Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Around the NFC West: Tarvaris Jackson?
By Mike Sando
Brady Henderson of 710ESPN Seattle passes along thoughts from John Clayton on Seattle's options in free agency. Clayton: "I think by [Tuesday] Tarvaris Jackson could be agreeing to a deal that's going to make him a Seahawk. ... Everything I heard today, he's on a fast-track waiting for that offer and he's willing to take it."
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks have told Stacy Andrews they play to release the veteran tackle. Andrews had an outside shot at becoming the right tackle until the team used a first-round draft choice for James Carpenter. Andrews' salary was a factor. He was scheduled to earn $5.25 million, plus a $500,000 workout bonus. The team will have to pay $100,000 of that workout bonus if it releases Andrews before Friday. Teams can begin releasing players Thursday.
Also from O'Neil: a look at the Seahawks' priorities in free agency. O'Neil: "The team's preference remains re-signing Matt Hasselbeck, but that doesn't mean the Seahawks are inclined to increase the offer they made him in March. In fact, it's quite possible -- perhaps even likely -- they'll hold firm." My understanding is that the offer made before free agency likely will not be there now.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks need to make a decision on Hasselbeck. Brewer: "The Seahawks' challenge is to find the best placeholder until they identify their next franchise quarterback. In this case, it might be more enticing to give someone new a chance rather than stick with the old guy. Can the Seahawks do better than Hasselbeck? It's debatable. Can they do worse? Oh, that's the scary part of this movie."
Ben Malcolmson of seahawks.com posts photos Rod Mar took around team headquarters as the team prepared for free agency. Ken Norton Jr., Pete Carroll and John Schneider were among those making the cut.
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com looks back at the Seahawks' 2002 season. Farnsworth: "Matt Hasselbeck led the NFC in completion percentage (.637) and was second in passer rating (87.8) while throwing for 3,075 yards and 15 TDs in 10 starts."
Christian Caple of seattlepi.com rounds up reported contract agreements for Seattle involving rookie free agents.
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with Lofa Tatupu and Golden Tate on the golf course. They were playing in a charity tournament in Tacoma. Tatupu said the team should could win another NFC West title with Hasselbeck. Tatupu: "Absolutely. With the knowledge he has and our new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell coming in and his scheme, it kind of takes him back to from what I’ve heard the Holmgren era, and puts him in that true West Coast system, where he gets to his timing routes. And there’s nobody better than Hasselbeck when you give him protection and a running game, which from my feeling with what we did in the draft, with our first two picks being offensive linemen, I think they are building on trying to get him that protection and get him comfortable. As far as I’m concerned, when you get him protection and get him in his zone, I don’t think there’s much better."
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune considers whether Seattle should bring back Hasselbeck. Boling: "As for his place in the market, Hasselbeck is more valuable to an established team lacking only a quarterback than to a Seahawks team rebuilding in so many areas. Another club could easily woo him with a longer and more lucrative deal. It’s clear he’s not the long-range answer here, so he might relish the chance of getting another shot at a ring with another club, despite his often-stated affection for the community."
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic checks in with the Cardinals for thoughts on free agency and the trading period. Whisenhunt: ""It's going to go from zero to 100 from a working perspective for us. It's going to be 24 hours a day, seven days a week just because of the volume of what you have to get done."
Also from Somers: setting the scene at Cardinals headquarters. Somers: "The second floor of the Cardinals' Tempe facility could look more like a call center Tuesday than the offices of coaches and front-office executives. It's the first day of negotiations for free agents and trades, and by the time the football people see their families again, the kids will have grown a foot, gone off to college, or both. Practically everyone who knows a 3-technique from a 3-iron is being called into duty as the NFL begins its mad season at 7 a.m."
More from Somers: Cardinals players will begin reporting Thursday. They'll head to training camp at Northern Arizona University on Friday.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com passes along a photo showing Larry Fitzgerald on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch expects the Rams to practice beginning Saturday. Coats: "Although nothing is official yet, it looks as if the St. Louis Rams will have their first training camp practice on Saturday -- two weeks before their preseason opener vs. the Colts on Aug. 13 at the Edward Jones Dome. Rams players would report for physicals and other pre-camp activities on Friday. The team will hold training camp at Rams Park for the third year in a row."
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams players are ready to dive back into work. Guard Adam Goldberg: "I think here in St. Louis we have a great football season ahead of us, I just hope to be a part of it. I love the locker room. I love my teammates. I love playing for Spags. I love my line coach (Steve Loney). I'm excited to play in (offensive coordinator) Josh McDaniels' system. I think it'll be explosive and dynamic. So this is obviously a great situation for me. Then again it's a business, so we'll have to see how things work it."
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com outlines the Rams' upcoming schedule. Wagoner: "The Rams cannot hold a padded practice until Monday, August 1. In addition, they will not hold an actual practice until Saturday as Friday is for reporting, physicals and meetings."
VanRam of Turf Show Times rounds up reported contract agreements for the Rams.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com lists undrafted free agents expected to sign with the 49ers. On Notre Dame nose tackle Ian Williams: "In nine games last season, he recorded 38 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He played against Stanford throughout his career, and said that experience of playing against Jim Harbaugh's team every season was beneficial."
Also from Maiocco: Harbaugh has some nervous energy heading into 49ers camp. Harbaugh: "We had scheduled two-a-days as part of our plan, but the plan has changed. There are new rules that will go into affect this training camp. There's been a lot of thinking, how best to manage the time we have. The teaching, the quality reps on the field, who can do that best will get the leg up. It takes some thinking through."
More from Maiocco: thoughts on Hasselbeck and the 49ers. Maiocco: "Why would the 49ers add Hasselbeck via free agency? The answer is simple: The 49ers believe Hasselbeck would be an upgrade over Carr and he could supply serious competition for Alex Smith."
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee looks at undrafted free agents expected to sign with the 49ers. On Stanford center Chase Beeler: "CBS Sports ranked him as the 15th-best center in the draft. Earned second team All-Pac-10 Conference honors in his first season as Stanford's starting center after taking over for Alex Fletcher ... made a smooth transition from left guard to the center position ... started all 13 games and played a key role on a line that allowed the fewest sacks (7) in the Pac-10 and helped pave the way for the top rushing attack in school history (2,837) ... earned second team All-Pac-10 academic honors ... recipient of the Vardell Award as the player who best combines athletics and academics."
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News offers a transcript from Harbaugh's media session. Harbaugh: "As I understand it, our own unrestricted free agents will be allowed in the building tomorrow right up until the time that we start training camp on Thursday then they will not be in the building until Friday when they can sign. That’s the way I understand the rule."
Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News also reports from Harbaugh's news conference. Harbaugh: "I can’t tell you how good it’s going to be having those guys in the building, face to face, knee to knee, smelling their breath, just getting to know them and letting them know me. That’s what I’m looking forward to most."