Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Seahawks' moves reflect reordered values
By Mike Sando
The Seattle Seahawks' decision to release T.J. Houshmandzadeh despite $7 million in guaranteed salary makes more sense in light of less dramatic moves.
The team is effectively paying Houshmandzadeh's salary with money previously earmarked for other players. These moves are not all about money. They reflect a gap between how the Seahawks' previous and current leadership valued certain players. Some of the changes might have happened even without a leadership change.
The Seahawks reduced Julius Jones' scheduled $2.45 million salary Monday. They reached agreement Tuesday with recently released safety Jordan Babineaux on a contract less expensive than his previous $2.45 million salary.
Releasing Craig Terrill to make room on the roster for Babineaux erased from the books a scheduled $1.15 million salary for Terrill (potentially offset by what Babineaux or others signed to the roster are earning). Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, released over the weekend, was scheduled to earn $1.759 million. Right tackle Sean Locklear has been on the trading block with a scheduled 2010 salary of $5.45 million. The Seahawks previously reduced Leroy Hill's salary from $6 million to $2.125 million, plus incentives.
Go ahead and marvel at a team for paying $7 million for Houshmandzadeh to play elsewhere, but realize, too, that the team is recouping money elsewhere.