Chat with Terry Blount
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN NFL Nation Seattle Seahawks reporter Terry Blount drops by to chat and answer all of your Seahawks questions.
Blount previously covered the NFL at the Houston Post and Houston Chronicle, including eight Super Bowls. In his career, he has also covered the NBA Finals, World Series, Final Four, Indy 500 and Daytona 500. Blount is also a member of the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame for his work covering auto racing.
Send your questions now and join Blount Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET!
Terry Blount (3:01 PM)
Hi folks. Glad you've joined the chat. A tough day for the Seahawks with Allen signing with the Bears, but Seattle is sticking to its long-term plan and isn't going to overpay for any player.
Emil [via mobile]
What positions should the Seahawks take in this years draft?
Terry Blount (3:02 PM)
I believe they should select an offensive lineman in the first round. I'd go with Xavier Su'a-Filo of UCLA, but David Yankey of Stanford wouldn't be a back pick, either.
Woody (Moline, IL)
Do you see any minor free agency moves left for depth? if so, who might they be? Enjoy your chats, Terry.
Terry Blount (3:03 PM)
Thanks Woody. They still could make a move at DE for either Shaun Phillips or Will Smith. But they also have Greg Scruggs coming back from being on IR last year, and they remain high on 2013 rookie Benson Mayowa.
I trust John Schneider and Pete Carroll but I'm still worried about the upcoming season. What moves will Pete and John make between now and the season to put our fears at ease?
Terry Blount (3:06 PM)
I don't expect any big moves. Allen was pretty much the last hope for that. But that's OK. The Seahawks are doing what they need to do to plan ahead for big-money deal they need to make with Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson. Other than Golden Tate, that didn't have a major desire to keep any of the other free agents they lost.
Herman Gombos (California)
Are the Seahawks still considered an elite team in your mind, because as a Hawks fan I'm a bit worried about the upcoming season. Thoughts?
Terry Blount (3:08 PM)
Absolutely they're still and elite team and still are favorite to reach the Super Bowl again. Obviously at the moment, they aren't as deep as they were at the end of last season, but that will change. The key pieces of the puzzle that made them the champs are still here.
sexybeast (Hawks City USA)
what is the estimated recovery time for bam kam chancellor
Terry Blount (3:10 PM)
Kam tweeted last night he isn't planning on having the hip surgery, which is good news. But even if he does, it's just a clean-up type thing that he would recover from in two or three weeks.
Lou (North NJ)
Hey Terry. Please explain to me why the Seahawks are not adding players. Are they that content with taking a step backwards to afford the big 3 next season? Im seeing a glaring need at WR, OT, DT and depth at CB.
Terry Blount (3:14 PM)
Lou, for the most part, they are doing exactly what they planned to do. They knew going in they couldn't keep everyone. That's true of any team that wins the Super Bowl. But yes, they are looking ahead to guys that will make over $10 million year _ Thomas, Sherman and Wilson. It hurt to lose Tate, but they still have Baldwin, Harvin and Kearse. And this is a great draft for WRs, so they'll likely get a good one. They also are high on 2013 rookie OL Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey. And CB still is strong with Sherman, Maxwell, Jeremy Lane and DeShawn Shead.
Dennis (Arizona) [via mobile]
Given all the new acquisitions in the office do you still feel we should win our division
Terry Blount (3:15 PM)
Seattle still is the best team in the NFC West in m opinion, but I'm really high on the Cardinals. Bruce Arians has done a great job there and they've brought in some talented free agents this month. Arizona is going to be tough.
How serious is the Hawks need/interest for a big receiver? i.e. Kenny Britt
Terry Blount (3:19 PM)
I don't think its a major interest. There are so many talented receivers in this draft, like Kelvin Benjamin, Allen Robinson and Davante Adams, to name a few,that you can get a quality guy in the first few rounds for a lot less money. And I know the Seahawks are really high on Chris Matthews, the CFL receiver they signed last month. He caught over 80 passes in 2012 before being injured most of last season.
How much influence do you think Kaepernick's deal will influence Wilson's contract?
Terry Blount (3:20 PM)
Quite a bit Ian. If Kaepernick gets $18 million a year, doesn't that mean Wilson is worth $20 million?
