The NFL is a right here in the present day, gone tomorrow enterprise — “hometown discounts” are mentioned far more than they really occur. However that does not imply Frank Clark is headed for free company. Bob Condotta additionally solutions questions on Kam Chancellor’s future and the security place.
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On to the questions.
In fact, you in all probability need more than that.
No, he gained’t.
OK, perhaps you need more than that.
He’s not going to do it.
Nor do I actually assume followers ought to make this a constant expectation of gamers. The NFL is a right here at this time, gone tomorrow big-business endeavor and I feel the thought of “hometown discounts” is mentioned a lot more by media and followers than it ever actually occurs.
I delved into Frank Clark’s state of affairs final week with assist from former NFL agent and wage cap maven Joel Corry, who defined it fairly nicely — Clark and his agent, Erik Burkhardt (who was within the information this week for signing Kyler Murray) appear ready to play the toughest of ball attainable, prepared to simply accept the franchise tag for 2019 (which might imply a one-year, assured wage of proper round $18 million — tag numbers are formally set within the spring) fairly than take a long-term deal they contemplate as under his market worth (or, what a hometown discount can be).
And if perhaps that’s not completely excellent, it does permit the Seahawks to get an elite move rusher in his age 26 season whereas then persevering with to work towards a long-term deal — if the Seahawks determine that’s what they need to do.
As Corry famous, this is considered a actually good yr for cross rushers within the draft. Seattle might nicely take one within the draft (the Seahawks had in all probability higher sooner or later) and relying on how that pans out, perhaps give them some flexibility shifting ahead in how they deal with Clark.
The tag interval begins subsequent week — Tuesday, Feb. 19 — and runs by way of March 5. Don’t essentially anticipate the tag to occur proper on the primary day — there’s no compelling purpose to not wait. However it appears more likely to occur than not, which gained’t remedy the difficulty of Clark’s long-term future with the Seahawks however will guarantee it for 2019.
A: Earl Thomas?
OK, in all probability not.
Thomas is by far the most important identify of the 10 gamers who ended the common season on Seattle’s Injured Reserve listing (security Delano Hill was additionally add to IR after the common season previous to the playoff recreation towards Dallas).
There have been 9 others: operating again C.J. Prosise, security T.J. Mutcherson, linebackers Emmanuel Beal and Mychal Kendricks, defensive finish Ricky Ali’fua, offensive linemen Jordan Simmons and Jamarco Jones, receiver Amara Darboh and tight finish Will Dissly.
Of these, six might have key roles for the Seahawks subsequent season relying on well being and different elements — Prosise, Kendricks, Simmons, Jones, Darboh and Dissly (in addition to Hill).
Dissly clearly has probably the most wide-open path, assuming no setbacks in restoration from what was a brutal knee damage, having already been primarily the beginning tight finish when he was injured. Seattle had hopes Kendricks could possibly be the beginning weakside linebacker in 2019 if wanted. However that is depending on his being obtainable and the staff apparently isn’t now going to know that till April (his knee damage wasn’t thought-about critical). Simmons might contend for a beginning guard spot if he recovers nicely from a knee damage — coach Pete Carroll stated it was anticipated Simmons can be prepared for the 2019 season. Simply how prepared Seattle thinks he shall be might issue into how aggressively (or not) they attempt to re-sign J.R.Sweezy and D.J. Fluker (recall the Seattle offense functioned simply effective within the two video games Simmons began and performed all of — the loss in LA towards the Rams and the win over the Vikings).
Prosise, Jones and Darboh also needs to all be prepared for coaching camp (if not the offseason program) and in addition all might challenge to having spots on the 53-man roster this season. The Seahawks have been notably enthusiastic about Jones when he went down with an ankle damage and he might emerge as a critical contender at proper deal with, which might even have implications on Germain Ifedi’s future.
Of the opposite three, Beal may be the one to observe, notably contemplating what occurs on the WLB spot. He was getting seems to be at each the within LB spots earlier than he was injured.
And it might be value remembering that each one designations such because the injured listing dissolve on the finish of the season. All the above gamers at the moment are merely on Seattle’s roster. Groups can should 90 on their offseason rosters. Lists comparable to IR and PUP come into play once more as soon as coaching camp begins.
