Monday, August 20, 2012
Under-the-radar moves revisited: Seahawks
By Mike Sando
Revisiting three under-the-radar moves for the Seattle Seahawks to see how well these June storylines are holding up:
1. Signing Jason Jones. The Seahawks signed Jones to a one-year deal in free agency in an effort to upgrade their inside pass-rush. Jones did not play in the most recent exhibition game. We've seen more from him and from the pass-rush in general during practices than during the two exhibition games. I don't sense any change in expectations, however.
2. Re-signing their own guys. Red Bryant, Marshawn Lynch, Paul McQuistan, Michael Robinson, Leroy Hill, Matt McCoy and Heath Farwell returned as unrestricted free agents. Marcus Trufant re-signed as well. These were under-the-radar moves only to the extent that Seattle was bringing back its own players, not adding new ones from the outside. Bryant and Lynch were high-profile re-signings. Both have made positive contributions in the preseason, including when Bryant tipped a Peyton Manning pass, leading to an interception. McQuistan is starting at left guard. Re-signing him and releasing 2010 starter Robert Gallery is looking like a wise move. Gallery signed with New England, then retired.
3. Churning the OL depth. Adding veteran Deuce Lutui in free agency is paying off now that starting left guard John Moffitt is recovering from elbow surgery. Late-round choice J.R. Sweezy is making a surprisingly quickly transition from defensive line to guard. It remains to be seen whether Alex Barron provides value as a swing tackle. Overall, though, the Seahawks appear to have done the right thing by churning the line depth. The situation with Gallery comes to mind especially.