and cornerback Trovon Reed.

I additionally marvel a bit of how guidelines akin to permitting not more than 5 gamers to hurry the passer will impression evaluations — the capacity to speak and decide up blitzes and pressures is such an enormous half of being an offensive lineman and that rule negates that fairly a bit, turning it far more into so much of one-on-one battles (although perhaps that’s what everybody needs). As Professional Soccer Speak famous, the restrictions on blitzing might make quarterbacks and offensive linemen look higher than they are surely.

However any improvement is sweet improvement and the Seahawks will undoubtedly signal a participant or two who has been in the Alliance — Alliance contracts permit for gamers to go away for the NFL at any time.

Let Earl stroll and use cash to signal Fluker and others?
Let Clark stroll and use cash for KJ and construct DE by way of draft. (Lack of picks may forestall this)

— Jonathan Holmes (@JonHolmes_02) February 11, 2019

A: To start out, Earl Thomas goes to stroll.

It was fascinating seeing Eric Reid signal a three-year, $22 million extension with Carolina on Monday, a deal that some seen as displaying that there might be a surge in the security market this offseason after final yr noticed a stagnant one at the place (together with Reid going unsigned till midseason). Wrote Jason Fitzgerald of by way of Twitter: “Reid at 22m+ pretty much puts the safety market back on track after last year. should bode well for this years free agents.”

Thomas goes to need to see what’s on the market — and certain going to need much more than what Reid obtained and can initially ask for greater than the $10 million a yr he was getting with the Seahawks (it’s thought he needed greater than $14 million a season, which might make him the highest-paid security in the NFL).

If Seattle didn’t need to pay that final yr there’s no purpose to assume they might now, a yr later, with all that occurred final season (the damaged leg, the ‘we’re No. 1’ salute on his approach off the subject, and so forth.) and Thomas now a yr older and coming off one other vital damage.

So to deal with your query, I feel Seattle’s monetary fashions for this season way back took under consideration not having Thomas round.

As for Clark strolling, that’s not going to occur.

Move rushers are extra priceless than ever in immediately’s NFL and Clark is Seattle’s solely elite edge rusher, one of the prime 10 or so in the league. Carroll has stated a number of occasions that the Seahawks will hold him round — and that’s not one thing he has stated as brazenly and as typically about different such conditions.

Seattle might not instantly work out a long-term contract with Clark, who can turn out to be a free agent on March 13. However they will slap him with a franchise tag, as I detailed final week, starting on Feb. 19, a interval that lasts via March 5. Groups typically wait till the finish of that interval to make use of the tag, seeing if they will work out a long-term choice first. But when there isn’t any long-term deal reached over the subsequent few weeks, it’d be a shock if the Seahawks didn’t tag Clark to guarantee he stays with the staff in 2019, at a contract that can be close to or at $18 million.

I feel at this level Okay.J. Wright goes to hit free company. However I do assume the door is being left open with Wright to return relying on how his market unfolds, type of as occurred a couple of years in the past with Jermaine Kearse or final yr with Mike Davis and Byron Maxwell.

As for Fluker, he and fellow guard J.R. Sweezy can every be free brokers in March. I’d anticipate the Seahawks to retain at the very least one of them, with the market dictating in the event that they’ll be capable of hold each. Carroll has stated they’d wish to maintain the complete 2018 offensive line collectively if they will — proper deal with Germain Ifedi, middle Justin Britt and left deal with Duane Brown all stay underneath contract by way of no less than the 2019 season (Britt was amongst a number of Seahawks who had half of their 2019 wage grow to be assured final week. Britt had $2.25 of his $four.5 million wage develop into assured).

Do you see the operating again by committee strategy persevering with? I’m unaware of Davis’ contract state of affairs however I feel after spending a 1st on Penny that he’ll obtain much more touches subsequent yr.
Thanks prematurely.

— Coaster’s Nook ? (@coasters_corner) February 11, 2019

A: Hmm. I’m not likely positive Seattle had a operating again by committee final season, if you actually look at it.

Seattle clearly had a No. 1 rusher final season in Chris Carson, who completed with 1,147 yards, the first Seattle operating again to prime the 1,000-yard mark since Marshawn Lynch in 2014.

Carson did so on 247 carries, which was the seventh-most in the NFL final season.

However extra telling is that Carson, who missed two video games on account of damage, was third in the NFL in carries per recreation at 17.6 — the solely two who obtained extra carries per recreation have been Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott at 20.2 and the Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley at 18.2.

Carson has two years left on his rookie contract, because of make $645,000 in 2019 — and he can’t get an extension till after 2019 (which is one thing to observe subsequent offseason however not a fear now). I absolutely anticipate Carson to proceed to get that a lot work in 2019 and for Seattle to imagine he can once more deal with it, which can think about to its offseason selections.

As you word, Rashaad Penny can be getting into his second season in 2019 and there’s no cause to assume he can’t be extra of a contributor, particularly if he can keep away from the nagging accidents he suffered as a rookie.

Davis, whom you talked about, can now be an unrestricted free agent after spending final season as a daily in Seattle’s tailback rotation and principal third-down, two-minute again.

Davis performed final season on a one-year, $1.three million deal he signed final March — which got here after he spent a bit of time exploring different choices, together with visiting Detroit, earlier than the staff drafted Penny. I feel that’s essential to notice as a result of when Davis signed, not solely did the Seahawks not but have Penny however they have been additionally much less positive in what that they had in Carson, who missed the final 12 video games of his rookie season with an ankle damage.

Now, Seattle has Carson and Penny every for at the very least two extra years, and in addition has 2016 third-round decide C.J. Prosise. And for positive, Prosise can hardly be counted on for a lot of something at this level after lacking 32 of a attainable 48 common season video games the final three seasons because of damage. However 2019 shall be the last yr on his contract and Carroll sounded optimistic final month about his possibilities for making an impression this season saying the hope is an stomach surgical procedure he had final season may lastly do the trick.

“C.J., he actually wanted the surgical procedure that he had, it was just a little extra in depth than we thought,’’ Carroll stated. “However he might be again from that, that’s about an eight-week restoration or one thing like that, so he can be superb.’’

J.D. McKissic may be again. McKissic is now a restricted free agent, and whereas I’d doubt the Seahawks will tender him — which can then make him a free agent — I’d think about they’d attempt to then re-sign him. And he’d in all probability be cheaper than Davis — definitely, lower than the $1.three million Davis received final season.

So perhaps that’s a long-winded method of saying I feel it’s removed from a assure that Davis will probably be again subsequent season. It’s additionally a method of saying that a backfield of Carson, Penny, Prosise, Scarbrough and perhaps/in all probability McKissic, operating again is probably not a spot the Seahawks should do an entire lot to in the offseason.