A: Within the draft, I feel they undoubtedly might.
I compiled a number of the mock drafts just lately and who they see the Seahawks taking in the event that they maintain the 21st decide final week, and as you possibly can learn, a few had Seattle taking Deionte Thompson of Alabama and a few others had Seattle going with Nasir Adderley of Deleware. Every look like logical picks.
Nevertheless, I feel Seattle likes its younger safeties (Delano Hill, Tedric Thompson) higher than followers may — it’s onerous to reside as much as what Thomas and Kam Chancellor did — and Carroll appeared fairly enthusiastic on the finish of the yr about a attainable pairing of Hill at robust security and Bradley McDougald at free, one thing the workforce obtained a glimpse of within the late-season wins over Kansas Metropolis and Arizona. That pairing may nicely have been the best way Seattle would have gone within the playoff recreation towards Dallas had not Hill gotten harm.
In the event you imply Seattle going after a big-name free agent, I feel there’s much less of a probability they pay massive cash to get somebody like Lamarcus Joyner, Landon Collins or Tryann Mathieu — who’re in all probability the highest three big-name varieties obtainable and all might command $Eight-10 million a yr or so (and as a lot of others famous this week, Eric Reid’s three-year, $22 million cope with Carolina provides all free agent safeties a higher bargaining place this yr than that they had a yr in the past).
I’d think about Seattle will once more usher in a second- or-third-tier security (when it comes to wage), as they did final yr with Maurice Alexander, so as to add some depth and veteran competitors.
However I’m unsure Seattle is going to assume it’s value what they’d get in manufacturing to go pay a free agent $Eight-10 million or so versus what they assume they could nonetheless have the ability to get out of Hill or Thompson
A: I don’t see Chancellor going into teaching — at the very least, not instantly, and never full time.
Chancellor has a lot of different pursuits (reminiscent of his shoe line) and has made a lot of cash (he simply received $5.2 million in his base wage for subsequent yr assured final week, no matter if he will get reduce later within the yr, which might properly occur). Teaching, at the least doing it full-time on the NFL degree, is a big grind with a lot of lengthy days and whereas some former gamers go into it, an terrible lot don’t, having seen up shut the type of dedication it takes.
As for Chancellor retiring as a Seahawk, although, that’s a certainty. The rationale we’re at this level is as a result of Chancellor can’t play anymore on account of damage (recall he revealed in September he has spinal stenosis). So he gained’t be enjoying anyplace else and can retire as a Seahawk. And perhaps he’ll hold round in some capability. Regardless, he’ll all the time be a a part of the Seahawks household.
A: This is a good and logical query.
The issue is, any reply at this level of the yr is untimely. We actually have to know not solely what strikes the Seahawks make over the subsequent few months within the draft and free company but in addition what strikes their opponents make, and particularly the groups within the NFC West that Seattle will every play twice subsequent season, earlier than making any affordable predictions on subsequent yr.
Whereas the general core of the Seahawks’ roster might not change drastically, the group can undoubtedly stand for some enchancment within the offseason — particularly, shoring up the defensive position and move rush, answering who is going to play weakside linebacker, perhaps including a veteran at security (as mentioned above) and including one other potential playmaker or two on offense.
That it’s nonetheless fairly early within the recreation to make predictions is evidenced in the truth that the Las Vegas sports activities books don’t but have over-under totals for the 2019 NLF season — additionally they wait till rosters are put collectively and we’ve got a lot more to go on.
However one one that did just lately supply a guess at a Seahawks over-under complete was ESPN’s Invoice Barnwell, who put it at 9.
To me that appears more than truthful. Barnwell makes one fascinating level — did the Seahawks catch some groups off-guard this yr with the run-first strategy, which they gained’t subsequent yr?
Perhaps more pragmatically, as I famous above, I’d additionally need to see how the offensive line comes collectively — do they re-sign Sweey and Fluker, and if not, who replaces them? — in addition to what additions they make on protection so as to add a move rusher and work out the weakside linebacking spot, in addition to including one other receiver.
So examine again in Might as soon as we all know more about all of these issues.