Keith H (Seattle)
Remember, Seahawks fans, the team drafted Redshirt Freshmen last year. They got into the system and didn't play. There's your depth. More draft picks might play this year, but Pete/John are reloading like Pete used to at USC. The sky isn't falling yet.
Terry Blount (3:24 PM)
Good point Keith. The 2013 rookies are better than what people saw. DT Jesse Williams, who was on IR, is a tough dude and extremely strong. DB Tharold Simon of LSU is a huge talent, which people will see soon. And Bowie likely will start this season at RT. And don't forget RB Christine Michael. Pete Carroll said at the combine he expects Michael do have a break-out season in 2014, which means he will see more playing time behind Lynch. The Seahawks also are going to get four compensatory draft picks in 2015.
Do you really think the Seahawks will be able to sign Thoms, Sherman and Wilson - ALL OF THEM? It just seems to me that they are caught in the trap every team experiences these days - you can't keep your players. I expect them to stumble this year prior to the Super Bowl, and then just be happy with making the playoffs.
Terry Blount (3:26 PM)
We'll see Jack. It's always tough to get back to the Super Bowl because every team is gunning for you. But I do believe they will keep all three of those guys, which is why they've let seven free agents leave, along with releasing three veterans - Clemons, Bryant and Rice. I think they're close to working out an extension with Thomas. They might consider franchising Sherman for next year. And there's no way Wilson is going anywhere.
Brenton P (Mount Vernon, Wa)
The last few years, Pete and John have surprised us with early picks in somewhat deep positions. If Seattle suprises us again by selecting someone at a position that isn't an obvious need do you have any predictions of who they might select?
Terry Blount (3:28 PM)
They are always tempted to pick the best player available, especially if someone who wasn't expecting to go 10 spots earlier falls to them. I don't see them doing that at QB or RB, but anywhere else is fair game.
Do you think that Pete's ability to rotate guys through every couple of years and John's ability to find those diamonds in the ruff are what keeps this team a force to be reckoned with or is there more that will be needed to complement their philosophy?
Terry Blount (3:33 PM)
There philosophy always is going to be to stay young, which is a trend now in the NFL because of their success. But they still will keep the key guys they need to keep. And the Seahawks believe in developing young guys and giving them a chance to play early in their careers. They will have guys step up this season who will surprise people, like Greg Scruggs, maybe, or Mayowa or maybe a WR like Ricardo Lockette. They do a better job than most teams at developing talent, especially on defense.
Lon Dixon (Okanogan WA)
Who could be that big surprise player that could make a splash this year
Terry Blount (3:34 PM)
If you're asking me to pick one, I'm going to say Jeremy Lane as the nickel back. He may be he second fastest player on the team to Harvin. He's a great cover guy and he's tough. He'll make some big plays in the nickel.
Should the Seahawks have interest in Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson. What would be the asking price for a one year rent a headache "touchdown machine"
Terry Blount (3:36 PM)
Absolutely not. His contract will pay him over $10 million this year. That's just not a sensible option for a team trying to save some money for the future. They already have one big-money receiver in Harvin.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What does the Seattle Seahawks need to address in the 2014 NFL Draft?
Terry Blount (3:38 PM)
OL and WR are the top two priorities. They also likely will select a DE early and probably a couple of DBs. They need to add depth at LB.
If Michael steps up next season at RB, does that make Turbin expendable?
Terry Blount (3:40 PM)
Robert is a quality player, but Michael probably is their future at RB. Turbin is a outstanding blocker and they want to keep him around. But Lynch is still the man for now. The question is how long can he play at this level considering the amount of punishment he takes with his bruising style of running.
Trevor (Portland, OR)
Earlier you referenced Petes comments re Michael... How do you see the RB time-share shaking out? I could envision something along the lines of Marshawn/Michael/Turbin: 70/20/10.
Terry Blount (3:41 PM)
I'd go more 60/30/10 to save Lynch a little bit and find out what Michael can do.
ryan (los angeles)
Whats the possibility of cutting Percy Harvin in 1 or 2 years? Will his contract allow us to cut him? We didn't need him to win the super bowl and now he looks like he is taking away money that could be spent somewhere else.
Terry Blount (3:43 PM)
They need his now with Tate gone. If Harvin is healthy, he is a rare game-changer type of athlete. And everyone saw what he can do on kickoffs. Who knows what happens two years from now, but he will be a big part of their offense in 2014.
brad (missoula) [via mobile]
are we still interested in TE Finley from Green Bay? dont we already ave the talent and depth at that position?
