NFC West: Kelvin Hayden


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


The Seahawks-Colts game will not be the same without Bob Sanders, Walter Jones and Matt Hasselbeck.

All three were among the players named inactive in Week 4.

Two other injury-related absences stand out as significant in this game. Josh Wilson's inability to play despite making significant progress following a high-ankle sprain leaves Seattle without two of its top three cornerbacks, a seemingly impossible predicament against Peyton Manning.

The Seahawks did not designate a third quarterback for this game. If injuries knocked out Seneca Wallace and rookie Mike Teel, I think Deion Branch might get a look at quarterback.

Not having Jones at left tackle would be a big deal for Seattle even if the Colts had named Dwight Freeney inactive. Freeney is active for this game, a surprise. The question might be whether he's close to 100 percent. If he is, the Seahawks will have problems at left tackle.

Inactive for Seattle: Jones, Hasselbeck, tackle Sean Locklear, linebacker Leroy Hill, defensive tackle Red Bryant, defensive lineman Michael Bennett and tight end Cameron Morrah.

Inactive for the Colts: Sanders, linebacker Gary Brackett, cornerback Kelvin Hayden, tackle Tony Ugoh, linebacker Clint Session, offensive lineman Jamey Richard and defensive tackle Fili Moala. Curtis Painter is the third quarterback.

The Seahawks have five receivers active. That is generally the maximum. They have eight offensive lineman active, one more than usual. They have two tight ends active, one fewer than usual. They have four running backs active, one fewer than usual.

2005 DB class finds way to NFC West

March, 10, 2009
3/10/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Pick
Team First 20 Defensive Backs in 2005 NFL Draft
Status
6
TEN Pacman Jones
Free Agent
8
ARI Antrel Rolle
Starting FS
9
WAS Carlos Rogers
Starting CB
14
CAR Thomas Davis
Starting LB
23
OAK Fabian Washington
With Ravens
29
IND
Marlin Jackson
Knee Rehab
34
CLE Brodney Pool
Starting FS
38
OAK
Stanford Routt
Nickel CB
40
NO Josh Bullocks
UFA
43
NYG Corey Webster
Starting CB
50
STL Ron Bartell
Starting CB
51
GB Nick Collins
Starting FS
56
DEN
Darrent Williams
Deceased
57
NYJ Justin Miller
Raiders Backup
60
IND Kelvin Hayden
Starting CB
62
PIT Bryant McFadden
With Cardinals
66
STL Oshiomogho Atogwe
Starting FS
72
DET Stanley Wilson
UFA
75
ARI
Eric Green
UFA
76
DEN Karl Paymah
UFA
Four of the first 20 defensive backs chosen in the 2005 NFL draft call the NFC West home after the Cardinals signed Bryant McFadden from the Steelers in free agency.

A fifth, Eric Green, recently paid a free-agent visit to the 49ers after four seasons with Arizona. A sixth, Karl Paymah, also visited San Francisco.

The Rams' former front office qualifies for criticism on numerous fronts, but the team did emerge from the 2005 draft with half its projected starting secondary in Ron Bartell and Oshiomogho Atogwe.

The Cardinals can feel better about selecting Antrel Rolle with the eighth pick now that the sixth choice, Adam "Pacman" Jones, is out of the league. Rolle made a successful transition to free safety after failing to realize his potential as a cornerback.

Cornerback market favoring Rams' Bartell

February, 19, 2009
2/19/09
3:54
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

 Bartell

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Rams' Ron Bartell keeps moving up the list of cornerbacks with the potential to reach unrestricted free agency.

His negotiating position appears to strengthen every time a higher-profile cornerback leaves the market. The Texans named Dunta Robinson their franchise player Thursday. The Raiders reached an agreement with Nnamdi Asomugha. The Colts previously re-signed Kelvin Hayden.

A few established cornerbacks remain without deals for 2009. The Redskins' DeAngelo Hall and the Falcons' Domonique Foxworth are among them.

The Rams plan to meet with Bartell's agent Thursday night. Bartell finished the 2008 season strong. He's more of an emerging player than an established one. The Rams have made re-signing him a priority.

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