Terry Blount (3:46 PM)
That's an interesting questions Brad. I thought probably not until yesterday when Schneider said they still at an interesting in Finley once he clears all his medical hurdles. I think they see Finley as a hybrid more than a TE, sort of like Jimmy Graham. They think he can be that big wideout they are looking for, but it all depends on his medical clearance. An upper back spinal fusion is a very delicate thing.
Did M Bennett use his connection to his brother in Chicago as leverage to get the best deal possible from the Hawks or was it always a forgone conclusion that he would resign?
Terry Blount (3:47 PM)
Neither. Bennett stayed for two reasons _ He really loves Seattle and the Seahawks, and they gave him $16 million in guaranteed money. He said all along that he loves his brother, but this was business and he wouldn't make a decision based on where his brother played.
Will F (Wshington State)
Can you see a future for CFL player Chris Mathews with the hawks? Could he be another hidden gem PC & JS found where no one else was looking?
Terry Blount (3:49 PM)
I honestly think he can Will. He's a very talented player, not a burner, but a big, tough kid that can make a difference.
Do you see Sydney Rice coming back to Seattle?
Terry Blount (3:50 PM)
It's possible because Bevell likes him, but I doubt it. I think they are other options with this draft that would serve them better in the long run.
Herman G (California)
Could the Hawks extend Thomas and Sherman now and still have enough money for Wilson next offseason?
Terry Blount (3:51 PM)
It's impossible to project because you don't know who they might be willing to release to make the deal with Wilson. But I know their goal is to extend both Thomas and Sherman, which is easier said then done.
Keith H (Seattle)
Nice trick, Terry. You're chatting here and at the same time I'm listening to you on the Bob and Groz show. I take it the radio interview was pre-recorded?
Terry Blount (3:52 PM)
I'm a magician Keith, see me here and hear me there. I'm juggling tennis ball as I type this.
In the past we have seen Super Bowl teams lose players and thus do poorly the very next season. Do you see that from the Seahawks?
Terry Blount (3:53 PM)
No, I don't see what happened to Baltimore happening to Seattle. The Seahawks are too deep and too talented for that.
This comment may not make it but on behalf of all fans thank you Terry for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions
Terry Blount (3:54 PM)
Thanks Taylor. I really enjoy doing this because it's a chance to connect to fans and really see what's on everyone's minds about the upcoming season.
Kurt (Aberdeen, WA)
How does losing Brandon Browner affect the secondary going forward?
Terry Blount (3:57 PM)
Very little in my opinion. Even if Browner had come back, Maxwell still had earned the starting job. And the truth is Browner struggled at times last year in coverage before he was injured. Maxell isn't the physical presence that Browner was, but he's much better in coverage. Clearly, the Seahawks lost some depth with Brandon and Thurmond leaving, but the secondary is the deepest area on the team. Lane and Shead will step up.
How much longer do you see Marshawn Lynch being with the Hawks?
Terry Blount (3:58 PM)
Two years at the most.
Do you feel that seattle will trade up or down in the draft?
Terry Blount (3:59 PM)
I'd be shocked if they traded up. They might trade down if they believe they still can get the OL or WR they want later in the draft and garner an extra pick.
brad (MT) [via mobile]
From last seasons results, it seems like the hawks (and the entire NFC west) have very difficult schedules, do you believe our chances of wrapping up the west and home-field advantage will be more of a challenge to our team this year?
Terry Blount (4:01 PM)
Its defintely going to be tough because the NFC West is the best division in football. Arizona will be improved, and the Cardinals won 10 games last season. The 49ers are still among the league's best and the Rams will be better with Sam Bradford back.
Steven (Seattle, WA) [via mobile]
Do you think Seattle is a dynasty? And if not, do you think there is potential for it ?
Terry Blount (4:03 PM)
In this era on the NFL, I think it's almost impossible for any team to have a dynasty, if you consider a dynasty winning multiple Super Bowls in only a few years. That's no knock on the Seahawks, it's just so hard to do with salary cap restrictions in this era of free agency that causes more parity.
Terry Blount (4:04 PM)
I've gotta run folks. Great questions today and I look forward to doing this every week I can during the offseason. Enjoy your day. Peace.